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.

  • LPN Programs in South Carolina

    Academy for Careers and Technology
    2697 East Highway 76, Marion, SC 29571
    (843) 423-1941 Visit Homepage
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    Aiken Technical College
    2276 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Graniteville, SC 29829
    (803) 593-9231 Visit Homepage
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    Cherokee Technology Center
    3206 Cherokee Ave, Gaffney, SC 29340
    (864) 489-3191 Visit Homepage
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    Denmark Technical College
    1126 Soloman Blatt Blvd, Denmark, SC 29042
    (803) 793-5176 Visit Homepage
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    ECPI University - Charleston
    7410 Northside Dr, Charleston, SC 29420
    (866) 708-6166 Visit Homepage
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    ECPI University - Greenville
    1001 Keys Drive #100, Greenville, SC 29615
    (864) 288-2828 Visit Homepage
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    Horry Georgetown Technical College
    2050 U.S. 501, Conway, SC 29526
    (843) 347-3186 Visit Homepage
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    Midlands Technical College
    316 S Beltline Blvd, Columbia, SC 29205
    (803) 738-8324 Visit Homepage
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    Northeastern Technical College
    1201 Chesterfield Hwy, Cheraw, SC 29520
    (843) 921-6900 Visit Homepage
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    Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
    3250 St Matthews Rd, Orangeburg, SC 29118
    (803) 536-0311 Visit Homepage
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    Piedmont Technical College
    620 Emerald Road North, Greenwood, SC 29648
    (800) 868-5528 Visit Homepage
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    Technical College of the Lowcountry
    921 Ribaut Rd., Beaufort, SC 29902
    (843) 525-8211 Visit Homepage
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    Tri-County Technical College
    7900 Highway 76, Pendleton, SC 29670
    (864) 646-1500 Visit Homepage
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    Trident Technical College
    7000 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406
    (843) 574-6111 Visit Homepage
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    Williamsburg Technical College
    601 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Kingstree, SC 29556
    (843) 355-4165 Visit Homepage
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    York Technical College
    452 S Anderson Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730
    (803) 327-8000 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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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.