CNA Classes in South Carolina

CNA classes in South Carolina are now accepting applications for students interested in either online or campus based training programs. Courses accredited by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are available through a number of local vocational schools and community colleges, as well as hospitals, nursing homes and non-profit groups (e.g. Goodwill). By completing one of these programs, you can become eligible to take the certification exam in just a matter of weeks.

Successful completion of the any of the programs listed below should make you eligible to take the certification exam in South Carolina. Those interested should contact the programs through the form provided.

Name City Type Graduation Rate
Forrest College Anderson 2-year, Private for-profit 78%
Trident Technical College Charleston 2-year, Public 10%
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg 2-year, Public 10%
Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg 2-year, Public 12%
Midlands Technical College West Columbia 2-year, Public 10%

The projected increase in the number of Certified Nursing Assistant positions is expected grow by as much as 25% through the year 2020 according to the official reports released by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. This percentage increase is much higher than the already well-above average projections released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the entire nation.

State 2010 2020 Percent Change Projected Job Openings
South Carolina 20,320 25,400 770 25%

*Projected Yearly New Job Openings

Source: South Carolina Department of Labor and Workforce

Did you know that certified nursing assistants are among the top paying jobs that do not require a college degree? It is true and what is more that in South Carolina the CNA salary is among the best in the entry level healthcare occupations without an associate’s degree.

Type Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Hourly $8.04 $9.04 $10.41 $11.76 $14.01
Yearly $16,700 $18,800 $21,700 $24,500 $29,100

Source: SC Works

Potential Certified Nursing Assistants need to complete three main steps in order to work as a CNA in South Carolina. These steps include:

  1. Successfully complete an accredited training program that has been approved by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  2. Pass the certification examination given by Pearson Vue
  3. Have your name added to the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry
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