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LPN to RN Programs in South Carolina

There is no shortage in nursing schools in South Carolina that offer a Registered Nurse to Bachelors of Science in Nursing program. They all follow a similar curriculum, which is designed to provide nurses with new perspective that build on knowledge gained while working in the field and attending nursing school. A common program will typically include:
  • Philosophies of Health ad Wellness
  • Disruptions in Health
  • Pediatrics in the community
  • Promotion of Health
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Professional Role Transition
Programs are generally completed in less than two years of full-time study. Part-time schedules are also available to meet the needs of working nurses.

 

South Carolina RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

The candidate will need to apply to the South Carolina board and register with Pearson VUE, the company that administers the NCLEX exam. The candidate may apply prior to graduation and must include a passport photo with the application. There is a $90 fee that the candidate will be responsible in order to apply by examination. There is also a $200 fee to take the NCLEX exam. Candidates may be issued a temporary permit while waiting for their NCLEX results. If the candidate does not pass on the first attempt, there will be a 45-day waiting before he/she can test again. The exam can be attempted for up to a year and will require remediation after that point. There is a $65 fee that is owed to the board for re-examination.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states will be able to obtain licensure in South Carolina by endorsement. South Carolina accepts both the NCLEX and the SBTPE. There are two cases in which an out of state nurse may be granted a temporary permit. One is when the initial screening proves that the candidate is eligible for licensure. In this scenario the permit is good for up to 60 days. The second scenario will grant the nurse a 90-day permit. In order to obtain a permit in this case, the nurse must complete a refresher course. The endorsement application itself costs $100 and there is an additional $10 fee for the temporary license.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Nurses who completed a nursing program in a foreign country must demonstrate English proficiency. Their credentials must also be evaluated through a professional service.

Total Schools: 16

Ranked Schools: 15

Ranked: 1 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.816196.32%

York Technical College

452 S Anderson Rd, Rock Hill, SC - 29730 (803) 327-8000

York Technical College is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  They  offer a DAS (diploma) for practical nursing, a AAS degree – Gen Tech Nursing – Practical, an AAS – Nursing (ADN) and an AAS – Gen Tech to Nursing (ADN).  Their program is a collaboration with University of South Carolina Lancaster, and students (even LPN students earning AAS degree) ready themselves for advanced degrees at University of South Carolina Lancaster.

Campus: Rock Hill, SC
Net Price: $6,622.00
Enrollment: 5,030
Transfer Out Rate: 15.90%
Loan Default Rate: $17.70
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-11.57%
Graduation Rate: 12.10%
Median Borrowing: 6,750.00%
Median Payment: 70.48%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.8015196.03%

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College

3250 Saint Matthews Rd, Orangeburg, SC - 29118-8299 (803) 536-0311

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina.  OCtech offers a practical nursing program, an ADN program and an ADN FLEX program; the FLEX program is the LPN to ADN program operates from January to December, with classes being offered on-campus and online.  Clinicals are offered on weekends.

Campus: Orangeburg, SC
Net Price: $6,539.00
Enrollment: 2,718
Transfer Out Rate: 10.90%
Loan Default Rate: $21.40
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-9.62%
Graduation Rate: 10.20%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7875195.75%

Spartanburg Community College

107 Community College Drive, Spartanburg, SC - 29303 (864) 592-4600

Spartanburg Community College is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  They offer an ADN program.  They no longer have an LPN to RN transition program; however, students are admitted to their program on a :”points system” and LPNs can earn more points based on their nursing experience.

Campus: Spartanburg, SC
Net Price: $4,939.00
Enrollment: 5,864
Transfer Out Rate: 17.50%
Loan Default Rate: $18.90
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $10.10%
Graduation Rate: 11.70%
Median Borrowing: 3,500.00%
Median Payment: 36.54%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7275194.55%

Technical College of the Lowcountry

921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC - 29901-1288 (800) 768-8252

Technical College of the Lowcountry is located in Beaufort, South Carolina.  They offer a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  Students enrolled in the ADN program are eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Exam after completion of NUR102 “Basic Nursing Skills”.

