Which Georgia Nursing Schools Offer RN Programs?

Find schools in Georgia offering nursing degree programs and courses. Learn about state requirements and get career and salary info for registered nurses living in Georgia. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Three years of coursework could allow you to earn an associate's in nursing and prepare for the registered nursing licensure examination. In four years of study, you could earn a bachelor's degree in the field, which would also prepare you for the RN licensure exam. Both programs require you to take core and elective nursing classes, along with general education classes.

If you aspire to work as a nurse practitioner, you might consider earning a master's degree in nursing. Master's programs could also prepare you for work as a leader in healthcare. These programs could be completed in three to six semesters of study, depending on which nurse practitioner specialty you select.


Associate's Degree Programs in Georgia

Gordon College

  • Program Name: Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 3 years
  • Tuition: $1,138 for Georgia residents; $4,205 for non-residents (per semester, based on 12 credit hours, 2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Prerequisite courses
  • Admission Requirements: Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), Critical Thinking Entrance Assessment (CTEA)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 4,700 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 419 College Drive, Barnesville, GA 30204
  • Phone: (678) 359-5197

Admission to Gordon College's AS in Nursing program is competitive and space is limited. Prior to applying, you must complete majority of the 9 prerequisite core courses, which include anatomy and physiology, microbiology, English, history and humanities. Within the program, you'll study pharmacology, nursing trends, mental health nursing and nursing for patients of all ages. The program includes clinical experiences in many types of health care facilities.

The school also has an LPN to RN program that allows licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with 1 year of experience to earn associate's degrees in 3 semesters. Additional admission requirements for this program include dosage and skills tests.

Southwest Georgia Technical College

  • Program Name: Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Specializations: Generic, LPN-ASN Bridge Option
  • Program Length: 3 years
  • Tuition: Total cost: $12,167 for generic option full-time residents, $4,575 for bridge option full-time residents, an additional $150 per credit for non-residents (except certain counties and Alabama residents) (as of fall 2012)
  • Admission Requirements: Assessment tests, CPR certification
  • Prerequisites: Prerequisite courses
  • School Type: 2-year, public; nearly 1,800 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 15689 U.S. Highway 19 North, Thomasville, GA 31792-9960
  • Phone: (229) 225-4096

Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville offers a generic nursing option for students with no medical training and an LPN-RN bridge option. Both programs require applicants to take prerequisite coursework. In the generic program, you must first take classes in anatomy and physiology, English and algebra before applying to the program. In the bridge option, you must complete the same courses as well as microbiology, psychology, computers and humanities.

In both programs, you'll take courses in nursing pharmacology, health assessment, obstetrics, pediatrics and medical-surgical nursing. A capstone course allows you to incorporate all you've learned in a virtual hospital setting that includes disaster situations, organ transplants, burns and end-of-life care.


Bachelor's Degree Programs in Georgia

Emory University

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition: $18,800 per semester for full-time students (2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: 2 years of prerequisite coursework
  • Admission Requirements: TEAS scores, personal statement, letters of recommendation
  • School Type: 4-year, private, not-for-profit; approximately 14,000 students (about 7,400 undergraduates)
  • Address: 1520 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322-4201
  • Phone: (404) 727-7976

At Emory University in Atlanta, you must complete 2 years of prerequisite coursework before enrolling in the BSN program. The courses, which can be completed at Emory or any other accredited postsecondary school, include chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, statistics, psychology and humanities. While you can apply to Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing's BSN program while completing the prerequisite coursework, all prerequisites must be finished before you can start the program. A BSN second degree program is available if you already hold a bachelor's degree in another field, but 7 prerequisite courses are required to enter the program. In both BSN programs, you gain hands-on experience through supervised clinical work in health care facilities.

Georgia College & State University

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition: $4,110 for Georgia residents; $12,842 for non-residents (per semester, 2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Prerequisite courses
  • Admission Requirements: TEAS test, minimum GPA
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 6,600 students (about 5,600 undergraduate)
  • Address: 231 West Hancock Street, Milledgeville, GA 31061
  • Phone: (478) 445-1076

You must complete 2 years of core courses before applying to the BSN program in the College of Health and Sciences. Applicants to the BSN program are evaluated based on a formula that uses your GPA, TEAS score and SAT/ACT score. Students with the highest scores are admitted into the program. You'll study health assessment, research methods, community health nursing and nursing for patients of varying ages and conditions. In your final semester, you'll complete a clinical internship. If you're already a working RN with a diploma or associate's degree, you can earn your BSN online in as few as 3 semesters.


Master's Degree Programs in Georgia

Emory University

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Specializations: Acute care nurse practitioner (NP), adult/gerontology NP, emergency NP, family NP, family nurse-midwife, health systems leadership, nurse-midwifery, pediatric NP - primary and acute care, women's health NP, women's health care (Title X)
  • Program Length: 3-5 semesters for full-time students
  • Tuition: $18,800 per semester (2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Introductory statistics, health assessment, BSN degree
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score, 1 year of nursing experience or a personal essay
  • School Type: 4-year, private, not-for-profit; nearly 14,000 students (about 6,500 graduates)
  • Address: 1520 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
  • Phone: (404) 727-7980

RNs looking to further their education have many options in Emory University's MSN program. However, keep in mind that admissionx is competitive, and your academic record plays a significant role. The specialty in health systems leadership can prepare you to become a health care executive. If you want to continue clinical practice, there are several specialties that can prepare you to become a nurse practitioner or nurse-midwife. Thanks to the nursing school's ties with the nearby Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Cancer Society and the Carter Center of Emory University, you can also pursue a dual master's degree in nursing and public health.

Georgia College & State University

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
  • Specializations: Family NP
  • Program Length: 6 semesters full-time; 9 semesters part-time
  • Tuition:$7,546 for Georgia residents $20,560 for non-residents (per academic year, 2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, undergraduate statistics and physical assessment courses, CPR certification
  • Admission Requirements: minimum GPA, GRE or MAT scores, valid RN license
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 6,600 students (about 1,000 graduates)
  • Address: 433 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201
  • Phone: (478) 752-1074

Courses in this program are offered in an online or hybrid format; however, by spring 2013, all classes will be fully online. You're curriculum involves classroom and clinical coursework that teaches you concepts related to healthcare safety, pharmacology, physiology and the primary care of adults, women and children. You can also opt to not earn a degree and take up to 9 credit hours of graduate-level classes. If you're wishing to enhance your clinical skills, you can take advanced courses in assessment, physiology and pathophysiology and applied pharmacology. You can also take up to 3 classes aimed at augmenting your knowledge of nursing education.


Georgia Nursing Licensure Requirements

You must obtain licensure from the Georgia Board of Nursing before you can obtain employment as a registered nurse (RN). Your first step toward licensure is completing an approved nursing program. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the most common approaches are through diploma, associate's and bachelor's nursing programs. Master's-level programs are also available if you already have a bachelor's in another field or want to become an advanced practice RN.

After graduation, you must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). To apply for the exam, an application, fee, official college transcripts and background check are necessary. Licensure to become an advanced practice RN requires you to already have a valid RN license, specialty certification and proof of education and/or professional experience.

Job Outlook and Salary Info for RNs

The BLS predicted that nationwide employment of RNs could increase by a faster-than-average 26% from 2010-2020. The BLS said RNs who had at least bachelor's degrees, rather than associate's degrees or diplomas, would have the best job prospects. In May 2011, the BLS reported there were more than 65,000 RNs working in Georgia and earning mean salaries of about $62,000.

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