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 Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 16 15
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 89.57% 88.96%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 74.10% 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 ADN York Technical College 1 24 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 ADN Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College 2 55 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 ADN Greenville Technical College 3 61 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 ADN Central Carolina Technical College 4 63 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 ADN Aiken Technical College 5 97 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 ADN Trident Technical College 6 179 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 ADN Spartanburg Community College 7 364 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 ADN Midlands Technical College 7 364 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 ADN Piedmont Technical College 8 404 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 ADN Tri-County Technical College 9 415 Pendleton Public Campus ACEN See School Details
86.16 ADN Horry-Georgetown Technical College 10 441 Conway Public Campus ACEN See School Details
83.32 ADN Technical College of the Lowcountry 11 530 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 ADN Florence-Darlington Technical College 12 555 Florence Public Campus ACEN See School Details
79.32 ADN Northeastern Technical College 13 601 Cheraw Public Campus See School Details
77.94 ADN Fortis College-Columbia 14 629 Columbia Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
98.02 BSN University of South Carolina 1 18 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 BSN Lander University 2 46 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 BSN Anderson University 3 123 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 BSN Clemson University 4 130 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 BSN The Medical University of South Carolina 5 196 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 BSN University of South Carolina-Aiken 6 242 Aiken Public Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
90.06 BSN University of South Carolina-Beaufort 7 268 Bluffton Public Campus CCNE See School Details
86.63 BSN Bob Jones University 8 361 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 BSN Francis Marion University 9 409 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 BSN University of South Carolina-Upstate 10 410 Spartanburg Public Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
77.31 BSN South University-Columbia 11 492 Columbia Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
75.02 BSN Newberry College 12 503 Newberry Private Not-For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details