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CNA Training in South Carolina

Comprehensive guide to CNA training and certification in South Carolina

Start a new career as a certified nursing assistant

To become a nursing assistant in South Carolina you must complete 80 credit hours of training from an approved institution. Hands on clinical training must account for at least 40 of the 80 hours. You will then be required to successfully complete the CNA competency evaluation exam. The average cost of CNA training in South Carolina is around $600. There are some nursing homes that will offer on-site training or sponsorship, which can greatly reduce the cost or eliminate it all together. It is possible to take the classroom portion of the training in an online format. Classes can take from 3 to 7 weeks to complete and many schools offer test prep as part of their course. After taking the certification test, it can take anywhere from two weeks to a month to receive your certification papers. The education requirements for nurse aide training programs are regulated by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.


After all the classes and testing are passed, the work is waiting. A CNA is expected to fulfill many daily responsibilities. Along with patient care, such as bathing, dressing, and helping the patient become comfortable, the CNA can be called upon to check blood pressure, take temperature readings and check the patient’s heart rate. Controlling infection, assisting doctors, transporting patients to testing areas and helping the patient exercise are also typical CNA duties. It is not unusual to have the responsibility of communicating with the patient and their family on a daily basis as well.

The current pay rate for a new CNA in South Carolina starts at around $22,000 per year. If a CNA is hired through an agency, they usually receive $1 – $2 more per hour because of the “on-call” nature of the work. Benefits are more likely to be received from a full-time employment position.

A home health care position can have a flexible schedule with several different patients in different locations. People who don’t like the idea of being in the same setting all day might be interested in a home health aide position. If you enjoy going to work in the same place every day, you might prefer a nursing home or hospital setting. Generally, you will be paid a little more if you are working nights and or holidays in a home health care setting. When working as a CNA, part of the reward is knowing that you are helping others live more happy and comfortable lives.



Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

Programs:

  • Specialization in Nurse Educator (MSN)
For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting, AS (Online)

As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting (AS)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (AS)
Locations: SavannahColumbia

Set your career in motion at Virginia College.

Programs:

  • AAS - Medical Assistant
  • AS - Medical Assistant
  • DIP-Medical Assistant
  • And more...

You can complete Southeastern Institute's training programs in as few as 8 months! Receive hands-on instruction from caring instructors with practical experience in the fields in which they teach. Southeastern's small class sizes and individualized attention can be just the help that you need to succeed.

Programs:

  • Certificate in Medical Assisting
Locations: CharlotteCharleston
Start a great career in healthcare with Medical Careers Institute.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting - Associate
  • Practical Nursing - Diploma
Locations: North Charleston

At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career.

* Programs vary by location

* Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

Programs:

  • Medical Assistant Diploma
  • Medical Assistant
Locations: Columbia
Earn your degree or diploma on your schedule and succeed at Ashworth College.

Programs:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Office Assisting

Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) offers industry-relevant knowledge and training for in demand careers in healthcare.

Programs:

  • Diploma - Medical Administrative Assistant

With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.

Programs:

  • AA: Medical Office Assistance

List of CNA Classes in South Carolina

Absolute Medical Training – Florence

1222 South Irby Street, Florence, SC 29504

Academy for Technology and Academics – Conway

5639 Highway 701 North, Conway, South Carolina 29526

Advance Nursing Health Education Center CNA Class – Greenville

4318 East North Street, Greenville, SC 29607

Advantage Career Services, LLC. Nurse Aide Training – Easley

120 C Kay Drive, Easley, South Carolina 29640

Aiken County Career and Technology Center – Warrenville

2455 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Warrenville, SC 29851

Aiken Technical College Continuing Education Nurse Aide Training Program – Graniteville

P.O. Box 400, Graniteville, South Carolina 29829

Allendale County Helping Hands CNA Program

1843 Main Street South, Allendale, SC 29819

Allheart Allied Health Education Center Nursing Assistant Training Program – Sumter

