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South Carolina RN Programs

Registered nursing is an exciting and rewarding career in which there are many opportunities. RNs help patients on a daily basis and have the opportunity to earn a competitive salary. South Carolina offers many RN programs to help one begin such a career.

When it comes to choosing from the array of RN programs in South Carolina, it is important to consider the length of the program. RN programs range from 2-4 years, so those who do not want to attend a 4 year school can still become an RN. A Potential student has the ability to choose the best program to suit his or her personal preferences.

In South Carolina, one can become licensed either by examination or by endorsement. South Carolina is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact, meaning that those who reside in and are licensed in another compact state can practice in South Carolina without additional licensure.

Becoming Licensed by Examination in South Carolina

In order to become licensed by examination, an individual must have graduated from an approved nursing education program. The exam used to license RNs is the NCLEX-RN. In addition to the application for licensure, an individual must submit the following items to the board:

  • Application fee
  • Recent passport-type photo
  • Copy of birth certificate or passport
  • Copy of Social Security Card or equivalent
  • Copy of any applicable name change documents
  • SC Graduates: completion date of coursework from the Dean
  • Non-SC Graduates: Official Transcript
  • Foreign Graduates: CGFNS Certification and passing TOEFL score
  • Criminal Background Check and FBI Fingerprint Cards

Becoming Licensed by Endorsment in South Carolina

Those who are residents of and licensed in a non-compact state or are licensed in another compact state but now reside in South Carolina can become licensed by endorsement. Applicants must submit the following items:

  • Recent passport-type photo
  • Copy of birth certificate or passport
  • Copy of Social Security Card or equivalent
  • Copy of current nursing license
  • Evidence of continued competence
  • Proof of residence
  • Verification of Licensure from original state
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Application Fee

Those who wish to renew an RN license must fulfill continuing education requirements to do so.

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The Best RN Schools in South Carolina

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, NurseGroups.com helps South Carolina residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the South Carolina Board of Nursing.

Why Online RN Classes?

Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in "classroom" discussions and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.


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1688 nursing students recently graduated from South Carolina nursing schools.

South Carolina State Board of Nursing
110 Centerview Drive
Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 896-4550
Fax: (803) 896-4525

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Other Schools with RN Programs in South Carolina

University of South Carolina
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801
Technical College of Low Country
921 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, SC 29901
University of South Carolina Beaufort
801 Carteret Street
Beaufort, SC 29902
Charleston Southern University
9200 University Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29406
Medical University of South Carolina
171 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
Clemson University
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634
Midlands Technical College
316 South Beltline Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29205
University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
2050 Highway 501 East
Conway, SC 29528
Florence-Darlington Technical College
2715 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC 29502
Francis Marion University
PO Box 100547
Florence, SC 29502
Aiken Technical College
2276 J. Davis Highway
Graniteville, SC 29829
Bob Jones University
1700 Wade Hampton Boulevard
Greenville, SC 29614
Greenville Technical College
PO Box 5616
Greenville, SC 29606
Lander University
320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood, SC 29649
Piedmont Technical College
620 N. Emerald Rd.
Greenwood, SC 29648
Trident Technical College
7000 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29406
Orangeburg - Calhoun Technical College
3250 St. Matthews Road
Orangeburg, SC 29118
South Carolina State University
300 College Street NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117
Tri-County Technical College
P.O. Box 587
Pendleton, SC 29670
York Technical College
452 South Anderson Road
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Spartanburg Community College
800 Brisack Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303
University of South Carolina - Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Central Carolina Tech College
506 N Guignard Dr.
Sumter, SC 29150

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