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South Carolina RN Programs

Complete list of state approved pre-licensure registered nurse education programs

Earn your ADN degree or BSN degree at a South Carolina college

Registered Nurse Education in South Carolina

Registered Nurses (RNs) care for patients and help them manage their illnesses, and also serve as patient advocates and health educators. Essentially, their job function is to promote health. The average RN salary in South Carolina is $72,650 a year, or $38 an hour. If you are interested in becoming a nurse and live in the state of South Carolina, you will be find all of the necessary information in order for you to move forward and become an RN below.

RN Nursing Programs

If you are eager to join the ranks of registered nurses and start helping patients on their way to better health and well-being, then a 2-3 year diploma or certificate obtained from a hospital-based program would be the quickest route and would provide valuable experience in a hospital setting. These types of programs are akin to apprenticeships in that most of your training is hands-on and under close supervision of other senior nurse educators. However, be advised that this is the less common approach and in South Carolina these programs are rare because they are not offered in a lot of major cities. Many current health care employers prefer to hire registered nurses with either an associates degree or a bachelor degree in nursing.

The two-year Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is a more common approach because Community, Junior, or Technical Colleges are generally more accessible to potential nurses. Another program that is widely popular is the four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) program. BSN degree programs are offered at various brick and mortar colleges and universities as well as through online universities.


Regardless of which degree program you decide to enroll in, there are college prerequisites that have to be satisfied before you can start taking courses more geared toward your major. These courses are intended to make you a more well-rounded nurse by developing your Math, English, and Communication skills. Although it is important to note that with a four-year BSN you will have the opportunity to pursue other areas of interest and build upon or expand your nursing foundation. Other courses that you will have to take that are going to be critical to your success as a nurse include but are not limited to: natural and medical science, human physiology and anatomy, disease prevention, and health care theories.

RN Licensing

In order to practice nursing in any state you will have to be licensed. In South Carolina licensure is obtained through the State Board of Nursing after successfully passing the NCLEX-RN examination. Pearson Vue provides the exam and the cost of the test is currently $200. Prior to taking the exam, you will need to submit an application plus a $97 application fee to the South Carolina Board of Nursing. It is a comprehensive exam designed to assess the knowledge that is required to perform effectively and safely. As of May, 2011 the state-wide pass rate for the NCLEX-RN in South Carolina was about 89%.

Associates Degree RN Programs in South Carolina

Aiken Technical College

2276 Jefferson Davis Highway
P O Drawer 696
Aiken, SC 29802
Phone: (803) 593-9954, x1491

Central Carolina Technical College

133 South Main Street
Sumter, SC 29150
Phone: (803) 778-1961

Florence-Darlington Technical College

320 West Cheves Street
P O Box 100548
Florence, SC 29502
Phone: (843) 661-8324

Fortis College

246 Stoneridge Drive Suite 101
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 678-4800

Greenville Technical College

620 South Pleasantburg Drive
P O Box 5616
Greenville, SC 29606
Phone (864) 250-8382

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Grand Strand Campus
743 Hemlock Avenue
Myrtle Beach, SC 29557
Phone: (843) 477-0808

Midlands Technical College

1260 Lexington Avenue
P O Box 2408
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 822-3334

Northeastern Technical College

1201 Chesterfield Highway
P O Drawer 1007
Cheraw, SC 29520
Phone: (843) 921-6900

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College

3250 Saint Matthews Road
Orangeburg, SC 29118
Phone: (803) 535-1354

Piedmont Technical College

620 North Emerald Road
P O Box 1467
Greenwood, SC 29648
Phone: (864) 941-8724

Spartanburg Community College

P O Box 4386
Spartanburg, SC 29305
Phone: (864) 592-4871

Technical College of the Low Country

921 Ribaut Road
P O Box 1288
Beaufort, SC 29901
Phone: (843) 525-8267

Tri-County Technical College

7900 Highway 76
P O Box 587
Pendleton, SC 29670
Phone: (864) 646-1343

Trident Technical College

7000 Rivers Avenue
P O Box 118067
Charleston, SC 29423
Phone: (843) 574-6138

York Technical College/USC Lancaster

452 South Anderson Road
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Phone (803) 981-7067

Accredited South Carolina RN Schools

See our complete list of qualified RN nursing education programs in the state of South Carolina. The schools listed here offer pre-licensure nursing programs that meet the registered nursing education requirements set forth by the South Carolina State Board of Nursing. Although the schools listed on this page are accredited by the South Carolina Board of Nursing and approved by the state of South Carolina, they might not be accredited by national organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Individuals should check to see if the state-approved nursing school they are considering also enjoys national accreditation status if they are seeking a school with both accreditations.

BSN Degree RN Programs in South Carolina

Bob Jones University

1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greenville, SC 29614
Phone: (864) 242-5100, x2250

Charleston Southern University

9200 University Blvd
P O Box 118087
Charleston, SC 29423
Phone: (843) 863-7075

Clemson University

510 Edwards Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
Phone: (864) 656-7622

Francis Marion University

4822 East Palmetto Street
P O Box 100547
Florence, SC 29501
Phone: (843) 661-1690

Lander University

320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood, SC 29649
Phone: (864) 388-8337

Medical University of South Carolina

99 Jonathan Lucas Street
P O Box 250160
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: (843) 792-3941

Newberry College

2100 College Street
Newberry, SC 29108
Phone: (803) 321-5132

South Carolina State University

300 College Street, NE
P O Box 7158
Orangeburg, SC 29117
Phone: (803) 533-3678

South University

9 Science Court
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 799-9082

University of South Carolina-Aiken

471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801
Phone: (803) 641-3263

University of South Carolina – Beaufort

1 University Blvd.
Bluffton, SC 29909
Phone: (843) 208-8104

University of South Carolina

1601 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-3861

University of South Carolina – Upstate

800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: (864) 503-5444

Resources for Nurses and Nursing Students in South Carolina

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