Campus: Beaufort, SC
Net Price: $4,798.00
Enrollment: 2,427
Transfer Out Rate: 27.20%
Loan Default Rate: $10.70
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-16.86%
Graduation Rate: 9.90%
Median Borrowing: 5,746.00%
Median Payment: 59.99%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7095194.19%

Piedmont Technical College

620 North Emerald Road, Greenwood, SC - 29646 (864) 941-8324

Piedmont Technical College is located in Greenwood, South Carolina.  They offer ADN degrees and an LPN to RN degree.  They offer two ADN degrees – one generic ADN degree and one designed for transfer to four-year degree programs.  They also offer a nursing care certificate, which is an aide program designed for students who seek to become aide's in preparation for the ADN program.

Campus: Greenwood, SC
Net Price: $7,492.00
Enrollment: 6,171
Transfer Out Rate: 11.70%
Loan Default Rate: $22.60
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $10.88%
Graduation Rate: 13.20%
Median Borrowing: 8,250.00%
Median Payment: 86.14%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.688193.76%

Trident Technical College

7000 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, SC - 29423-8067 (843) 574-6111

Trident Technical College is located in Charleston, South Carolina.  They offer several degree options for students looking to break into nursing; they offer a practical nursing and an ADN program.  In addition, they offer an LPN-ADN program, which begins each summer.  They also offer an accelerated ADN program, which is designed for students holding a prior bachelor's degree; it is completed in 15 months.

Campus: Charleston, SC
Net Price: $6,314.00
Enrollment: 17,489
Transfer Out Rate: 19.60%
Loan Default Rate: $16.50
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC, NACCAS
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $20.34%
Graduation Rate: 10.00%
Median Borrowing: 10,128.00%
Median Payment: 105.75%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6825193.65%

Greenville Technical College

738 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC - 29607-2418 (864) 250-8000

Greenville Technical College is located in Greenville, South Carolina.  They are one of the largest ADN programs in South Carolina and have been in operation since 1971.  Their program is an ADN program and they also have a BSN transfer option with USC Upstate.

Campus: Greenville, SC
Net Price: $9,270.00
Enrollment: 13,448
Transfer Out Rate: 23.10%
Loan Default Rate: $17.50
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $9.99%
Graduation Rate: 8.80%
Median Borrowing: 10,026.00%
Median Payment: 104.68%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.61192.20%

Central Carolina Technical College

506 N Guignard Dr, Sumter, SC - 29150-2499 (803) 778-1961

Central Carolina Technical College is located in Sumter, South Carolina.  They offer an ADN program and an LPN to ADN program.  The LPN to ADN program allows for advanced placement into the ADN program.

Campus: Sumter, SC
Net Price: $8,616.00
Enrollment: 4,456
Transfer Out Rate: 7.20%
Loan Default Rate: $21.50
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $27.14%
Graduation Rate: 11.10%
Median Borrowing: 4,603.00%
Median Payment: 48.06%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6005192.01%

Midlands Technical College

1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, SC - 29170-2176 (803) 738-8324

Midlands Technical College is located in West Columbia, South Carolina.  They offer an ADN degree program and an LPN to ADN advanced placement option, where the LPN can have advanced placement into the nursing program.  MTC has been in existence since 1974, when three schools came together to form MTC.

Campus: West Columbia, SC
Net Price: $6,187.00
Enrollment: 11,634
Transfer Out Rate: 25.40%
Loan Default Rate: $14.40
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.32%
Graduation Rate: 9.90%
Median Borrowing: 6,900.00%
Median Payment: 72.04%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5975191.95%

Aiken Technical College

2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville, SC - 29829 (803) 508-7263

Aiken Technical College is located in Graniteville, South Carolina.  They offer a practical nursing program, an ADN program and an LPN to ADN transition option.  LPNs take a transition semester, then join the RN students for the final two semesters.

