Nurse Practitioner Programs in South Carolina: Facts & Figures

According to a report in the Independent Mail of Anderson, South Carolina, the Department of Health and Human Services has a dire prediction for the state’s nursing workforce. The HHS has predicted that South Carolina will be short over 12,000 nurses by 2020 unless significant nurse recruitment efforts are pursued.

Nurse licensure applications are received by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation. The state offers licenses in the following nursing tracks:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), including Nurse Practitioners
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with Prescriptive Authority (APRN-Rx)

Nursing Licensure in South Carolina

The following is a brief outline of the steps nurses must follow to apply for a nursing license in South Carolina.The state has been a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact since 2006, which means that nurses who are licensed in other compact states need not re-apply in South Carolina.

  1. Complete the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN), administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
  2. Submit all required paperwork, including transcripts from nursing college or training program and any previous licenses you have held.
  3. Submit to a criminal background check.
  4. Renew your license every two years using the application instructions available on the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation’s web page.
  5. Fulfill continuing education requirements every two years, and submit proof of this along with your renewal application. South Carolina requires nurse license applicants to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education per renewal cycle to be eligible.

Average Nursing Salaries in South Carolina

All salary data is as of May 2011.

The mean annual salary for nurses in the state of South Carolina is $61,350, which is lower than the national mean for RNs. However, there are metropolitan areas in the state with average or even above-average salary offerings for RNs.

The table below compares the mean annual salaries for RNs in South Carolina against those in the metropolitan areas of the state, and against the U.S. as a whole. All data has been provided by The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Area Registered Nurses Average Salary
United States 2,724,570 $69,110
South Carolina 42,650 $61,350
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 5,710 $64,300
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 9,210 $67,970
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 18,190 $62,510
Columbia, SC 8,720 $60,220
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC 1,620 $55,780

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