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A licensed practical nurse (LPN) provides basic patient care and can perform all of the duties within the scope of a certified nursing assistant. However, an LPN also fills a number of more advanced healthcare roles. For example, LPNs often insert and remove catheters, dress wounds, insert feeding tubes, administer medicine, give injections, and start intravenous drips. The exact responsibilities of an LPN vary somewhat by state and training.

Certification
Most LPN certificate programs require just 12-18 months to complete. They are offered at well over a dozen career schools and technical colleges across South Carolina. Following the requisite coursework and clinical experience, candidates must pass the NCLEX-PN national examination in order to gain licensure and practice within the state.

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Employment
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Carolina’s 9,340 LPNs comprise approximately 13% of the state’s total nursing workforce. The median annual salary of an LPN in South Carolina is $33,170. The state’s largest healthcare providers, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and Tenet Health, are frequently looking to hire newly minted LPNs.

If you want a quick path to a nursing career with significant patient responsibilities, licensed practical nursing is an excellent option. Below we’ve compiled a complete list of South Carolina’s accredited LPN programs, organized by major city.

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Charleston

ECPI University - Charleston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Trident Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
ECPI University - Charleston
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2012 to 2012
Trident Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012

Columbia

Midlands Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Midlands Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.8% 2008 to 2012

Greenville

Tri-County Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
ECPI University - Greenville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Tri-County Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.8% 2008 to 2012
ECPI University - Greenville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.1% 2008 to 2012

Myrtle Beach / Conway area

Horry-Georgetown Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.3% 2008 to 2012

Other South Carolina cities

York Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Piedmont Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Academy for Careers and Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Northeastern Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Central Carolina Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Williamsburg Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Aiken Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Cherokee Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Technical College of the Lowcountry
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Florence-Darlington Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Denmark Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
York Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.1% 2008 to 2012
Piedmont Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.6% 2008 to 2012
Academy for Careers and Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.4% 2008 to 2012
Northeastern Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.9% 2008 to 2012
Central Carolina Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.5% 2008 to 2012
Williamsburg Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.2% 2008 to 2012
Aiken Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.2% 2009 to 2012
Cherokee Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2012
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.8% 2008 to 2012
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.3% 2008 to 2012
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.0% 2008 to 2012
Denmark Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.3% 2008 to 2012