Campus: Graniteville, SC
Net Price: $6,250.00
Enrollment: 2,583
Transfer Out Rate: 10.80%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-4.22%
Graduation Rate: 9.40%
Median Borrowing: 5,098.00%
Median Payment: 53.23%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2925185.85%

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

2050 Highway 501 East, Conway, SC - 29526 (843) 347-3186
Campus: Conway, SC
Net Price: $7,739.00
Enrollment: 7,660
Transfer Out Rate: 21.40%
Loan Default Rate: $20.80
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $24.10%
Graduation Rate: 17.60%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1795183.59%

Tri-County Technical College

7900 U.S. Hwy 76, Pendleton, SC - 29670 (864) 646-1500
Campus: Pendleton, SC
Net Price: $10,063.00
Enrollment: 6,553
Transfer Out Rate: 42.90%
Loan Default Rate: $30.90
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $16.01%
Graduation Rate: 12.70%
Median Borrowing: 5,250.00%
Median Payment: 54.82%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.12182.40%

Northeastern Technical College

1201 Chesterfield Hwy., Cheraw, SC - 29520 (843) 921-6900
Campus: Cheraw, SC
Net Price: $7,522.00
Enrollment: 1,153
Transfer Out Rate: 10.80%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $13.61%
Graduation Rate: 14.30%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.0965181.93%

Florence-Darlington Technical College

2715 W. Lucas Street, Florence, SC - 29501 (843) 661-8324
Campus: Florence, SC
Net Price: $5,933.00
Enrollment: 5,991
Transfer Out Rate: 9.70%
Loan Default Rate: $22.30
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC, NACCAS
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $34.66%
Graduation Rate: 11.60%
Median Borrowing: 7,000.00%
Median Payment: 73.09%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 15 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.2395164.79%

Fortis College-Columbia

246 Stoneridge Dr Ste 101, Columbia, SC - 29210 (803) 678-4800
Campus: Columbia, SC
Net Price: $15,003.00
Enrollment: 543
Loan Default Rate: $12.10
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $22.48%
Graduation Rate: 58.00%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in South Carolina

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A University of South Carolina-Lancaster N/A Lancaster, SC

LPN to BSN Programs in South Carolina

 

South Carolina RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

The candidate will need to apply to the South Carolina board and register with Pearson VUE, the company that administers the NCLEX exam. The candidate may apply prior to graduation and must include a passport photo with the application. There is a $90 fee that the candidate will be responsible in order to apply by examination. There is also a $200 fee to take the NCLEX exam. Candidates may be issued a temporary permit while waiting for their NCLEX results. If the candidate does not pass on the first attempt, there will be a 45-day waiting before he/she can test again. The exam can be attempted for up to a year and will require remediation after that point. There is a $65 fee that is owed to the board for re-examination.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states will be able to obtain licensure in South Carolina by endorsement. South Carolina accepts both the NCLEX and the SBTPE. There are two cases in which an out of state nurse may be granted a temporary permit. One is when the initial screening proves that the candidate is eligible for licensure. In this scenario the permit is good for up to 60 days. The second scenario will grant the nurse a 90-day permit. In order to obtain a permit in this case, the nurse must complete a refresher course. The endorsement application itself costs $100 and there is an additional $10 fee for the temporary license.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Nurses who completed a nursing program in a foreign country must demonstrate English proficiency. Their credentials must also be evaluated through a professional service.

Total Schools: 15

Ranked Schools: 13

Ranked: 1 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 51100.00%

Anderson University

316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC - 29621-4035 (864) 231-2000

Anderson University is located in Anderson, Texas.  Anderson University is a Christian university.  They offer a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program and an RN to BSN program. The RN to BSN program is offered online and can be completed at the student's pace.  The students with at least 59 college credits, or a previous bachelor's degree, are eligible for the ABSN degree.

Campus: Anderson, SC
Net Price: $18,205.00
Enrollment: 2,652
Loan Default Rate: $9.60
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $17.32%
Graduation Rate: 41.40%
Median Borrowing: 20,500.00%
Median Payment: 214.04%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.708194.16%

The Medical University of South Carolina

179 Ashley Ave, Charleston, SC - 29425 (843) 792-2300

The Medical University of South Carolina is located in Charleston, South Carolina.  MUSC is unique because it offers only the classes needed for the degrees – students must earn their prerequisites elsewhere.  They offer an accelerated BSN and an RN to BSN program.  The accelerated BSN is available to all students – all students require a minimum of 60 prerequisite credits for entrance.

