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Vocational, career, and community colleges are popular postsecondary education alternatives to four-year colleges and universities. A vocational or career school is specifically designed to prepare students to enter the workforce. Coursework is streamlined to teach the hands-on skills and practical knowledge required to perform a particular job. Many community colleges also have occupational programs and offer certifications in technical fields, although these programs are a bit broader in scope. Community college students typically earn an associate’s degree after two years of study, and many transfer into four-year colleges afterwards.

Some of the largest community and vocational colleges in South Carolina with nursing programs include Greenville Technical College, Midlands Technical College, and Trident Technical College. Each of these schools enrolls over 12,000 students.

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Although a bachelor’s degree from a four-year university may offer greater job opportunities and mobility down the line, the perks of attending a vocational, career, or community college are undeniable. They offer a rapid path to nursing employment, with 12- to 18-month LPN programs and two- to three-year RN programs. These vocational programs are well-respected by South Carolina’s major nursing employers, including East Cooper Regional Medical Center, Piedmont Medical Center, and Coastal Carolina Hospital. The specialized coursework, ability to earn an income sooner, and reduced tuition expenses make vocational and community colleges attractive educational routes for South Carolina’s aspiring nurses.

We’ve compiled below a comprehensive list of vocational, career, and community colleges for nursing in South Carolina, organized by the state’s major metropolitan areas.

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Charleston

Trident Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Trident Technical College Charleston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Columbia

Fortis College - Columbia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Midlands Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Fortis College - Columbia Columbia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Midlands Technical College West Columbia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Greenville

Forrest College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Greenville Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tri-County Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Forrest College Anderson
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Greenville Technical College Greenville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tri-County Technical College Pendleton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Myrtle Beach / Conway area

Horry-Georgetown Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Horry-Georgetown Technical College Myrtle Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Spartanburg

Spartanburg Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other South Carolina cities

Academy for Careers and Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Aiken Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Carolina Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cherokee Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Denmark Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Florence-Darlington Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northeastern Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Piedmont Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Technical College of the Lowcountry
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Williamsburg Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
York Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
York Technical College / USC Lancaster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Academy for Careers and Technology Mullins
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Aiken Technical College Graniteville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Carolina Technical College Sumter
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cherokee Technology Center Gaffney
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Denmark Technical College Denmark
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Florence-Darlington Technical College Florence
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northeastern Technical College Cheraw
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Piedmont Technical College Greenwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Williamsburg Technical College Kingstree
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
York Technical College Rock Hill
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
York Technical College / USC Lancaster Rock Hill
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing