A prime southeastern state for beach-lovers, South Carolina, may be best known by visitors for Myrtle Beach, a favorite oceanfront vacation spot for families. However, residents appreciate many other points of historical and scenic significance here, such as Fort Sumter, famous during the Civil War, and Charleston, an Old South town with rows of plantation-style homes in pastel colors. CNAs here enjoy the beautiful scenery along with secure jobs caring for the 4.8 million residents, 16 percent of whom are older than 65. The United States Occupation Outlook reports that CNA jobs across the United States will increase by around 20 percent in the next decade as this age group and the next younger generation continue to age.
– Capital: Columbia
– Minimum Wage: $7.25
– Number of Hospitals: 69
– Number of Nursing Homes: 19,689
– Total Population: 4,832,482
– Population (ages 45-64): 1,280,213
– Population (ages 65+): 761,865
– Population (ages 85+): 80,384
– Wofford College
– Furman University
– Clemson University
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control works with the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry to regulate CNA training and testing. CNA students here must complete a state-approved training program with at least 100 hours before being allowed to sit for the test. At least 40 of the 100 hours must be completed in a local health care setting providing hands-on care to patients under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Students who have completed programs with at least 100 hours in other states are also eligible to waive South Carolina training. Nursing students who have completed a fundamentals of nursing class with a C average or above as well as military-trained health care personnel and foreign nurses are also eligible to waive CNA training.
The state requires CNA students to be at least 18 years old. However, there are no additional requirements for an educational level in South Carolina. Some training programs may require students to have a high school diploma or GED or to complete a pre-training assessment examination to determine reading and math competency.
Students will also need to complete a criminal background check as well as two fingerprint cards. Students will need to have a photo ID and two additional photographs on file with the state. Physically, they must have up-to-date immunizations and recent negative tuberculosis screenings along with physicals performed by a doctor stating that they can complete the physical requirements of CNAs, such as lifting at least 40 pounds.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control uses the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program through Pearson VUE for its CNA competency evaluations. Tests can be taken at many training facilities as well as at regional testing centers. The test includes two sections designed to test both CNA theory and skills.
The knowledge section can be taken as either a written or an oral version. The oral version uses either the English or Spanish language and is good for those who have trouble reading English for any reason. This section uses 70 multiple-choice questions to test theory. The oral version has 60 multiple-choice questions testing theory plus an additional ten multiple-choice questions testing basic reading comprehension. This test must be completed in two hours or less.
The skills examination requires students to demonstrate five skills in front of a Nurse Aide Evaluator. One of the skills is hand washing, and another skill is taking a measurement, such as a blood pressure. The other skills will be randomly selected on test day. Students have up to 30 minutes to complete this section.
Students will learn their test results while they are at the testing facility. Those who fail will only need to retake the section that they failed. Students can take each section up to three times before being required to retrain. In addition, both sections must be passed within 24 months from completing CNA training. The cost to take both sections is $101.
A CNA moving to South Carolina from another state can request reciprocity to begin working as a CNA in South Carolina. To apply for reciprocity, CNAs must be active and in good standing on their prior registries and not be listed on the abuse registry for patient abuse or neglect. Applicants must prove that they have attended a program with at least 100 hours of training. This can be documented through a diploma, certificate or notarized school letter. In addition, CNAs who have held their certifications less than 24 months will need to provide a list of work experience totaling at least eight hours for the past 24 months. Work experience can be documented with a pay stub or W-2. Reciprocity is free.
South Carolina CNAs must renew their licenses every 24 months to stay current. To renew, they must have an active license in good standing with the state with no accusations of patient neglect or abuse. Renewal notices and forms will be mailed out from the state one to two months prior to expiration. CNAs are required to pay a fee of $28 for renewal. However, CNAs who work in a Medicaid-certified facility in the state will have their employers pay their renewal fees. Those who allow their licenses to expire will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Some expired CNAs may be required to retrain and retest.
|Medical University Of South Carolina||169 Ashley Avenue||Charleston||SC||29425||843-792-2300||Website|
|Spartanburg Regional Medical Center||101 East Wood Street||Spartanburg||SC||29303||864-560-6000||Website|
|Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital||2095 Henry Tecklenburg Drive||Charleston||SC||29414||843-402-1000||Website|
|Roper Hospital||316 Calhoun Street||Charleston||SC||29401||843-724-2000||Website|
|Anmed Health||800 North Fant Street||Anderson||SC||29621||864-512-1000||Website|
|Mcleod Health||555 East Cheves Street||Florence||SC||29506||843-777-2000||Website|
|Bon Secours St. Francis Downtown||One St Francis Drive||Greenville||SC||29601||864-255-1000||Website|
|Abbeville Area Medical Center||420 Thomson Circle||Abbeville||SC||29620||864-366-5011||Website|
|Aiken Regional Medical Centers||302 University Parkway||Aiken||SC||29801||803-641-5000||Website|
|Allendale County Hospital||1787 Allendale Fairfax Highway||Fairfax||SC||29827||803-632-3311||Website|
|Anmed Health Rehabilitation Hospital||1 Spring Back Way||Anderson||SC||29621||864-716-2600||Website|
|Baptist Easley Hospital||200 Fleetwood Drive||Easley||SC||29640||864-442-7200||Website|
|Beaufort Memorial Hospital||955 Ribaut Road||Beaufort||SC||29902||843-522-5200||Website|
|Cannon Memorial Hospital||123 W G Acker Drive||Pickens||SC||29671||864-878-4791||Website|
|Carolina Center For Behavioral Health||2700 East Phillips Road||Greer||SC||29650||864-235-2335||Website|
|Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center||1304 West Bobo Newsom Highway||Hartsville||SC||29550||843-339-2100||Website|
|Carolinas Hospital||805 Pamplico Highway||Florence||SC||29505||843-674-5000||Website|
|Chesterfield General Hospital||711 Chesterfield Highway||Cheraw||SC||29520||843-537-7881||Website|
|Chester Regional Medical Center||1 Medical Park Drive||Chester||SC||29706||803-581-3151||Website|
|Clarendon Memorial Hospital||10 Hospital Street||Manning||SC||29102||803-435-8463||Website|