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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.

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    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