Nursing Schools in South Carolina

There are 37 nursing schools in South Carolina. This year, we evaluated 29 schools, and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best-value schools. Our data-driven ranking system uses the NCLEX pass rates and average net price to calculate the ranks. According to our research, we determined that the NCLEX pass rate of a school has a strong correlation with the quality of education provided by the school. On the other hand, we can easily assess the affordability of the schools by comparing their net price. By combining these two metrics, we managed to create a ranking scale that tells us the return on investment of each school. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here

Each school has two separate rankings. One for the RN program and one for the LPN program. Use the Filter By options to see each list. The Sort By button allows you to sort the list by school name, cost, or rank.

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Spartanburg Community College
Spartanburg, SC
Spartanburg Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$2,307

Spartanburg Community College (SCC) is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. There are also campuses located in Duncan, Gaffney, Union, and in downtown Spartanburg. SCC was established in 1963 and it now serves more than 5800 students.SCC allows students to earn many different ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • CNA
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Florence-Darlington Technical College
Florence, SC
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$3,565
NCLEX-RN Pass rate76.1%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate92.8%

Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) is located in Florence, South Carolina and is a part of the South Carolina Technical College System. This two-year community college was established in 1963 and it currently serves more than 5600 students. Students will be able to pursue various ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Aiken Technical College
Graniteville, SC
Aiken Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$4,130
NCLEX-RN Pass rate93.7%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Aiken Technical College (ATC) is located in Graniteville, South Carolina. ATC was established in 1972 and it serves thousands of students each semester. The school has many credit and non-credit courses that allow students to pursue lucrative new career paths. Students can earn a variety of ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
  • Pre-Nursing Studies
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Trident Technical College
Charleston, SC
Trident Technical College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,437
NCLEX-RN Pass rate92.3%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate98.4%

Trident Technical College (TTC) is located in Charleston, South Carolina and is part of the South Carolina Technical College System. It was formed back in 1973 when the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Technical Education Center merged with Palmer College. The school enrolls around 12,000 ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Conway, SC
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,793
NCLEX-RN Pass rate87.5%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate91.7%

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is located in Conway, South Carolina and is part of the South Carolina Technical College System. The school was established back in 1966 and it now serves nearly 7000 students. This is the fourth largest technical college in the state of South Carolina. ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Central Carolina Technical College
Sumter, SC
Central Carolina Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,868

Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) is located in Sumter, South Carolina. CCTC was established in 1962 and has undergone some name changes over the decades. It serves more than 4400 students currently. CCTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It offers many ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN - closed in 2015
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Midlands Technical College
West Columbia, SC
Midlands Technical College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,093
NCLEX-RN Pass rate88.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate98.8%

Midland Technical College (MTC) is located in West Columbia, South Carolina and has multiple locations in Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties. It is among the largest technical colleges in South Carolina and serves around 16,000 students. This school is seen as an optimal choice for ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
  • Pre-Nursing Studies
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Greenville Technical College
Greenville, SC
Greenville Technical College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,678

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
Orangeburg, SC
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,323
NCLEX-RN Pass rate99.5%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate93.2%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Technical College of the Lowcountry
Beaufort, SC
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,246
NCLEX-RN Pass rate86.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Northeastern Technical College
Cheraw, SC
Northeastern Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,334
NCLEX-RN Pass rate91.5%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate86.7%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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York Technical College
Rock Hill, SC
York Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,222
NCLEX-RN Pass rate99.1%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Tri-County Technical College
Pendleton, SC
Tri-County Technical College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,548
NCLEX-RN Pass rate88.9%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate93.3%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Piedmont Technical College
Greenwood, SC
Piedmont Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$10,767
NCLEX-RN Pass rate93.5%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate95.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Francis Marion University
Florence, SC
Francis Marion University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,935

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Bob Jones University
Greenville, SC
Bob Jones University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$14,416

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Lander University
Greenwood, SC
Lander University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,570

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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University of South Carolina-Beaufort
Bluffton, SC
University of South Carolina-Beaufort
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$16,266

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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University of South Carolina-Upstate
Spartanburg, SC
University of South Carolina-Upstate
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,730

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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University of South Carolina-Aiken
Aiken, SC
University of South Carolina-Aiken
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,821

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN - closed in 2005
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Charleston Southern University
Charleston, SC
Charleston Southern University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$17,858

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
  • RN to MSN
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Clemson University
Clemson, SC
Clemson University
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$18,757

Established in 1889, Clemson University is a public institution in Clemson, South Carolina. It is the second-largest university in South Carolina, with close to 25,000 students enrolled in 2018. The university is structured into seven colleges, including the College of Social and Health ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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University of South Carolina-Columbia
Columbia, SC
University of South Carolina-Columbia
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$20,271

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN to DNP
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
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Anderson University
Anderson, SC
Anderson University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$21,816

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Newberry College
Newberry, SC
Newberry College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,427

Programs offered

  • BSN
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South University-Columbia
Columbia, SC
South University-Columbia
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,367

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Fortis College-Columbia
Columbia, SC
Fortis College-Columbia
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$21,142

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Williamsburg Technical College
Kingstree, SC
Williamsburg Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,979
NCLEX-PN Pass rate98.8%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Denmark Technical College
Denmark, SC
Denmark Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,654
NCLEX-PN Pass rate76.5%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC
Coastal Carolina University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$16,224

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Academy for Careers and Technology
Mullins, SC
Academy for Careers and Technology
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,216

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
Medical University of South Carolina
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

The Medical University of South Carolina is a public institution in Charleston, South Carolina. It was established in 1824 as the College of Medicine. 30 students enrolled during the first year. The university has grown and now enrolls several thousand students each year. However, it is still a ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN to DNP
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
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South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, SC
South Carolina State University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$21,112

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$17,017

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Horry - Georgetown Technical College - Grand Strand Campus
Myrtle Beach, SC
Horry - Georgetown Technical College - Grand Strand Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Applied Technology Education Campus
Camden, SC
Applied Technology Education Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Cherokee Technology Center
Gaffney, SC
Cherokee Technology Center

Programs offered

  • LPN

Closed Nursing Schools/Campuses

The following schools are closed permanently.

Brown Mackie College-Greenville (Closed in 2019)
ADN

South Carolina's NCLEX-RN pass rate Vs. National Average


South Carolina's NCLEX-PN pass rate Vs. National Average


South Carolina Nursing Salary and Emplyment Statistics


Median Salary
Job title Total Nurses Jobs/1000 Hourly Annual
Registered Nurses 43,200 21.499 $30 $61,540
Nurse Anesthetists 820 0.409 $80 $167,350
Nurse Midwives 40 0.022 $41 $84,910
Nurse Practitioners 2,000 0.994 $46 $95,130
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 9,590 4.774 $19 $40,410
Nursing Assistants 20,730 10.317 $11 $23,730
  • Jobs/1000 - the number of jobs (employment) in the given job title per 1,000 jobs (across all occupations ) in the state.
  • Data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 Survey