Nursing Schools in South Carolina

There are 37 nursing schools in South Carolina. This year, we evaluated 29 schools NCLEX pass rates and net prices, and our ranking system identified the following schools as the best value schools.

The calculation we used here takes into account a school's NCLEX pass rate and the net price of attendance for a student who received the average amount of financial aid. The higher the NCLEX pass rate of the program, and the lower the cost, the better the return on investment.

Learn more about our nursing schools ranking methodology 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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Nursing Schools Best-Value Rankings


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Spartanburg Community College
Spartanburg, SC
Spartanburg Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$2,307
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 80.7%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 100.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$3,565
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 76.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 92.8%
RN Program Best-Value Score 96.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score 100.0

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$4,130
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 93.7%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score 96.7

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
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$5,437
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 92.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 98.4%
RN Program Best-Value Score 92.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score 88.7

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
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$5,793
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 87.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 91.7%
RN Program Best-Value Score 91.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score 85.6

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$5,868
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 93.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 91.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,093
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 88.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 98.8%
RN Program Best-Value Score 90.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score 84.8

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
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,678
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 95.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 90.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
Orangeburg, SC
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,323
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 99.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 93.2%
RN Program Best-Value Score 88.9
LPN Program Best-Value Score 76.0

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Technical College of the Lowcountry
Beaufort, SC
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,246
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 86.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 85.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 72.1

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Northeastern Technical College
Cheraw, SC
Northeastern Technical College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,334
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 91.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 86.7%
RN Program Best-Value Score 85.5
LPN Program Best-Value Score 67.3

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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York Technical College
Rock Hill, SC
York Technical College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$9,222
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 99.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 84.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score 66.4

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Tri-County Technical College
Pendleton, SC
Tri-County Technical College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$9,548
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 88.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 93.3%
RN Program Best-Value Score 82.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score 61.8

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Piedmont Technical College
Greenwood, SC
Piedmont Technical College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$10,767
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 93.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 95.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 80.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score 54.9

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Francis Marion University
Florence, SC
Francis Marion University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$11,935
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 83.8%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 74.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Bob Jones University
Greenville, SC
Bob Jones University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$14,416
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 87.5%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 69.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Lander University
Greenwood, SC
Lander University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$14,570
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 88.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 69.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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University of South Carolina-Beaufort
Bluffton, SC
University of South Carolina-Beaufort
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$16,266
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 93.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 67.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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University of South Carolina-Upstate
Spartanburg, SC
University of South Carolina-Upstate
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$14,730
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 81.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 66.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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University of South Carolina-Aiken
Aiken, SC
University of South Carolina-Aiken
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$14,821
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 77.8%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 64.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN - closed in 2005
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Charleston Southern University
Charleston, SC
Charleston Southern University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$17,858
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 93.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 63.5
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
  • RN to MSN
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Clemson University
Clemson, SC
Clemson University
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$18,757
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 92.7%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 61.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$20,271
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 94.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 58.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$21,816
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 86.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 50.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Newberry College
Newberry, SC
Newberry College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$19,427
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 72.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 48.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
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South University-Columbia
Columbia, SC
South University-Columbia
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$20,367
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 74.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 46.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Fortis College-Columbia
Columbia, SC
Fortis College-Columbia
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Private
Net price$21,142
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 70.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 41.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Williamsburg Technical College
Kingstree, SC
Williamsburg Technical College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,979
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 98.8%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 73.4

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Denmark Technical College
Denmark, SC
Denmark Technical College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,654
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 76.5%
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score 68.2

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC
Coastal Carolina University
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$16,224
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Academy for Careers and Technology
Mullins, SC
Academy for Careers and Technology
Student PopulationSmall
College Type Less than two year Public
Net price$8,216
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
Medical University of South Carolina
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price--
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$21,112
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$17,017
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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