188 South Pike East, Sumter, SC 29151

Anderson Districts I and II Career and Technology Center – Williamston

702 Belton Hwy., Williamston, SC 29569

Barnwell County Career Center Health Occupations – Blackville

5214 Reynolds Road, Blackville, South Carolina 29817

Beaufort-Jasper Adult and Community Education Nurse Aide Program – Ridgeland

80 Low Country Drive, Ridgeland, SC 29936

Bettys School of CNA – Johnsonville

311 South Hampton Ave., Johnsonville, SC 29555

Blythewood High School CNA Course

10910 Wilson Blvd., Blythewood, South Carolina 29016

Calhoun County High School – Orangeburg

3250 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29118

Care a Lot Nurse Aide Program – Greenwood

115 D Hampton Place Shopping Center, Greenwood, South Carolina 29646

Carolina Nursing Assistant Program Academy – Columbia

2611 Forest Drive, Columbia, South Carolina 29204

Central Carolina Technical College Continuing Education – Sumter

506 North Guignard Dr., Sumter, South Carolina 29150

Central High School Nursing Assistant Course – Pageland

200 Zion Church Road, Pageland, SC 29728

Cheraw High School Nurse Aide Program

649 Highway 9, Cheraw, SC 29520

Chesterfield High School CNA Training Program

401 North Page Street, Chesterfield, South Carolina 29709

Clinton High School Nursing Assistant Class

800 North Adair Street, Clinton, South Carolina 29325

Clover High School

1625 East Hwy 55, Clover, SC 29710

Columbia Health Care

4700 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206

Columbia High School CNA Training Program

1701 Westchester Drive, Columbia, South Carolina 29202

Conway Manor Nurse Aide Training Course

3300 4th Ave., Conway, South Carolina 29526

Cope Area Career Center Nurse Aide Program

6052 Slab Landing Road, Cope, SC 29038

Daniel Morgan Technology Center Nurse Aide Course – Spartanburg

201 Zion Hill Road, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29307

Denmark Technical College CNA Training Course

P.O. Box 327, Denmark, South Carolina 29042

Denmark Technical College Nursing Division CNA Class

1126 Solomon Blatt Blvd., Denmark, SC 29042

Dillon County Technology Center Adult Education Nursing Assistant Program

Highway 9 East, Dillon, SC 29536

Divine Health Academy CNA Training – Rock Hill

103 Schoolside Drive, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730

Donaldson Career Center – Greenville

100 Vocational Drive, Greenville, South Carolina 29605

Dorchester County Career School CNA Training Program – Summerville Site

449 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, SC 29485

Dorchester County Career School Dorchester Site

507 Schoolhouse Road, Dorchester, SC 29437

Enoree Career and Technology Center Nurse Aide Course – Greenville

108 Scalybark Road, Greenville, SC 29617

F.E. Dubose Career Center Nurse Aide Course – Manning

3351 Sumter Hwy., Manning, SC 29102

Fairfield Career and Technology Center Nurse Assistant Program – Winnsboro

