Certified Nursing Assistant

How to Become a CNA in South Carolina

Pia Yapjoco
Aug 9, 2023
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Hey there, future superstars of healthcare! 🌟 Are you interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in South Carolina? This blog post will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to get started. Start your journey to becoming a CNA today!

But first, let's talk numbers. 💰 CNAs in SC make an average salary of around $32,490. That breaks down to a nifty $15.62 per hour. Now, let's dive into the steps to start earning as a CNA.

What are the requirements to become a CNA in SC?

Okay, here's what you're going to need:

  1. Complete a 100-hour state-approved training program. That includes 40 hours of hands-on clinical training.
  2. Pass the Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam via the state-approved provider, Credentia. 
  3. Get your name on the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.

Where can I find CNA classes in SC?

Now, where do you learn all these incredible CNA skills? Dreambound is the perfect place for discovering CNA training programs near you. Just type in your zip code, and you can compare different schools simultaneously. You'll also find valuable details like upcoming classes, class costs, and payment options. Take a look at the local courses we offer in South Carolina today!

How Do I Register for a CNA Exam? 

Once you've finished your training, it's time to apply to take the CNA exam!

Credentia is the state-contracted provider of the NNAAP exam in SC. They have an online registration system called Credentia365 that makes it super convenient for you to schedule your exam. Make sure to register within two years of completing your CNA training program. If the two years lapse, you must undergo training again before taking the exam.

Exams are at $140, broken down as follows:

Exam Type
Written or Oral Examination


Clinical Examination


The SC CNA state exam

Preparing for the SC CNA state exam is an important milestone on your journey to becoming a licensed CNA. The comprehensive exam consists of two parts and evaluates your knowledge and skills. 

1. The written exam:

The written part is a test with 70 questions about what you've learned during your training. You'll need to score at least 70% to pass. 

It will cover the following topics:

  • Physical care skills
  • Psychosocial care skills
  • Role of the nurse aide

You can also opt to take an oral exam in English should you have difficulty reading. Make sure to request an oral exam during registration if needed.

2. The skills exam:

You must execute five randomly chosen nurse aide skills during the skills evaluation. Before beginning, your Nurse Aide Evaluator will hand you a card with the list of skills assigned to you. They will show you where to find equipment and answer any questions you may have. You must execute all five nurse aide skills successfully to pass.

Here is a list of 23 skills the NNAAP includes in its evaluation. Make sure to learn them by heart!

  1. Hand hygiene (hand washing)
  2. Applies one knee-high elastic stocking
  3. Assists with ambulating using a transfer belt
  4. Assists with the use of bedpan
  5. Cleans upper or lower denture
  6. Counts and records radial pulse
  7. Counts and records respirations
  8. Donning and removing PPE (gown and gloves)
  9. Dresses client with affected (weak) right arm)
  10. Feeds client who cannot feed self
  11. Gives modified bed bath (face and one arm, hand and underarm)
  12. Measures and records electronic blood pressure
  13. Measures and records urinary output
  14. Measures and records the weight of the ambulatory client
  15. Performs modified passive range of motion (PROM) for one knee and one ankle
  16. Performs modified passive range of motion (PROM) for one shoulder
  17. Positions on side
  18. Provides catheter care for female
  19. Provides foot care on one foot
  20. Provides mouth care
  21. Provides perineal care (peri-care) for female
  22. Transfers from bed to wheelchair using transfer belt
  23. Measures and records manual blood pressure

How do I prepare for my CNA exam?

When it comes to taking the exam, being well-prepared is the key! The good news is you can take your written or oral exam online from the comfort of your home. 

Should you choose to do so, prepare the following:

  • Well-equipped computer with a webcam
  • Mobile phone
  • Private room that is well-lit and with no distractions
  • Two forms of proper identification

If you're having your exams at a test center, make sure to bring the following:

  • Two forms of proper identification
  • Three no. 2 pencils
  • Eraser
  • Watch with a secondhand

Before taking the exam, make sure to study and have hands-on practice thoroughly. For more tips and valuable resources on preparing, check out our blog post on how to get ready for the CNA exam.

How do I get listed and get a job as a CNA? 

Once you've aced that exam, your name will be on SC's Nurse Aide Registry about ten days later. You may view or search for your name on Credentia's official website. Congratulations, you're officially a CNA! 🎉

Now it’s time to put those skills to work. CNAs can work in hospitals, nursing homes, and even privately in people's homes. You can find job listings on job boards or nursing home websites. Check out our blog on where CNAs work for more details.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, future CNAs of South Carolina! You're now armed with the know-how to navigate your CNA journey.  Remember, your compassion and dedication will shine through as you care for others.  So go ahead, spread those smiles, make a positive impact, and embrace your rewarding path in healthcare. You've got this!

Written by
Pia Yapjoco

Pia Yapjoco is part of the school growth and sales team at Dreambound. She helps facilitate school partnerships that expand educational opportunities for aspiring students in allied health and other trades. Beyond work, she curates her pup's Instagram, hunts for hidden coffee gems, and escapes into cozy gaming.

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