South Carolina State Licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Below you’ll find information needed to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after completion of the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. Graduates of the MSN/FNP are eligible to apply for the state Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure.
Current South Carolina registered nurse (RN) license.
South Carolina is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC does not affect additional requirements imposed by states for advanced-practice registered nursing. A multi-state licensure privilege to practice registered nursing granted by a party state must be recognized by other party states as a license to practice registered nursing if a license to practice registered nursing is required by state law as a precondition for qualifying for advanced-practice registered nurse authorization.
A current APRN South Carolina license or temporary license is required to practice advanced nursing in this state. Orientation is considered the practice of nursing in South Carolina. Therefore, all nurses must possess a current South Carolina license and/or temporary license before beginning orientation (including classroom instruction and reading policies and procedures). It is a violation of the Nurse Practice Act to begin orientation without the proper license and can result in action by the Board.
Completion of an advanced formal education program at the master’s level or doctoral level acceptable to the Board of Nursing. Graduates should demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in assessment and management of physical and psychosocial health, illness status of persons, families, and groups.
APRNs must hold current specialty certification by South Carolina Board of Nursing-approved credentialing organization. New graduates must provide evidence of certification within one (1) year of program completion.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Family Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Family Nurse Practitioner certification programs are recognized by the Board. Certification is issued upon passage of an examination and meeting all other certification requirements.
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to AANP for certification: AANP FNP Certification Application.
Application, application fee, and official or unofficial transcript showing academic coursework completed to date or final official transcript showing degree awarded and date conferred submitted by University of Phoenix required.
American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification:
Candidates apply directly to ANCC for certification: ANCC FNP Certification Application.
Application, application fee, validation of education form completion, and official transcript with degree conferral and date of degree submitted by University of Phoenix required. For authorization to sit for the exam, prior to degree conferral and graduation, ANCC will accept unofficial transcripts showing academic coursework to date.
Candidates will apply directly to the South Carolina Board of Nursing.
Paper Application: APRN Update - Current SC RN to APRN
The following must be received by the Board:
- Completed application with the associated fees.
- If you answer “yes” to any of the application questions (1-10) - PART VI: Personal History Information, you must attach a full written explanation pertaining to that particular question.
- Recent 2”x 2” full faced passport type photo (sign and date on front or back and tape along top edge only onto your application).
- Copy of current SC RN license with the expiration date.
- Official transcripts sent directly from the University of Phoenix.
- Copy of current specialty certification by a Board-approved credentialing organization.
- Copies of legal documents that authorize a change in name, if applicable.
- Obtain all physician signatures and license numbers to be included on your application, if applicable.
- See the SC Nurse Practice Act for guidelines on the development of written protocols
- Completed Affidavit of Eligibility.
- Criminal background check (fingerprints): the Board will forward instructions once application is received.
- If applying for prescriptive authority, complete and submit the Prescriptive Authority Application (online or paper application). Provide evidence of completion of forty-five (45) contact hours of education in pharmacotherapeutics acceptable to the Board within two (2) years before application. New graduates (graduated within two (2) years before the application) who have completed a graduate level pharmacology course meet the educational requirements for prescriptive authority. Refer to Requirements and Instructions for APRN Prescriptive Authority for further guidance.
State Agency Contact Information:
South Carolina Board of Nursing
Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 12367
Columbia, SC 29211
Board of Nursing
110 Centerview Dr., Ste 202
Columbia, SC 29210
Disclaimer: This summary is provided as a reference tool for our students. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up to date. However, as certification/licensure requirements are subject to change at any time, students are encouraged to check with their appropriate state licensing authority (provided above) for additional information.