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.
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:
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.
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.
|Area||Total Employment||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary|
|Greenville, Anderson, Mauldin||1,390||$17.86||$37,150|
|Charleston, North Charleston||1,250||$19.97||$41,540|
|Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach||540||$18.61||$38,700|
|Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort||340||$18.74||$38,970|
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our South Carolina LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get all the program details by visiting the Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College website.
Continued List of All Programs in South Carolina
2276 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Graniteville, SC 29829
921 Ribaut Rd., Beaufort, SC 29902
2697 East Highway 76, Marion, SC 29571
601 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Kingstree, SC 29556
1201 Chesterfield Hwy, Cheraw, SC 29520
7410 Northside Dr, Charleston, SC 29420
7900 Highway 76, Pendleton, SC 29670
2050 U.S. 501, Conway, SC 29526
3206 Cherokee Ave, Gaffney, SC 29340
1001 Keys Drive #100, Greenville, SC 29615
1126 Soloman Blatt Blvd, Denmark, SC 29042
Additional SC Nursing Resources
- South Carolina State Board of Nursing
110 Centerview Drive, Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 896-4550
- South Carolina Nurses Association
1301 Gervais Street; Suite 802
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 252-4781
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