CNA Classes in South Carolina (SC)

You can be certified as a nurse aide in South Carolina if you meet the eligibility criteria, take an approved training course and pass a competency test. The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) oversees the certification process. Pearson VUE manages the exam, which meets National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) standards.

Eligibility

To sign up for a CNA course, you have to:

  • Be at least 18.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Pass a state and federal criminal background check, which includes fingerprinting.
  • Pass a health check, including a drug and TB test.
  • Be current on your vaccines.

CNA Training

Check out the Pearson VUE website for a list of state-approved CNA programs. Expect to complete at least 80 classroom hours and 100 clinical hours.

You might be exempt from training if:

  • You’re an RN or LPN.
  • You had nurse training in the military.
  • You completed CNA training in another state.

Fees

If you work in a nursing facility, your employer will pay for your training and testing costs. Otherwise, budget between $1,000-$1,300 for a CNA training program in South Carolina.

Exam fees are:

  • Written and skills testing: $101
  • Oral (Spanish) and skills testing: $101
  • Oral (English) and skills testing: $101
  • Oral Spanish retesting: $30
  • Oral English retesting: $30
  • Written retesting: $30
  • Skills retesting: $71

License Renewal

Your CNA license expires after 24 months. If you didn’t work as a paid CNA in that time, you’ll need to take a 40-hour refresher course to renew your certificate.

Key Facts

  • You can get a sample CNA exam from the Pearson VUE website to help you study.
  • You’re exempt from testing fees if you work at an accredited nursing facility.
  • You have 3 tries to pass the CNA exam. If you fail on the last try, you have to submit an application to retest.
  • If you don’t pass the test within 2 years of training, you have to take a 40-hour refresher course before you can take the exam again.
  • While you’re enrolled in training, you can work as a CNA for up to 120 hours. You’ll have to stop working if you don’t get your license within that time frame.