Campus: Charleston, SC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6945193.89%

Lander University

320 Stanley Avenue, Greenwood, SC - 29649-2099 (864) 388-8000

Lander University is located in Greenwood, South Carolina.  The William Preston Turner School of Nursing offers a pre-licensure BSN program, an online RN to BSN program and an MSN for Clinical Nurse Leader program.

Campus: Greenwood, SC
Net Price: $13,847.00
Enrollment: 2,792
Transfer Out Rate: 31.60%
Loan Default Rate: $10.00
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $16.19%
Graduation Rate: 51.50%
Median Borrowing: 16,500.00%
Median Payment: 172.28%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.668193.36%

Charleston Southern University

9200 University Blvd, Charleston, SC - 29406-9121 (843) 863-7000

Charleston Southern University is located in Charleston, South Carolina.  The College of Nursing offers a BSN program and an online MSN program (Nurse Educator emphasis or Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Administration emphasis).

Campus: Charleston, SC
Net Price: $17,058.00
Enrollment: 2,912
Loan Default Rate: $8.80
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $11.04%
Graduation Rate: 36.10%
Median Borrowing: 18,250.00%
Median Payment: 190.55%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6275192.55%

University of South Carolina

Columbia-Campus, Columbia, SC - 29208 (803) 777-7000

University of South Carolina is located in Columbia, South Carolina.  USC has been rated #1 in the nation by US News and World Report for their online education Master's programs.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program, in addition to a wide variety of post-graduate options.

Campus: Columbia, SC
Net Price: $17,220.00
Enrollment: 24,180
Transfer Out Rate: 9.20%
Loan Default Rate: $4.70
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $11.19%
Graduation Rate: 72.70%
Median Borrowing: 20,966.00%
Median Payment: 218.91%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.598191.96%

Clemson University

201 Sikes Hall, Clemson, SC - 29634 (864) 656-4636

Clemson University is located in Clemson, South Carolina.  Clemson's School of Nursing is among only 35 nursing programs nationwide to be recognized since 2004 as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. They offer a BSN program, an accelerated BSN, which is a 16-month curriculum for second-degree learners, and an online RN to BSN program.

Campus: Clemson, SC
Net Price: $16,817.00
Enrollment: 16,931
Transfer Out Rate: 14.70%
Loan Default Rate: $4.00
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $0.72%
Graduation Rate: 82.50%
Median Borrowing: 22,357.00%
Median Payment: 233.43%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.572191.44%

Bob Jones University

1700 Wade Hampton Boulavard, Greenville, SC - 29614-0001 (864) 242-5100

Bob Jones University is located in Greenville, South Carolina.  BJU is a Christian college and they offer a biblical approach to nursing education.  Their education is largely focused on clinicals – they have a 3-year Clinical Program.  Students also have the opportunity to serve on mission trips, such as in Peru or Africa.  They offer a BSN program.

Campus: Greenville, SC
Net Price: $16,448.00
Enrollment: 2,913
Transfer Out Rate: 9.30%
Loan Default Rate: $0.90
Institution Accreditation: TRACS
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-5.44%
Graduation Rate: 61.40%
Median Borrowing: 14,000.00%
Median Payment: 146.18%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.522190.44%

Francis Marion University

4822 East Palmetto Street, Florence, SC - 29506 (843) 661-1362

Francis Marion University is located in Florence, South Carolina.  They offer a traditional BSN program.  They also offer several RN to BSN options – they offer an online program, a hybrid program a their Mount Pleasant campus, and also an RN to BSN Veterans program.  The veterans program is for honorably or generally discharged veterans to complete their nursing education; not only does this program give credit for nursing experience, but also military experience.

Campus: Florence, SC
Net Price: $12,451.00
Enrollment: 3,714
Transfer Out Rate: 36.20%
Loan Default Rate: $11.00
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-23.46%
Graduation Rate: 40.60%
Median Borrowing: 20,000.00%
Median Payment: 208.82%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.46189.20%

South University-Columbia

9 Science Court, Columbia, SC - 29203 (803) 799-9082
Campus: Columbia, SC
Net Price: $24,087.00
Enrollment: 1,167
Loan Default Rate: $23.10
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-7.22%
Graduation Rate: 7.40%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3455186.91%

