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An associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) is the most common method for entering the nursing profession. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, over 45% of all nurses in the U.S. initially obtained an associate’s degree. The ADN programs in South Carolina are designed to prepare students with the skills and knowledge to become a registered nurse (RN).

Benefits of the ADN pathway
There are many advantages of an ADN program. One of the biggest draws is its short duration. An ADN program typically lasts two to three years, providing a rapid path to nursing employment with less student debt. The program includes courses in anatomy, healthcare, and psychology, as well as hands-on experience in clinical settings. In addition, some campuses offer evening classes, making ADN education accessible to working adults. The coursework of an ADN program prepares students to pass the NCLEX-RN national exam, which is required to gain licensure as a registered nurse.

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Employment prospects
Earning an ADN is a solid financial strategy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for RNs are expected to grow by 20% over the coming decade. RNs comprise nearly 60% of the approximately 70,000 nurses employed in South Carolina, and they earn a respectable median annual salary of $58,220.

Not only is an ADN appealing financially, but a career as an RN is extremely fulfilling. RNs enjoy significantly more autonomy and responsibility than more junior certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs). RNs make critical patient care decisions and frequently act as a key liaison between patients, physicians, CNAs, LPNs, and other healthcare personnel.

To assist aspiring nurses that are considering an associate’s degree program, we have compiled below a list of the best ADN programs in South Carolina.

Featured Schools

Charleston

Trident Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Trident Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.1% 2008 to 2012

Columbia

Midlands Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Fortis College - Columbia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Midlands Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.6% 2008 to 2012
Fortis College - Columbia
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Greenville

Greenville Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Tri-County Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Greenville Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.2% 2008 to 2012
Tri-County Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.9% 2008 to 2012

Myrtle Beach / Conway area

Horry-Georgetown Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2008 to 2012

Spartanburg

Spartanburg Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Spartanburg Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.2% 2008 to 2012

Other South Carolina cities

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
York Technical College / USC Lancaster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Technical College of the Lowcountry
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Central Carolina Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Northeastern Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Aiken Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Piedmont Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Florence-Darlington Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.4% 2008 to 2012
York Technical College / USC Lancaster
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.2% 2008 to 2012
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2008 to 2012
Central Carolina Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.2% 2008 to 2012
Northeastern Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.5% 2009 to 2012
Aiken Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2012
Piedmont Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.9% 2008 to 2012
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.2% 2008 to 2012
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