Traditional Classes Training Centers

School City Phone
York Technical College, Rock Hill Rock Hill (803) 327-8000 Request Information
Denmark Technical College Denmark (803) 793-5224 Request Information
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg (803) 535-1381 Request Information
Trident Technical College Charleston (843) 574-6687 Request Information
Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg (864) 591-3904 Request Information
Central Carolina Technical College, Sumter Sumter (803) 778-1961 Request Information
Forrest Junior College Anderson (864) 225-7653 Request Information
Florence-Darlington Technical College Florence (843) 661-8120 Request Information
Williamsburg Technical College Kingstree (843) 355-4138 Request Information
Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort (843) 525-8368 Request Information
Midlands Technical College Columbia (803) 732-5231 Request Information
Greenville Technical College Greenville (864) 250-8405 Request Information
Tri-County Technical College, Pendleton Pendleton (864) 646-1725 Request Information
Abbeville Career Center (HST) Abbeville (864) 366-9069
Aiken Technical College, Continuing Education Aiken (803) 593-9231
Aman Institute, Inc. Aiken (803) 226-0122
NHC – Anderson Anderson (864) 226-8356
Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home Anderson (864) 261-6734
Lexington County School District Three /Life Long Learning Center (formerly Batesburg-Leesville Adult Ed.) Batesburg-Leesville (803) 532-2141
Technical College of the Low Country-Hampton Beaufort (843) 525-8368
Technical College of the Low Country-New River Campus Beaufort (843) 525-8368
Marlboro County High School -HST Extension Bennettsville (843) 479-5900
Barnwell County Career Center, Health Occupations Blackville (803) 259-5512
Blythewood High School Blythewood (803) 691-4090
Carolina Nurse Aide School Bowman (803) 829-2608
Southwinds of S.C., Inc. Camden (803) 741-9090
Trident Technical College – Continuing Education at Palmer Campus Charleston (843) 574-6024
Trident Technical College – Nursing Division Charleston (843) 574-6138
Cheraw High School Cheraw (843) 921-1000
Chesterfield High School Chesterfield (843) 623-2161
Northeastern Technical College (formerly Chesterfield-Marlboro Technical College) Continuing Education Chesterfield (843) 921-6900
Clinton High School Clinton (864) 833-0817
NHC – Clinton Clinton (864) 833-2550
Clover High School (HST) Clover (803) 222-8023
C.M. Tucker, Jr. Nurse Aide Training Program Columbia (803) 935-5715
Carolina Career Institute (formerly Columbia School of Nursing Assistants) Columbia (803) 786-1120
Carolina Nursing AssistantProgram Academy (C.N.A.P.A.) Columbia (803) 588-9158
Columbia Health Care Columbia (803) 782-2000
Columbia High School – HST Columbia (803) 731-8965
Heyward Career & Technology Center Columbia (803) 735-3343
MedTech Columbia Columbia (803) 731-2824
MedTech Spartanburg Columbia (803) 731-2824
MedTech, Inc. Spartanburg Location II Columbia (803) 731-2824
Midlands Technical College in Fairfield County Columbia (803) 732-5231
Ridge View High School Columbia (803) 699-2999
S.C. Academy of N.A.T.P. & Certification Columbia (803) 622-6155
Midlands Technical College, Cont. Ed. at Richland One Columibia (803) 732-5231
Academy for Technology & Academics (name changed as of 2006) formerly Conway (843) 488-6600
Conway Manor (formerly Conway Nursing Center) Conway (843) 248-5728
Horry-Georgetown Technical College at Conway Conway (843) 347-3186
Professional Medical Training Center, LLC- Conway Site Conway (843) 678-9135
The Career Center (Aynor- Conway Career & Finklea Career Centers merged on 2/1/2005) Conway (843) 488-6600
Medford Nursing Center Darlington (843) 398-7000
The Darlington County Institute of Technology (Darlington High School and Lamar High School merged as of 10/1/2006) Darlington (843) 398-4796
Denmark Technical College- Nursing Division Denmark (803) 793-5236
Denmark Technical College-Cont. Ed.-Barnwell Site Denmark (803) 993-9031
Dillon County Technology Center (H/O) Dillon (843) 774-5143
Dorchester County Career School Dorchester Site Dorchester (843) 563-2361
Spartanburg Community College- Tyger River Campus Duncan (864) 591-3904
Trinity Mission Health & Rehab of Edgefield, L.P. Edgefield (803) 637-5312
Allendale-Fairfax High School Fairfax (803) 584-2311
Absolute Medical Training Florence (843) 667-5100
Florence Career Center Florence (843) 664-8465
Mejias Medical Training Center Florence (843) 665-2954
New Generations Job Training Center Florence (843) 629-0103
Professional Medical Training Center Florence (843) 678-9135
Georgetown High School (H/O) Georgetown (843) 546-5317
Horry-Georgetown Technical College at Georgetown Georgetown (843) 546-8406
The Occupational Outlook Center Georgetown (843) 240-6715
Gilbert High School – HST Gilbert (803) 892-1100
Goose Creek High School Goose Creek (843) 553-5300
Donaldson Career Center Greenville (864) 355-4650
Enoree Career & Technology Center Greenville (864) 294-4343
Golden Strip Career Center Greenville (864) 355-1065
