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.

To see all the top ranked LPN programs in South Carolina click here.

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.

Application by Exam:
http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing/index.asp?file=Online/Instructions.htm

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 26 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 & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in South Carolina By Area

The table below lists career information organized by the BLS for licensed practical nurses in South Carolina. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Columbia2,060$19.49$40,530
Greenville, Anderson, Mauldin1,390$17.86$37,150
Charleston, North Charleston1,250$19.97$41,540
Florence670$18.73$38,960
Spartanburg590$19.38$40,300
Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach540$18.61$38,700
Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort340$18.74$38,970
Sumter170$19.37$40,280

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

Top Ranked South Carolina LPN Programs

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

RankedProgramScoreDetails
#6 Aiken Technical College
2276 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Graniteville, SC 29829
(803) 593-9231 Visit Homepage
95.97Request Information
#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
95.12Request Information
#9 Williamsburg Technical College
601 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Kingstree, SC 29556
(843) 355-4165 Visit Homepage
94.66Request Information
#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
93.25Request Information
#13 Horry Georgetown Technical College
2050 U.S. 501, Conway, SC 29526
(843) 347-3186 Visit Homepage
89.51Request Information
#14 Cherokee Technology Center
3206 Cherokee Ave, Gaffney, SC 29340
(864) 489-3191 Visit Homepage
88.85Request Information
#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
68.13Request Information

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