1451 US Highway 321 North, Winnsboro, South Carolina 29180

Florence-Darlington Technical College – Curriculum CNA

P.O. Box 100548, Florence, South Carolina 29501

Florence-Darlington Technical College Lake City Site

278 West Cole Street, Lake City, SC 29560

Florence-Darlington Technical College CNA Training Program – Main Campus

2715 West Lucas Street, Florence, SC 29501

Floyd D. Johnson Technology Center CNA Training Course – York

1010 Devinney Road, York, SC 29745

Forrest Junior College – Anderson

601 East River Street, Anderson, South Carolina 29624

G. Frank Russell Career and Technology Center – Greenwood

601 East Northside Drive, Greenwood, SC 29649

Georgetown Healthcare and Rehabilitation Nurse Aide Program

2715 South Island Road, Georgetown, SC 29440

Georgetown High School CNA Training Course

2500 Anthuan Maybank Dr., Georgetown, South Carolina 29440

Gilbert High School Nurse Aide Training Program

Main Street, Gilbert, South Carolina 29054

Golden Strip Career Center Nursing Assistant Course – Greenville

1120 East Butler Road, Greenville, South Carolina 29607

Goose Creek High School Nurse Aide Training Course

1137 Red Bank Road, Goose Creek, SC 29445

Greenville Technical College Continuing Education Nurse Aide Course

P.O. Box 5616, Greenville, SC 29606

Greenville Technical College Nursing Division CNA Training Course

P.O. Box 5616, Greenville, South Carolina 29606

Hanahan High School Nurse Aide Course – Hanahan

6015 Murray Drive, Hanahan, South Carolina 29406

Health Services 2000, Inc. – Hilton Head

11 Palmetto Parkway, Hilton Head, South Carolina 29926

Heyward Career and Technology Center Nurse Aide Course – Columbia

3560 Lynhaven Drive, Columbia, South Carolina 29204

Horry-Georgetown Technical College – Myrtle Beach Campus

743 Hemlock Ave., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Horry-Georgetown Technical College at Conway CNA Training Course

2050 Hwy 501 East, Conway, SC 29526

Horry-Georgetown Technical College at Georgetown

4003 South Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440

Kershaw County Medical Center Nurse Aide Training – Camden

1315 Roberts Street, Camden, SC 29020

Kingstree Senior High School

615 Martine Luther King Ave., Kingstree, SC 29556

Laurens District 55 Nursing Assistant Program

5058 Hwy. 76 West, Laurens, South Carolina 29360

Lexington County School District Three Lifelong Learning Center – Batesburg-Leesville

101 West Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006

Lexington District Two and Four Adult Education CNA Course – Granby Education Center

1407 Dunbar Road, Cayce, South Carolina 29033

Lexington Technology Center CNA Class

2421 Augusta Hwy., Lexington, South Carolina 29072

Lower Richland High School Nurse Aide Training – Hopkins

2615 Lower Richland Blvd., Hopkins, SC 29061

Magnolia Manor Greenwood Nurse Aide Course

1415 Parkway, Greenwood, South Carolina 29646

Marlboro County High School HST Extension Nurse Assistant Program – Bennettsville

