Becoming an LPN in South Carolina

South Carolina strives to offer the highest quality healthcare while focusing on educational development and continued personal growth of healthcare staff.  As a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), South Carolina doesn't require additional licensure for other NLC nurses practicing in the state. However, nurses working in states outside of the NLC area wanting a state license, can apply for endorsement. Licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs are on the rise and slated to increase by 12% by 2024 per the Bureau of Labor and Statistics study.

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    2017 Best LPN Programs in South Carolina

    South Carolina requires individuals interested in becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to attend one of roughly 15 approved nursing programs within the state. From Charleston to Greenville, LPN programs can be found in a variety of schools, vocation centers, and community colleges. We've done our research, compiled state-test scores, and ranked the top 5 LPN schools in South Carolina to help you determine which school you'd like to attend.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (


    Trident Technical College

    7000 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406 - (843) 574-6111 - Visit Homepage

    Trident Technical College (TTC), located in North Charleston, South Carolina, serves as a catalyst for development by empowering students through education and training. TTC is a public two-year community college, providing quality education that promotes economic development in the area.

    Overall Score: 100.00

    Midlands Technical College

    316 S Beltline Blvd, Columbia, SC 29205 - (803) 738-8324 - Visit Homepage

    Midlands Technical College (MTC) is located in Columbia, South Carolina, with additional campuses in Batesburg-Leesville, Winnsboro, Irmo, and Fort Jackson. MTC prepares students to move into satisfying careers by providing high-quality instruction and hands-on training to ensure success in the workplace.

    Overall Score: 99.06

    York Technical College

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

    York Technical College (YTC) is a public, two-year institution located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, with additional locations in Chester and Kershaw. YTC offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates, as well as non-credit programs that lead to personal and professional advancement and workforce development.

    Overall Score: 97.50 - Request Info on York Technical College

    Piedmont Technical College

    620 Emerald Road North, Greenwood, SC 29648 - (800) 868-5528 - Visit Homepage

    Piedmont Technical College (PTC) is a public comprehensive, two-year postsecondary institution located in Greenwood, South Carolina, with additional locations in Abbeville, McCormick, Edgefield, Saluda, Newberry, and Laurens. PTC offers university transfer programs, associate's degrees, diplomas and career certifications, college prep programs, student development, as well as workforce development programs.

    Overall Score: 96.48 - Request Info on Piedmont Technical College

    Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

    3250 St Matthews Rd, Orangeburg, SC 29118 - (803) 536-0311 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 96.43 - Request Info on Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

    Continued List of All Programs in South Carolina

    #6 Aiken Technical College
    2276 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Graniteville, SC 29829
    (803) 593-9231 Visit Homepage
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    #7 Technical College of the Lowcountry
    921 Ribaut Rd., Beaufort, SC 29902
    (843) 525-8211 Visit Homepage
    95.33Request Information
    #8 Academy for Careers and Technology
    2697 East Highway 76, Marion, SC 29571
    (843) 423-1941 Visit Homepage
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    #9 Williamsburg Technical College
    601 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Kingstree, SC 29556
    (843) 355-4165 Visit Homepage
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    #10 Northeastern Technical College
    1201 Chesterfield Hwy, Cheraw, SC 29520
    (843) 921-6900 Visit Homepage
    93.60Request Information
    #11 ECPI University - Charleston
    7410 Northside Dr, Charleston, SC 29420
    (866) 708-6166 Visit Homepage
    93.50Request Information
    #12 Tri-County Technical College
    7900 Highway 76, Pendleton, SC 29670
    (864) 646-1500 Visit Homepage
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    #13 Horry Georgetown Technical College
    2050 U.S. 501, Conway, SC 29526
    (843) 347-3186 Visit Homepage
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    #14 Cherokee Technology Center
    3206 Cherokee Ave, Gaffney, SC 29340
    (864) 489-3191 Visit Homepage
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    #15 ECPI University - Greenville
    1001 Keys Drive #100, Greenville, SC 29615
    (864) 288-2828 Visit Homepage
    82.26Request Information
    #16 Denmark Technical College
    1126 Soloman Blatt Blvd, Denmark, SC 29042
    (803) 793-5176 Visit Homepage
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  • South Carolina LPN Licensing Requirements

    South Carolina requires the intensive study via state-approve nursing course and examination. The applicant must pass the NCLEX-PN to be considered for licensure.

    To apply for licensure, the applicant must submit an application, criminal background check, and fingerprinting card to the board, as well as the following:

    • Recent headshot (passport-style) photo that is signed and dated.
    • Copy of birth certificate of valid passport.
    • Copy of social security card (or equivalent).
    • Official transcript with completion date of all coursework.

    Applications and Forms (

    The day-to-day demands on an LPN can be physically demanding, requiring lots of standing and walking, as well as heavy lifting. While these may not be a listed requirement on the job application, it will quickly become apparent on the job.

    As 1 of the 24 states in Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC -, South Carolina allows LPN's from other NLC states to work in its hospitals, clinics, etc., without additional licensing. For nurses outside of the NLC area to work within its borders, they must apply for South Carolina licensing by endorsement and provide the following:

    • Proof of current license and official transcripts from their state-approved nursing program.
    • Submitting a passport-style photo.
    • Submit copies of birth certificate and social security card.
    • Proof of residence.
    • Evidence of continued competence.
    • Criminal background check.

    South Carolina will issue licenses to foreign educated and licensed individuals as long as he or she submits approval from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS - after they have evaluated the official transcripts and completed a full course-by-course review. They must also prove their English proficiency by taking the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL - exam. If the applicant has yet to take the NCLEX-PN exam, it will need to be taken once the application for licensure is submitted.

    South Carolina LPN licenses expire April 30th every even year and require 30+ contact hours of continued education.

    Learn more about South Carolina LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    Additional SC Nursing Resources

    South Carolina State Board of Nursing

    110 Centerview Drive, Suite 202
    Columbia, SC 29210
    Phone: (803) 896-4550
    Fax: (803) 896-4525

    1. South Carolina Nurses Association (

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our South Carolina LPN to RN programs page.