South Carolina Nursing Assistant / Nurse Aide Guide

CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant - Aide Practice Exam Is a License or Certification needed:  To get certified and work as a nursing assistant or nurse aide in South Carolina, you need to complete a nursing assistant program and pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam.

Who Grants Certification: The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services grants certification to South Carolina Nurse Aides.

The Qualifications to become Certified:

The qualifications necessary for receiving a Nurse Aide License in the state of South Carolina include:
  • Complete a state-approved nurses aide training program within the past 24 months consisting of a 100 hours that includes 40 hours of clinical practice; and
  • Pass the South Carolina NNAAP examination
 How to Apply for Certification and to take the Exam:

In order to apply for nurse aide licensure in South Carolina, you will need to apply to take the SCNNAAP Exam. 

You can apply to register for the SC Nurse Aide Licensing Exam here.

If you need additional help registering for the exam, please contact customer service at 866-751-5809 between 8AM - 8PM (M-F) or email pearsonvuecustomerservice@pearson.com.

Test Content
The NNAAP test has two parts, a Skills Evaluation and a Written (or oral) part.  Both parts must be passed to be listed on the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry. The written section is 70 questions in length, 60 are multiple-choice and 10 are reading comprehension questions. Take two pencils with you. You will have two full hours to complete the exam. (The oral exam if given in place of the written exam is 160 questions in length.) The Skills Evaluation will be a 25 minute time period given to complete 5 randomly selected nurse aide skills. Content topics include:
  • Activities of Daily Living – Hygiene, Dressing and Grooming, Nutrition and Hydration, Elimination, Rest/Comfort/Sleep
  • Basic Nursing Skills - Infection Control, Safety/Emergency, Therapeutic/Technical Procedures, Data Collection and Reporting
  • Restorative Skills – Prevention, Self-care/Independence
  • Psychosocial Care Skills – Emotional and Mental Health Needs
  • Spiritual and Cultural Needs
  • Communication
  • Client Rights
  • Legal and Ethical Behavior
  • Member of the Health Care Team
See the Candidate Handbook for more details.

Certification Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements:

To renew your license, click on this link.

Only 8 hours of employment during the past 24 months are required, although this must be paid employment, not volunteer work, and in a nursing environment such as a nursing home, home health setting or a hospital.

Contact

SC Nurse Aide Registry 
SC Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Community and Facility Services
PO Box 8206 
1801 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29202 
Phone: 803-898-2587

Registry Managed by Pearson VUE 
PO Box 13785 
Philadelphia, PA 19101-3785 
Phone: 800-475-8290

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Our practice exam writers:
Alene Burke, RN, MSN
, is a multidisciplinary nursing educator and has taught nurses and CNAs for the last 25 years. She has developed curriculum for college level health care educational institutions and has served as a member of the American Nurses Association’s Credentialing Center Innovative Collaborative Initiative on healthcare education.


Dorothy Belding, RN, MSH
, is an instructor in the CNA program at Mitchell Community College in North Carolina.  Dorothy has over 30 years of experience as an RN and has worked in the skilled nursing environment supervising CNAs.


Diane Hill, RN, BSN
, is an instructor in CNA studies at Cumberland Community College in New Jersey. Diane is a state-certified CNA educator and has worked as an assistant director and staff nurse in nursing homes.

National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Exam Content Outline Review

I. Physical Care Skills

A. Daily Living Activities:

  • Hygiene
  • Dressing and Grooming
  • Nutrition and Hydration
  • Elimination
  • Rest/Sleep/Comfort

B. Skills of Basic Nursing:

  • Infection Control
  • Safety/Emergency
  • Therapeutic/Technical Procedures
  • Data Collection and Reporting   

C. Restorative Skills:

  • Prevention
  • Self Care/Independence

II. Psychosocial Care Skills

A. Emotional and Mental Health Needs

B. Spiritual and Cultural Needs

III. Nurse Aide Roles

A. Communication

B. Client Rights

C. Legal and Ethical Behavior

D. Member of the Health Care Team