South Carolina

For RN Licensure:

Registered Nurse (RN):  An applicant for licensure as an Registered Nurse (RN) shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant:

1. submits satisfactory proof of identity and age demonstrating that the applicant is eighteen years of age or older;

2. submits a copy of the applicant's social security card or permanent resident card; a resident alien who does not have a social security number must have an alien identification number;

3. has not committed any acts that are grounds for disciplinary action;

4. has completed all requirements for graduation from an approved school of nursing or nursing education program approved by the state or jurisdiction in this country or territory or dependency of the United States in which the program is located.

Note: Credit may not be given in an initial application for an unapproved correspondence course or for experience gained through employment.

For LPN Licensure:

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN):  An applicant for licensure as an Practical Nurse (PN) shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant:

1. submits satisfactory proof of identity and age demonstrating that the applicant is eighteen years of age or older;

2. submits a copy of the applicant's social security card or permanent resident card; a resident alien who does not have a social security number must have an alien identification number;

3. has not committed any acts that are grounds for disciplinary action;

4. has completed all requirements for graduation from an approved school of nursing or nursing education program approved by the state or jurisdiction in this country or territory or dependency of the United States in which the program is located.

Note: Credit may not be given in an initial application for an unapproved correspondence course or for experience gained through employment.

The board shall accept applicants for the National Council Licensure Examination-PN who:

1. have successfully completed an approved nursing education program for professional nursing within the past five years of the date of the application; or

2. have received an equivalent education from an approved nursing education program within the past three years of the date of the application.

For APRN licensure:

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN):  An applicant for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant:

  1. has met all qualifications for licensure as a registered nurse; and
  2. holds current specialty certification by a board-approved credentialing organization; and
  3. has earned a master's degree or higher from an accredited college or university

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