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A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree is a worthwhile investment, both for aspiring nurses entering the field and for existing nurses seeking career advancement. This is underscored by the recent marketplace shift towards BSN education, as healthcare employers place increasing value on registered nurses (RNs) who hold bachelor's degrees.

BSN programs fall into two categories. For those new to the nursing profession, there are prelicensure programs that prepare students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Alternatively, existing nurses keen to further their education can opt for RN-to-BSN programs, which enable licensed nurses to earn a bachelor's degree through a streamlined course of study.

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Roughly 25 prelicensure BSN programs are available in Georgia. Berry College, one school with a prelicensure BSN program, has a unique emphasis on cultural immersion; students at Berry College must fulfill a two-week study abroad requirement. Georgia Regents University and Shorter University are two other prestigious schools with fulltime prelicensure programs that rigorously prepare aspiring registered nurses.

Georgia also offers an array of RN-to-BSN programs. Many of these are found at the state’s numerous public institutions like Georgia Regents University, University of North Georgia, and Georgia College. Some RN-to-BSN programs, like the one offered at University of North Georgia, give students the option to study partially or fully online. This model is very appealing to working students who seek greater flexibility.

Career prospects for BSN-educated registered nurses are very promising. Georgia’s RNs earn a median annual salary of almost $62,000. The state’s major healthcare employers, like the Department of Veterans Affairs and Piedmont Healthcare, are frequently hiring newly minted RNs.

To help you narrow down your BSN choices, we've compiled below a list of Georgia's top programs. You’ll find them organized against the state’s major metropolitan areas.

Featured Schools

Atlanta

Georgia State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Clayton State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Kennesaw State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Emory University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
University of West Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Gordon State College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Herzing University - Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Georgia State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.0% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Clayton State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Kennesaw State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Emory University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.4% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
University of West Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.1% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Atlanta
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Gordon State College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Herzing University - Atlanta
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Augusta

Augusta University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Augusta University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.8% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Columbus

Columbus State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Columbus State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Savannah

Armstrong State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - Savannah
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Armstrong State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.0% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - Savannah
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Georgia cities

LaGrange College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mercer University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Middle Georgia State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Piedmont College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Coastal Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Albany State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia Southern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Valdosta State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Shorter University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Brenau University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Berry College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Dalton State College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia Highlands College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Georgia State College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Thomas University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Truett McConnell College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of North Georgia
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Wesleyan College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
LaGrange College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 100.0% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.6% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mercer University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.6% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Middle Georgia State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.5% 2011 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Piedmont College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.3% 2008 to 2017
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Georgia Southwestern State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.9% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Coastal Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.6% 2011 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Albany State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia Southern University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Valdosta State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.7% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Shorter University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.6% 2012 to 2012
Brenau University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.6% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Berry College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Dalton State College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia Highlands College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Georgia State College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Thomas University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Truett McConnell College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of North Georgia
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Wesleyan College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing