Become a Nurse in South Carolina - APRN, RN, LPN Licensure

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the South Carolina Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 3/26/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in South Carolina
Nursing Licenses in South Carolina Master's Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Yes
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

South Carolina Nursing Salaries

South Carolina Nursing Salaries
SC Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Charleston-North Charleston Annual Mean Wage Columbia Annual Mean Wage Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $40,890 $43,250 $43,240 $40,280
Registered Nurse $64,940 $75,780 $63,450 $61,180
Nurse Practitioner $99,910 $96,560 $97,360 $107,920
Nurse Anesthetist $164,480 $171,000 Not Available Not Available
Nurse Midwife $89,150 Not Available Not Available Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates South Carolina in March 2020.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in South Carolina. The one you take will mostly depend on the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The more 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 licenses on this page. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in healthcare, it’s sometimes difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in South Carolina, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

South Carolina is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in South Carolina

According to South Carolina’s Nursing Practice Act, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists may apply for prescriptive authority. These nurses must be able to prohibido 45 contact hours of education in pharmacotherapeutics within two years of application or evidence of 20 hours if recently enrolled in an approved nursing program. Nurse practitioners, CNM, and CNSs may prescribe schedule III through V controlled substances.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in South Carolina

APRNs in South Carolina are defined as Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Education: Master’s degree from accredited college or university

Examination: Varies according to prerequisite national certification

Certification Required: Varies according to specialty area, but must include licensure as a Registered Nurse

Fees:

  • $130 Application for Permanent License Only
  • $140 Application for Temporary License and Permanent License
  • $160 Application with Prescriptive Authority

Renewal: APRN licenses are renewed every even year, by April 30th.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in South Carolina

Education: Board-approved Registered Nurse pre-licensure education program

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $100 Licensure by Endorsement
  • $110 Licensure by Endorsement with Temporary License
  • $200 Examination

Endorsement: RNs applying for licensure endorsement must submit, with application, evidence of continued competence and verification from original state of initial licensure.

Renewal: RN renewal requires 30 contact hours of continuing education, national certification/recertification, completion of a nursing course or academic nursing program, or verification of competency.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in South Carolina

Education: Board-approved Licensed Practical Nurse pre-licensure education program

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $100 Licensure by Endorsement
  • $110 Licensure by Endorsement with Temporary License
  • $200 Examination

Endorsement: LPNs applying for licensure endorsement must submit, with application, evidence of continued competence and verification from original state of initial licensure.

Renewal: LPN renewal requires 30 contact hours of continuing education, national certification/recertification, completion of a nursing course or academic nursing program, or verification of competency.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information on the above nursing careers in South Carolina was retrieved from the South Carolina Board of Nursing as of March 2020.

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