Have you called the dean and asked? I know of several students who went to Orangeburg or Sumter for their first year and were able to transfer into MTC. That's been a while ago however and things may have changed.
Don't be scared away from MTC because of the waiting list. It's not that bad!!! I was put on a 3 yr waiting list and got asked to accept an early start date. I did accept it. I will graduate by the time I was supposed to start clinicals! That happens a good bit I think b/c people forfeit early start dates or something comes up and they quit school. If you have the grades, you can always apply for merit entry.