Greenville Technical College- Nursing Division (PCT) Greenville (864) 250-8547
Greenville Technical College, Continuing Education Greenville (864) 250-8405
Health Tech NATP Greenville (864) 757-9922
Ignite Healthcare Institute (formerly Advance Nursing Health Education Center) Greenville (864) 458-3590
Care A Lot Greenwood (864) 223-9269
G.Frank Russell Career & Technology Center Greenwood (864) 941-5750
Piedmont Tech Cont. Ed. At Saluda Campus Greenwood (864) 941-8301
Piedmont Technical College Laurens Site Greenwood (864) 941-8426
Piedmont Technical College, Continuing Education Greenwood (864) 941-8324
Piedmont Technical College, Newberry Site Greenwood (864) 941-8426
Piedmont Technical College, PCT Greenwood (864) 941-8571
NHC Healthcare -Greenville Greer (864) 458-7566
Hanahan High School Hanahan (843) 820-3710
NOC Training Center Hartsville (843) 383-8921
Health Services 2000, Inc. (Companions, Nurses, & Nannies) Hilton Head (843) 681-5011
Lower Richland High School Hopkins (803) 695-3049
Caring Hands Inman (864) 285-7389
Swofford Career Center Inman (864) 592-2790
Agape Health Services (NATP) Irmo (803) 749-0213
Strom Thurmond Career Center Johnston (803) 275-1767
Kingstree Senior High School Kingstree (843) 355-6525
Florence-Darlington Technical College – Lake City Site Lake City (843) 394-7233
Pee Dee Medical Training Center Lake City (843) 374-0070
Lancaster HS Career Center Lancaster (803) 285-7404
Cope Area Career Center -HST Landing Road Cope (803) 534-7661
Laurens District 55- HST Laurens (864) 682-3151
NHC – Laurens Laurens (864) 984-6584
Home Helpers Training Center- Lexington Lexington (803) 520-6802
Lexington Technology Center-HST Lexington (803) 358-2900
Horry-Georgetown Technical College at Loris Loris (843) 477-2010
Alpha Training Academy Lyman (864) 316-9889
F.E. Dubose Career Center Manning (803) 473-2531
Professional Nursing Services Marion (843) 275-0110
McBee High School Mcbee (843) 335-6766
McCormick High School Mccormick (864) 852-2302
R.D. Anderson Applied Technology Center (HST) Moore (864) 576-5020
Sandpiper Rehab & Nursing Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-3210
NHC Garden City Murrell Inlet (843) 650-2213
HGTC-Andrews HS Myrtle Beach (843) 477-2044
Horry-Georgetown Technical College at Genesis Complex Myrtle Beach (843) 477-2010
Horry-Georgetown Technical College-Myrtle Beach Campus Myrtle Beach (843) 477-2044
Newberry County Career Center Newberry (803) 321-2674
Fairfield Career &Technology Center North (803) 635-5506
P.A.T.C.H. (People Advocating To Change Humanity) North Charleston (843) 744-1249
Orangeburg District 5 (Five) Technology Center Orangeburg (803) 536-4473
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College-Cont. Ed. at The Oaks Orangeburg (803) 535-1381
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College-Cont. Ed. St. Matthews Orangeburg (803) 535-1380
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College-Cont.Ed. Lake Marion Orangeburg (803) 535-1237
Central High School Pageland (843) 672-6115
Pelion High School Health Science Technology Pelion (803) 894-2100
Tri-County Technical College – Easley Pendleton (864) 646-1725
Tri-County Technical College – Health Care Consortium Pendleton (864) 646-1725
Tri-County Technical College – Oconee Hospital Pendleton (864) 646-1725
Tri-County Technical College- Curriculum CAN Pendleton (864) 646-8361
Tri-County Technical College-Fred Hamilton Career Center Pendleton (864) 646-1725
Ravenel Medical Center Ravenel (843) 889-5000
Beaufort/Jasper ACE-HST Program Ridgeland (843) 987-8107
Allied Technology Center-Rock Hill Rock Hill (803) 981-1100
Saluda High School Health Science Technology Saluda (864) 445-3011
Fred Hamilton Career Center-HST Seneca (864) 886-4425
Allendale County Helping Hands – CAN South Allendale (803) 584-3107
Aiken Technical College-Wagener Site South Wagener (803) 593-9954
Daniel Morgan Technology Center Spartanburg (864) 579-2810
Spartanburg Community College- Cherokee Campus Spartanburg (864) 592-4904
Spartanburg Community College- Nursing Division Spartanburg (864) 592-4800
Dorchester County Career School- HST Summerville Site Summerville (843) 873-5049
Allheart Allied Health Education Center N.A.T.P. Sumter (803) 773-1800
Allheart Allied Health Education Center N.A.T.P. Columbia site Sumter (803) 834-5017
Mejias Medical Training Center- Sumter Sumter (803) 774-3047
Sumter County Career Center Sumter (803) 481-8575
Swansea High School Swansea (803) 568-1100
Union Co. Adult Education-C.N.A. (formerly Vocational Center) Union (864) 429-1770
Union County Career & Technology Center Union (864) 429-1765
Colleton County High School (HST & Adult Ed.) formerly Thunderbolt Career Walterboro (843) 782-0031
Veterans Victory House Nursing Home of Walterboro Walterboro (843) 538-3000
Still Hope Episcopal Retirement Community West Columbia (803) 739-5022
Anderson Districts I & II Career and Technology Center Williamston (864) 847-4121
Floyd D. Johnson Technology Center York (803) 684-1910
White Oak Manor York York

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