University of South Carolina-Aiken

471 University Pkwy, Aiken, SC - 29801 (803) 648-6851
Campus: Aiken, SC
Net Price: $11,300.00
Enrollment: 3,175
Transfer Out Rate: 34.60%
Loan Default Rate: $8.20
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $14.57%
Graduation Rate: 42.10%
Median Borrowing: 15,043.00%
Median Payment: 157.07%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3035186.07%

University of South Carolina-Beaufort

1 University Boulevard, Bluffton, SC - 29909 (843) 208-8000
Campus: Bluffton, SC
Net Price: $13,321.00
Enrollment: 1,724
Transfer Out Rate: 32.60%
Loan Default Rate: $8.30
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $6.63%
Graduation Rate: 26.90%
Median Borrowing: 13,750.00%
Median Payment: 143.57%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.177183.54%

University of South Carolina-Upstate

800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC - 29303-4999 (864) 503-5000
Campus: Spartanburg, SC
Net Price: $13,412.00
Enrollment: 5,308
Transfer Out Rate: 35.80%
Loan Default Rate: $8.90
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $13.85%
Graduation Rate: 40.50%
Median Borrowing: 17,118.00%
Median Payment: 178.73%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.699173.98%

Newberry College

2100 College St, Newberry, SC - 29108 (803) 276-5010
Campus: Newberry, SC
Net Price: $19,091.00
Enrollment: 1,039
Loan Default Rate: $15.00
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $12.62%
Graduation Rate: 44.60%
Median Borrowing: 24,060.00%
Median Payment: 251.21%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

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Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in South Carolina

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A South Carolina State University N/A Orangeburg, SC ACEND, ASHA, CCNE, NASAD, NCATE
N/A Coastal Carolina University N/A Conway, SC ACEND, ASHA, CCNE, NASAD, NCATE, ACEN, NAST

South Carolina RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

The candidate will need to apply to the South Carolina board and register with Pearson VUE, the company that administers the NCLEX exam. The candidate may apply prior to graduation and must include a passport photo with the application. There is a $90 fee that the candidate will be responsible in order to apply by examination. There is also a $200 fee to take the NCLEX exam. Candidates may be issued a temporary permit while waiting for their NCLEX results. If the candidate does not pass on the first attempt, there will be a 45-day waiting before he/she can test again. The exam can be attempted for up to a year and will require remediation after that point. There is a $65 fee that is owed to the board for re-examination.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Nurses who have obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states will be able to obtain licensure in South Carolina by endorsement. South Carolina accepts both the NCLEX and the SBTPE. There are two cases in which an out of state nurse may be granted a temporary permit. One is when the initial screening proves that the candidate is eligible for licensure. In this scenario the permit is good for up to 60 days. The second scenario will grant the nurse a 90-day permit. In order to obtain a permit in this case, the nurse must complete a refresher course. The endorsement application itself costs $100 and there is an additional $10 fee for the temporary license.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Nurses who completed a nursing program in a foreign country must demonstrate English proficiency. Their credentials must also be evaluated through a professional service.

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South Carolina RN Job Outlook

60% of the registered nurses in the state of South Carolina work in hospitals and the demand for new registered nurses is growing every day. It has been reported that 36% of the registered nurses in South Carolina have pursued higher education outside of associates. The RN to BSN programs in South Carolina are designed with the intention of increasing the number of Bachelor’s prepared nurses state-wide. Some opportunities that will be available to a baccalaureate-prepared nurse include (but are not limited to):
  • Wound, ostomy, and continence
  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurse educators
  • Critical care
  • Health policies

South Carolina Registered Nursing Salaries

The Charleston metropolitan area has the highest employment rate of registered nurses along with the highest hourly mean wage and annual median wage.
Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual median wage
Anderson, SC 1,710 $26.88 $56,000
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 9,440 $31.98 $64,180
Columbia, SC 8,140 $27.11 $55,970
Florence, SC 3,000 $29.07 $62,710
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 5,160 $28.63 $58,020
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 1,660 $27.47 $55,760
Spartanburg, SC 2,690 $26.78 $53,430
Sumter, SC Estimate not released $26.56 $54,570
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 2,390 $30.33 $60,240
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 2,070 $27.56 $55,310
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 720 $27.09 $55,590
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 1,150 $21.87 $40,380
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data