951 Fayetteville Ave., Bennettsville, SC 29512

Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Center – Laurens

#1 Martha Franks Drive, Laurens, SC 29360

Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center – Aiken

P.O. Box 475, Aiken, South Carolina 29802

McBee High School

264 East Pine Ave. Hwy 151, McBee, SC 29101

McCormick High School Nurse Aide Program

516 Mims Drive, McCormick, South Carolina 29835

Medford Nursing Center CNA Course – Darlington

105 Medford Drive, Darlington, South Carolina 29532

MedTech Columbia Nurse Aide Program – Columbia

3300 B Kay St., Columbia, SC 29210

MedTech Spartanburg Nursing Assistant Program – Columbia

3300 B Kay Street, Columbia, SC 29210

Mejias Medical Resource Center Nurse Aide Training – Florence

777 Second Loop Road, Florence, South Carolina 29505

Mejias Medical Resource Center of Dillon Nurse Assistant Program

1706 A Hwy 301, Dillon, South Carolina 29536

Mejias Medical Training Center of Hartsville Nurse Assistant Program

777 Second Loop Road, Florence, SC 29505

Midlands Technical College Continuing Education – Columbia

P.O. Box 2408, Columbia, South Carolina 29202

Newberry County Career Center CNA Training Program

3413 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108

NHC Healthcare – Greenwood

P.O. Box 3109, Greenwood, SC 29648

NHC Healthcare CNA Class – Clinton

P.O. Box 727, Clinton, SC 29325

NHC Healthcare CNA Training Course – Greenville

1305 Boiling Springs Road, Greer, SC 29650

NHC Healthcare Nurse Aide Course – Mauldin

850 East Butler Rd., Mauldin, South Carolina 29662

NHC Healthcare Nurse Aide Program – Anderson

1501 East Greenville, Anderson, SC 29622

NHC Healthcare Nurse Aide Training – North Augusta

200 Austin Grayhill Rd., North Augusta, South Carolina 29841

NHC Healthcare Nursing Assistant Course – Laurens

301 Pinehaven Street, Laurens, South Carolina 29360

NHC Healthcare Nursing Assistant Program – Garden City

9405 Highway 17 Bypass, Murrell Inlet, South Carolina 29576

Northeastern Technical College Continuing Education – Chesterfield

P.O. Box 1007, Chesterfield, SC 29520

Oakmont East Nursing Center – Greenville

601 Sulphur Springs Rd., Greenville, SC 29611

Orangeburg District Five Technology Center Nurse Aide Program

3720 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29115

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Continuing Education – Lake Marion

3250 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg, SC 29115

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Continuing Education at The Oaks

3250 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29118

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Geriatric Care Assistant

3250 St. Matthews Road NE, Orangeburg, SC 29115

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Nurse Assistant Program

3250 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg, SC 29118

P.A.T.C.H. – People Advocating To Change Humanity – North Charleston

2931 Spruill Ave., North Charleston, SC 29405

Palmetto Health Baptist – Columbia

1301 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC 29220

Pelion High School Health Science Technology CNA Class

600 Lydia Drive, Pelion, South Carolina 29123

Piedmont Technical College – Edgefield Site

P.O. Box 1467, Greenwood, SC 29648

Piedmont Technical College – McCormick Site

P.O. Box 1467, Greenwood, SC 29648

Piedmont Technical College CNA Program – Newberry Site

P.O. Box 1467, Greenwood, South Carolina 29648

Piedmont Technical College Continuing Education – Abbeville Site

620 North Emerald Rd., Greenwood, SC 29646

Piedmont Technical College Continuing Education CNA Program – Greenwood

Emerald Rd., Greenwood, South Carolina 29646

Piedmont Technical College Laurens Site CNA Program

P.O. Box 1467, Greenwood, SC 29648

Presbyterian Home of South Carolina CNA Course – Summerville

201 West 9th North Street, Summerville, South Carolina 29483

Professional Medical Training Center CNA Course – Florence

2204-F Second Loop Road, Florence, SC 29501

Professional Nursing Services – Marion

P.O. Box 723, Marion, South Carolina 29571

R.D. Anderson Applied Technology CNA Course – Moore

1151 Moore-Duncan Hwy., Moore, South Carolina 29369

Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home CNA Class – Anderson

4605 Belton Hwy., Anderson, South Carolina 29621

Richland School District One Adult and Community Education CNA Program – Columbia

2612 Covenant Road, Columbia, SC 29204

Ridge View High School Nursing Assistant Course – Columbia

4801 Hard Scrabble Rd., Columbia, South Carolina 29229

Saluda High School Health Science Technology CNA Class

160 Ivory Keys Rd., Saluda, South Carolina 29138

Southwinds of S.C., Inc. Nursing Assistant Course – Camden

P.O. Box 431, Camden, South Carolina 29020

Spartanburg Community College Nursing Assistant Program

P.O. Box 4386, Spartanburg, SC 29305

Spartanburg Community College-Cherokee Campus

P.O. Box 4386, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29305

Spartanburg Technical College – Newberry

P.O. Box 4386, Spartanburg, SC 29305

Still Hope Episcopal Retirement Community CNA Class – West Columbia

One Still Hope Drive, West Columbia, SC 29169

Strom Thurmond Career Center Nurse Aide Training Program – Johnston

17 Par Drive, Johnston, South Carolina 29832

Sumter County Career Center Nurse Aide Training Course

2612 McCrays Mill Road, Sumter, SC 29150

Swansea High School CNA Course

500 East 1st Street, Swansea, South Carolina 29160

Swofford Career Center Nurse Aide Class – Inman

5620 Highway 11, Inman, South Carolina 29349

Technical College of the Low Country Academy for Career Excellence – Beaufort

P.O. Box 1288, Beaufort, SC 29902

Technical College of the Low Country Nurse Aide Course – Hampton

P.O. Box 1288, Beaufort, South Carolina 29902

Technical College of the Low Country Nurse Aide Training Course – New River Campus

