An associate’s degree in nursing or diploma will provide you with the educational requirements need for a nursing license and a rewarding career in healthcare. When ready, obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing degree will set you apart from your colleagues and open up more job opportunities. Baccalaureate prepared nurses will find that they have more career mobility and more access to specialty areas of certification and licensure. South Carolina is in the midst of a shortage of nurse educators. Nurses who have obtained a BSN degree will be qualified to teach entry-level nursing courses as well as clinical rotations at select colleges and teaching hospitals.

In our South Carolina RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key South Carolina RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of South Carolina, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

South Carolina RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN ProgramsADNBSN
Number of Nursing Programs1615
Average NCLEX Passing Rate89.57%88.96%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range74.10% to 97.08%74.54% to 94.69%
Average Net Price$7,718.06$16,068.50
Average Net Price Range$4,798.00 to $15,003.00$11,300.00 to $24,087.00
Average Student Loan$7,914.47$18,326.36
Average Student Loan Range$3,500.00 to $20,966.00$9,500.00 to $25,940.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in South Carolina

Best Ranked RN Programs in South CarolinaTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both South Carolina and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 15 ADN degree programs and 13 BSN degree programs in South Carolina. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in South Carolina to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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98.17 ADNYork Technical College124 Rock Hill

York Technical College is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  They  offer a DAS (diploma) for practical nursing, a AAS degree – Gen Tech Nursing – Practical, an AAS – Nursing (ADN) and an AAS – Gen Tech to Nursing (ADN).  Their program is a collaboration with University of South Carolina Lancaster, and students (even LPN students earning AAS degree) ready themselves for advanced degrees at University of South Carolina Lancaster.

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96.66 ADNOrangeburg-Calhoun Technical College255 Orangeburg

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina.  OCtech offers a practical nursing program, an ADN program and an ADN FLEX program; the FLEX program is the LPN to ADN program operates from January to December, with classes being offered on-campus and online.  Clinicals are offered on weekends.

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96.40 ADNGreenville Technical College361 Greenville

Greenville Technical College is located in Greenville, South Carolina.  They are one of the largest ADN programs in South Carolina and have been in operation since 1971.  Their program is an ADN program and they also have a BSN transfer option with USC Upstate.

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96.30 ADNCentral Carolina Technical College463 Sumter

Central Carolina Technical College is located in Sumter, South Carolina.  They offer an ADN program and an LPN to ADN program.  The LPN to ADN program allows for advanced placement into the ADN program.

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95.13 ADNAiken Technical College597 Graniteville

Aiken Technical College is located in Graniteville, South Carolina.  They offer a practical nursing program, an ADN program and an LPN to ADN transition option.  LPNs take a transition semester, then join the RN students for the final two semesters.

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92.91 ADNTrident Technical College6179 Charleston

Trident Technical College is located in Charleston, South Carolina.  They offer several degree options for students looking to break into nursing; they offer a practical nursing and an ADN program.  In addition, they offer an LPN-ADN program, which begins each summer.  They also offer an accelerated ADN program, which is designed for students holding a prior bachelor’s degree; it is completed in 15 months.

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88.02 ADNSpartanburg Community College7364 Spartanburg

Spartanburg Community College is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  They offer an ADN program.  They no longer have an LPN to RN transition program; however, students are admitted to their program on a :”points system” and LPNs can earn more points based on their nursing experience.

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88.02 ADNMidlands Technical College7364 West Columbia

Midlands Technical College is located in West Columbia, South Carolina.  They offer an ADN degree program and an LPN to ADN advanced placement option, where the LPN can have advanced placement into the nursing program.  MTC has been in existence since 1974, when three schools came together to form MTC.

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87.08 ADNPiedmont Technical College8404 Greenwood

Piedmont Technical College is located in Greenwood, South Carolina.  They offer ADN degrees and an LPN to RN degree.  They offer two ADN degrees – one generic ADN degree and one designed for transfer to four-year degree programs.  They also offer a nursing care certificate, which is an aide program designed for students who seek to become aide’s in preparation for the ADN program.

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86.86 ADNTri-County Technical College9415 PendletonPublicCampusACENSee School Details
86.16 ADNHorry-Georgetown Technical College10441 ConwayPublicCampusACENSee School Details
83.32 ADNTechnical College of the Lowcountry11530 Beaufort

Technical College of the Lowcountry is located in Beaufort, South Carolina.  They offer a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  Students enrolled in the ADN program are eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Exam after completion of NUR102 “Basic Nursing Skills”.

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82.16 ADNFlorence-Darlington Technical College12555 FlorencePublicCampusACENSee School Details
79.32 ADNNortheastern Technical College13601 CherawPublicCampusSee School Details
77.94 ADNFortis College-Columbia14629 ColumbiaPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
98.02 BSNUniversity of South Carolina118 Columbia

University of South Carolina is located in Columbia, South Carolina.  USC has been rated #1 in the nation by US News and World Report for their online education Master’s programs.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program, in addition to a wide variety of post-graduate options.

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96.71 BSNLander University246 Greenwood

Lander University is located in Greenwood, South Carolina.  The William Preston Turner School of Nursing offers a pre-licensure BSN program, an online RN to BSN program and an MSN for Clinical Nurse Leader program.

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94.24 BSNAnderson University3123 Anderson

Anderson University is located in Anderson, Texas.  Anderson University is a Christian university.  They offer a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program and an RN to BSN program. The RN to BSN program is offered online and can be completed at the student’s pace.  The students with at least 59 college credits, or a previous bachelor’s degree, are eligible for the ABSN degree.

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94.08 BSNClemson University4130 Clemson

Clemson University is located in Clemson, South Carolina.  Clemson’s School of Nursing is among only 35 nursing programs nationwide to be recognized since 2004 as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. They offer a BSN program, an accelerated BSN, which is a 16-month curriculum for second-degree learners, and an online RN to BSN program.

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92.32 BSNThe Medical University of South Carolina5196 Charleston

The Medical University of South Carolina is located in Charleston, South Carolina.  MUSC is unique because it offers only the classes needed for the degrees – students must earn their prerequisites elsewhere.  They offer an accelerated BSN and an RN to BSN program.  The accelerated BSN is available to all students – all students require a minimum of 60 prerequisite credits for entrance.

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91.01 BSNUniversity of South Carolina-Aiken6242 AikenPublicCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
90.06 BSNUniversity of South Carolina-Beaufort7268 BlufftonPublicCampusCCNESee School Details
86.63 BSNBob Jones University8361 Greenville

Bob Jones University is located in Greenville, South Carolina.  BJU is a Christian college and they offer a biblical approach to nursing education.  Their education is largely focused on clinicals – they have a 3-year Clinical Program.  Students also have the opportunity to serve on mission trips, such as in Peru or Africa.  They offer a BSN program.

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84.16 BSNFrancis Marion University9409 Florence

Francis Marion University is located in Florence, South Carolina.  They offer a traditional BSN program.  They also offer several RN to BSN options – they offer an online program, a hybrid program a their Mount Pleasant campus, and also an RN to BSN Veterans program.  The veterans program is for honorably or generally discharged veterans to complete their nursing education; not only does this program give credit for nursing experience, but also military experience.

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84.07 BSNUniversity of South Carolina-Upstate10410 SpartanburgPublicCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
77.31 BSNSouth University-Columbia11492 ColumbiaPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
75.02 BSNNewberry College12503 NewberryPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusCCNESee School Details