August 20, 2017

How to Achieve CNA Certification in SC

CNA certification in SCdemands that all certified nurse aides be included on the state registry.  If you are not on this registry, you will not be able to practice in the state of South Carolina. To be registered, you must complete the state approved training curriculum and pass a competency exam.

There are a number of institutions that provide CNA training in South Carolina, and they can be found through the DHHS website.  The curriculum consists of all skills and topics trainees need to work with the elderly and infirm. The course covers attending not just the elderly but also those who are mentally and/or physically infirm.

Once training has been completed, trainee nurse aides must sit a competency exam for CNA certification in SC. The exam is provided through Pearson VUE, but is referred to as Promissor on the DHHS website.  The exam has two parts and trainees must pass both to be become a registered CNA.  One part is a written exam of 70 questions, 10 questions are not assessed and are for data collection.  The test is multiple choice and is also available orally if requested.  The second part of the test is a practical skills assessment.  Candidates are asked to complete a series of tasks that are routine for certified nurse aides, under the supervision of the assessor.

If you want CNA certification in SCand have been a certified nurse aide in another state, you must complete a reciprocity form.  This form is also through Pearson VUE and can be downloaded as a PDF from the DHHS website.. You must also supply proof of employment as a CNA for last 24 months with the application as well as having completed 80 hours of training.



  1. heidi faulkner says:

    on march 7th,and april 16 i have sent in for my ny cna to become sc cna. i have heard nothing. if more information was needed. if i am certified in sc. this is holding me up from finding work. no nursing home will hire me with a ny cna. i really need to find out what im doing wrong to become a sc cna.please if anyone can help me. 8433314601 is my cell number. please anny help is greatly appriciated.
    thank you
    heidi faulkner

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