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South Carolina CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of South Carolina (SC)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification


South Carolina is a CNA-oriented state. Home Health Aides can work for private employers but not in Medicare or Medicaid-certified establishments or skilled nursing agencies. The hours accumulated under RN-supervision wherever they work may count towards the practical part of their State exam.

CNAs can be certified by their academies, but not necessarily also by the state. CNAs need to be state-certified however in order to work for Medicare and Medicaid-certified establishments. In order to sit for the state exam, CNAs also have to accumulate 100 hours of practical work in hospitals or other accredited establishments.

All nursing and agency rules are regulated in SC by the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).

Note: Fed regulations require certified aides who work in Medicare or Medicaid-reimbursed facilities to accumulate 12 hours of continuing education per 12 month period.

We list the higher between Federal (Fed) and State requirements

Requirements CNA HHA
Work Eligibility Fed rules govern eligibility; you must be a citizen, national, green card holder, or in possession of a work permit; you must also produce a social security number to all employers. Same (Federal regulation).
Type of Certification The Dept. of Health & Human services will issue you a certificate, and employers verify your qualifications online. N/A
Application Form A filled application form is required together with all supplemental information, such as high school and training diplomas and proof of eligibility to work as described above. You apply to the academy or school you want to join.
Age You must be at least 18 years old. Depends on employer requirements.
Driver’s License No driver’s license required as long as you can produce a photo ID. Employer requirements apply.
Education Level High school diploma required. same
Training hours & where A minimum of 75 accredited hours of training, not including practical training. Schools will have different schedules and number of hours, as long as they are accredited by the State. N/A
Competence Training The program you enroll in should have at least 40 hours of hands-on training. N/A
Experience No prior professional experience required. 1 year of professional caregiving required to enable you to work as a Companion/Homemaker in a private home through an agency.
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. same
Fingerprints 2 Fingerprints cards will be required (blanks provided with application form). N/A
Background checks Applicants must pass a criminal background check. Depends on employer (assume the same).
Other Requirements Social security number must be produced; Photo ID and two photos plus fingerprint cards. Depends on employer (assume the same).
Licensed in another state? Based on your out-of-state license, you may petition the SC DHHS for possible reciprocity. There is a special application form (obtainable through the second link provided below). At best, you will be asked to sit for the competency test. same
Exam It is referred to as the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam and given by the Department of Health & Human Services in two parts, written, and practical. N/A


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