P.O. Box 1288, Beaufort, SC 29902

Technical College of the Low Country Nursing Assistant Program – Beaufort

P.O. Box 1288, Beaufort, South Carolina 29902

The Darlington County Institute of Technology

160 Pinedale Drive, Darlington, SC 29532

The Occupational Outlook Center Nursing Assistant Program – Georgetown

P.O. Box 843, Georgetown, South Carolina 29440

Thunderbolt Career and Technology Center Nursing Assistant Course – Walterboro

1069 Thunderbolt Drive, Walterboro, SC 29488

Timmonsville High School Nursing Assistant Program

104 North Kershaw Street, Timmonsville, SC 29161

Tri-County Technical College – B.J. Skelton Career Center

7900 Highway 76, Pendleton, SC 29670

Tri-County Technical College CNA Program – Oconee Hospital

P.O. Box 587, Pendleton, SC 29670

Tri-County Technical College Curriculum CNA – Pendleton

P.O. Box 587, Pendleton, SC 29670

Tri-County Technical College Health Care Consortium – Pendleton

P.O. Box 587, Pendleton, South Carolina 29670

Tri-County Technical College Nurse Aide Training – Fred Hamilton Career Center

P.O. Box 587, Pendleton, South Carolina 29670

Tri-County Technical College Nurse Aide Training Program – BMC Easley

7900 Highway 76, Pendleton, South Carolina 29670

Trident One Stop Career Center CNA Program – North Charleston

1930 Hanahan Road, North Charleston, South Carolina 29406

Trident Technical College Continuing Education – Charleston

P.O. Box 118067, Charleston, SC 29423

Trident Technical College Nursing Division CNA Training Course – Charleston

7000 Rivers Ave., Charleston, South Carolina 29423

Trinity Mission Health and Rehabilitation of Edgefield, L.P. Nursing Assistant Program

226 WA Reel Drive, Edgefield, South Carolina 29824

Union Co. Adult Education

517 East Main Street, Union, South Carolina 29379

Union County Career and Technology Center Nursing Assistant Course

1165 Lakeside Drive, Union, SC 29379

Veterans Victory House Nursing Home of Walterboro CNA Course

2461 Sidneys Road, Walterboro, South Carolina 29488

White Oak Manor York Nurse Aide Training – York

P.O. Box 629, York, South Carolina 29745

Williamsburg Technical College Nurse Aide Class – Kingstree

601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Kingstree, South Carolina 29556

York Technical College Continuing Education – Rock Hill

452 South Anderson Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29730

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South Carolina CNA Certification Programs

Browse our list of South Carolina schools that offer CNA training courses to become a certified nursing assistant. Nurse aide programs are usually offered at community colleges, junior colleges, trade schools and technical/vocational schools. Our directory includes as many CNA programs as possible, but is not complete as there may be additional CNA programs that are not listed here. Many long-term care facilities offer CNA training to current employees and trainees. In many cases these programs are not widely advertised, but can be discovered by contacting the facilities directly.

3 Steps to South Carolina CNA Certification

1) Graduate from an approved CNA training program

2) Pass the South Carolina CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the multiple choice portion and the clinical skills portion)

3) Pass the South Carolina CNA exam within 24 months of completing an approved nursing assistant education program

Helpful Links for Nurse Aides in South Carolina

South Carolina Board of Nursing
South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry

Nurse Aide Employment Outlook 2010-2011
National Association of Health Care Assistants
National Network of Career Nursing Assistants