Nursing Schools in South Carolina

The “Palmetto State” attracts many vacationers and retirees because of its mild winters, mountains, beaches, and its trademark Southern hospitality. Tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and healthcare are the major sectors in this state. The economic downturn has adversely affected employment here, but qualified nurses have enough positions to vie for in towns and the state’s largest cities such as Columbia and Charleston.
 
More than 38,000 nurses work in the state, half of which are graduates of nursing schools in South Carolina. They practice in a variety of settings, caring for a relatively diverse patient population with Whites, African-Americans and Hispanics being the largest groups. Foreign-born residents are expected to increase further in the coming years.

The state’s 30+ South Carolina nursing schools have traditionally not produced enough nurses to fill most of the nursing positions in the state. Some of the more established programs are Medical University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina and Clemson University. Programs offered are LPN, ADN and BSN programs. Three schools offer masters programs and two offer doctorate nursing degrees.

Just like in any other state, nursing schools in South Carolina have waiting lists due to the lack of qualified nursing instructors. But many applicants from out of state have come to South Carolina because of the shorter waiting times. Schools have been striving to create distance-learning and online educational programs for the convenience of new students and working nurses who wish to upgrade their degrees without having to leave their working positions.

Hospitals, schools and state health officials have created the South Carolina Nursing Collaborative program in order to share resources, offer scholarships, and double the capacities of nursing programs to produce more nurses. This development is a boon to nursing students and they must take advantage of the system in place to further their nursing education.
 
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, South Carolina will need 12,000 nurses by 2020. The current and future need will be felt most in medical-surgical, emergency and intensive care units. Advanced practice nurses (APNs) and geriatric care nurses will also be in high demand. Students can choose to specialize in these areas to have the best opportunities when they graduate.

Employment: 38,020
Hourly Mean Wage: $28.69
Annual Mean Wage: $59,680
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

State Nursing Board: South Carolina Board of Nursing
State Nurses Association: South Carolina Nurses Association
State Hospital Association: South Carolina Hospital Association

South Carolina Nursing Schools

School Name:Aiken Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville, South Carolina 29829
Contact:(803) 593-9231
Website:www.atc.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Applied Technology Education Campus
Address: Camden, SC
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Bob Jones University
Accrediting Agency:
Address:1700 Wade Hampton Boulavard, Greenville, South Carolina 29614-0001
Contact:(864) 242-5100
Website:www.bju.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Central Carolina Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:506 N Guignard Dr, Sumter, South Carolina 29150-2499
Contact:(803) 778-1961
Website:www.cctech.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Charleston Southern University
Accrediting Agency:
Address:9200 University Blvd, Charleston, South Carolina 29410-8087
Contact:(843) 863-7000
Website:www.csuniv.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Masters in Nursing, RN to BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Cherokee Technology Center
Address: Gaffney, SC
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Clemson University
Accrediting Agency:
Address:201 Sikes Hall, Clemson, South Carolina 29634
Contact:(864) 656-4636
Website:www.clemson.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Masters in Nursing, PhD in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:Denmark Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:1126 Solomon Blatt Blvd, Denmark, South Carolina 29042
Contact:(803) 793-5100
Website:www.denmarktech.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Florence-Darlington Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:2715 W. Lucas Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501
Contact:(843) 661-8324
Website:WWW.FDTC.EDU
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Forrest Junior College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:601 E River Street, Anderson, South Carolina 29624-2405
Contact:(864) 225-7653 x201
Website:www.forrestcollege.edu
Type of School:2-year, Private for-profit
Program Types:Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Francis Marion University
Accrediting Agency:
Address:4822 East Palmetto Street, Florence, South Carolina 29506
Contact:(843) 661-1362
Website:www.fmarion.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Greenville Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:620 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, South Carolina 29607-2418
Contact:(864) 250-8111
Website:www.gvltec.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:2050 Highway 501 East, Conway, South Carolina 29526
Contact:(843) 347-3186
Website:www.hgtc.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Lander University
Accrediting Agency:
Address:320 Stanley Avenue, Greenwood, South Carolina 29649-2099
Contact:(864) 388-8000
Website:www.lander.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Marion County Technical Education Center
Address: Marion, SC
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Medical University of South Carolina
Accrediting Agency:
Address:179 Ashley Ave, Charleston, South Carolina 29425
Contact:(843) 792-2300
Website:www.musc.edu/
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, PhD in Nursing, RN to BSN, Second Degree BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:Midlands Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, South Carolina 29170-2176
Contact:(803) 738-8324
Website:www.midlandstech.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Newberry College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:2100 College St, Newberry, South Carolina 29108
Contact:(803) 276-5010
Website:www.newberry.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Northeastern Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:1201 Chesterfield Hwy., Cheraw, South Carolina 29520-1007
Contact:(843) 921-6900
Website:www.netc.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:3250 Saint Matthews Rd, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29118-8299
Contact:(803) 536-0311
Website:www.octech.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Piedmont Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:620 North Emerald Road, Greenwood, South Carolina 29646
Contact:(864) 941-8324
Website:www.ptc.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:South Carolina State University
Accrediting Agency:
Address:300 College St NE, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29117-0001
Contact:(803) 536-7000
Website:www.scsu.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:South University
Accrediting Agency:
Address:9 Science Court, Columbia, South Carolina 29203
Contact:(803) 799-9082
Website:www.southuniversity.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private for-profit
Program Types:Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Spartanburg Community College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:800 Brisack Road, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
Contact:(864) 592-4600
Website:www.sccsc.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Technical College of the Lowcountry
Accrediting Agency:
Address:921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, South Carolina 29901-1288
Contact:(800) 768-8252
Website:www.tcl.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Tri-County Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:7900 U.S. Hwy 76, Pendleton, South Carolina 29670
Contact:(864) 646-1500
Website:www.tctc.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:Trident Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:7000 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067
Contact:(843) 574-6111
Website:www.tridenttech.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:University of South Carolina-Aiken
Accrediting Agency:
Address:471 University Pkwy, Aiken, South Carolina 29801
Contact:(803) 648-6851
Website:www.usca.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name:University of South Carolina-Beaufort
Accrediting Agency:
Address:1 University Boulevard, Bluffton, South Carolina 29909
Contact:(843) 208-8000
Website:www.uscb.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:University of South Carolina-Columbia
Accrediting Agency:
Address:Columbia, South Carolina 29208
Contact:(803) 777-7000
Website:www.sc.edu/
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, PhD in Nursing, RN to BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name:University of South Carolina-Lancaster
Accrediting Agency:
Address:476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster, South Carolina 29720
Contact:(803) 313-7000
Website:usclancaster.sc.edu/
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types:Associate’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:University of South Carolina-Upstate
Accrediting Agency:
Address:800 University Way, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303-4999
Contact:(864) 503-5000
Website:www.uscupstate.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Virginia College
Address: Greenville, SC
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:Williamsburg Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:601 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Kingstree, South Carolina 29556-4197
Contact:(843) 355-4110
Website:www.wiltech.edu
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name:York Technical College
Accrediting Agency:
Address:452 S Anderson Rd, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
Contact:(803) 327-8000
Website:www.yorktech.com
Type of School:2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
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