SOUTH CAROLINA NURSING LICENSE
Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the South Carolina State Board of Nursingbefore applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/21/2015
|Nursing Licenses in South Carolina||Master’s Required?|
|Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)||Y|
|Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)||Y|
|Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)||Y|
|Nurse Practitioner (NP)||Y|
|Registered Nurse (RN)||N|
|Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)||N|
South Carolina Nursing Salary Average
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in South Carolina can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about South Carolina nursing salary.
For nursing financial aid options take a look at our nursing scholarships and grants page.
There are many paths to become a nurse in South Carolina. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.
In addition to nursing salaries in South Carolina, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of South Carolina nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in South Carolina, please let us know!
Compact State Status
South Carolina is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.
Prescriptive Authority in South Carolina
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule III-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician. A $20 application fee is required as well as an additional $40 fee per renewal period.
South Carolina Nursing Licensure Renewal
License renewal is required through the South Carolina State Board of Nursing every two years. Both advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), registered nurses (R.N.’s), and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are required to complete 30 board-approved continuing education hours per renewal period in addition to any national certification requirements.
Advanced Practice Nursing- Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist in South Carolina
Master’s Degree from an Accredited Nursing Program
Varies for different concentrations
$130 Application, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Nurse Practitioner from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), National Certification Corporation (NCC), or Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist from the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), Certified Nurse Midwife from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB),
APRNs will need to show proof of national certification, continuing education units (CEUs) completed, and completion of competency form per employer with hours worked during the renewal period. A fee of $105 is required per renewal period.
An Active Registered Nurse Licensed from a Compact State Is Required for Application
Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
$90 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
A fee of $75 is required per renewal period.
Individuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $100 Application Fee. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in South Carolina, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to South Carolina.
Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program
$70 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
A fee of $75 is required per renewal period.
Individuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $100 Application Fee. Licensed Practical Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in South Carolina, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to South Carolina.