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South Carolina Nurse Practitioner Certification

The state of South Carolina recognizes NPs as APRNs. An APRN is an RN who has met specific advanced educational requirements and is recognized by the State Board of Nursing of South Carolina. The term "APRN" may apply to NPs, CNS, CRNAs, or certified nurse–midwives.

South Carolina NPs may diagnose patients and treat those who already have been diagnosed. They may provide care from the outset of illness, including comprehensive care; take medical histories; give physical exams; order labs and other diagnostic tests and procedures; interpret diagnostic tests; treat patients; and establish management plans for caring for patients with acute and chronic illnesses or diseases. South Carolina NPs may prescribe medications, providing that they have met additional requirements.

In order to become a nurse practitioner in the state of South Carolina, you must hold a valid RN license for South Carolina or one of the compact states. In addition, you must hold a doctorate degree, a post-nursing master’s certificate, or, at a minimum, a master's degree in a specific area of advanced practice registered nursing. Your education must be composed of classroom learning and supervised clinical practice in your area of specialty.

South Carolina

Schools in South Carolina that offer graduate-level NP programs include: University of South Carolina, South Carolina Medical University, and Clemson University. Many online schools also offer nationally accredited graduate-level NP programs. The training and education from these schools is comparable to that of traditional campus-based schools. All components, including the clinical requirements, are met by schools such as: Philadelphia University, University of Cincinnati, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, South University, and Graceland University. Check with the South Carolina State Board of Nursing to find out whether the online school you wish to attend is approved by the Board.

After you have earned your advanced degree, you must then pass an exam and receive certification offered by a Board-approved national credentialing organization in your area of specialty. Credentialing organizations approved by the Board include the following: AANP, AACN Certification Corporation, AANA, Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC; formerly the American Board of Nursing Specialties [ABNS] Accreditation Council), ACNM, Certification of Pediatric Oncology Nurses, Certifying Board of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Dermatology Nursing Certification Board (DNCB), HANCB, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), PNCB, NCC for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties, Orthopedic Nurses Certification Board, PNCB, and Vascular Nursing Certification Board. In order to be granted prescriptive privileges, you must submit a separate application and indicate that you have a supervising physician who is licensed in South Carolina.

South Carolina NPs can earn high salaries, depending on their education, area of specialty, location, experience, and other factors. The average NP in South Carolina earns $82,000 per year.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014