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The nursing profession never seems to diminish in demand, and Georgia is certainly no exception. There are over 130,000 individuals employed in nursing roles across the state, including 37,430 nursing assistants, 24,350 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), 66,080 registered nurses (RNs), and 4,300 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

Because nurses are so in demand, there are many programs available to launch prospective students on the path to their career of choice. These programs range from associate’s degrees (two years) to bachelor’s degrees (four years) to master’s degrees (six years) and can be found at institutions ranging in size from small community colleges to private colleges to large public universities.

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Community colleges are often relatively close by, have open enrollment (meaning that if you have a high school diploma, you can get in), and are inexpensive when compared with public and private four-year programs.

Private colleges and universities may be more expensive than the other two options, but they offer smaller class size, better student-to-teacher ratios, and can provide enhanced name recognition and prestige to your resume.

Public colleges and universities are often larger than their private counterparts (meaning more resources), are less selective, and frequently offer lower tuition for state (or county) residents.

If you start in a two-year program with the aim of transferring to a four-year program, remember that not all credits may transfer. If you know that a bachelor’s or master’s degree is in your future, you may want to start in a four-year program (or even a program that offers the option of continuing on to earn your master’s degree) rather than transferring in. This isn’t always possible, but it can save some time and money in the long run.

To help aspiring nurses get started in the right direction, we’ve compiled below a list of accredited Georgia schools and organized them by the size of their nursing programs.

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Georgia nursing schools: Largest to smallest

Albany State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 326 students during the 2017 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 7 students during the 2016 period
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Atlanta
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 275 students during the 2017 period
Emory University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 202 students during the 2017 period
Kennesaw State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 183 students during the 2017 period
Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 172 students during the 2017 period
Augusta University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 159 students during the 2017 period
Direct Entry MSN: 119 students during the 2017 period
Perimeter College at Georgia State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 146 students during the 2017 period
Georgia State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 137 students during the 2017 period
Mercer University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 119 students during the 2017 period
University of North Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 117 students during the 2017 period
University of West Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 115 students during the 2017 period
Valdosta State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 109 students during the 2017 period
Central Georgia Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99 students during the 2017 period
Georgia College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 99 students during the 2017 period
Middle Georgia State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93 students during the 2017 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 40 students during the 2017 period
Georgia Southern University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91 students during the 2017 period
Clayton State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89 students during the 2017 period
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82 students during the 2017 period
Coastal Pines Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82 students during the 2017 period
West Georgia Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2017 period
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 77 students during the 2017 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 31 students during the 2017 period
Georgia Highlands College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73 students during the 2017 period
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 72 students during the 2017 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 20 students during the 2017 period
Columbus State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 70 students during the 2017 period
Brenau University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 69 students during the 2017 period
Gordon State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 69 students during the 2017 period
Gwinnett Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62 students during the 2017 period
Dalton State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 61 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 22 students during the 2017 period
Columbus Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 60 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 28 students during the 2017 period
South Georgia State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 59 students during the 2017 period
Piedmont College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 58 students during the 2017 period
Southern Crescent Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 51 students during the 2017 period
Southern Regional Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 50 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 31 students during the 2017 period
Georgia Gwinnett College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 49 students during the 2017 period
Athens Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 48 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2017 period
South Georgia Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 47 students during the 2017 period
North Georgia Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 14 students during the 2017 period
Georgia Southwestern State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 41 students during the 2017 period
Southeastern Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 39 students during the 2017 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 12 students during the 2017 period
Lanier Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 38 students during the 2017 period
Chattahoochee Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 37 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2017 period
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 37 students during the 2017 period
Albany Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 36 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 14 students during the 2017 period
Ogeechee Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2017 period
College of Coastal Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 34 students during the 2017 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 23 students during the 2017 period
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College - Bainbridge
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 33 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 31 students during the 2017 period
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 31 students during the 2017 period
Savannah Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 31 students during the 2017 period
Berry College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 26 students during the 2017 period
LaGrange College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 26 students during the 2017 period
Shorter University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 25 students during the 2017 period
Wesleyan College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 25 students during the 2017 period
Truett McConnell University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 23 students during the 2017 period
Augusta Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 22 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 16 students during the 2017 period
Herzing University - Atlanta
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 14 students during the 2017 period
Atlanta Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 12 students during the 2017 period
School Program Class size
Albany State University Associate's Degree in Nursing 326 students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 7 students
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Atlanta Bachelor of Science in Nursing 275 students
Emory University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 202 students
Kennesaw State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 183 students
Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing 172 students
Augusta University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 159 students
Direct Entry MSN 119 students
Perimeter College at Georgia State University Associate's Degree in Nursing 146 students
Georgia State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 137 students
Mercer University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 119 students
University of North Georgia Bachelor of Science in Nursing 117 students
University of West Georgia Bachelor of Science in Nursing 115 students
Valdosta State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 109 students
Central Georgia Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 99 students
Georgia College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 99 students
Middle Georgia State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 40 students
Georgia Southern University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91 students
Clayton State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89 students
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Associate's Degree in Nursing 82 students
Coastal Pines Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 82 students
West Georgia Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 78 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 32 students
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 77 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 31 students
Georgia Highlands College Associate's Degree in Nursing 73 students
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 72 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 20 students
Columbus State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 70 students
Brenau University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 69 students
Gordon State College Associate's Degree in Nursing 69 students
Gwinnett Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 62 students
Dalton State College Associate's Degree in Nursing 61 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 22 students
Columbus Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 60 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 28 students
South Georgia State College Associate's Degree in Nursing 59 students
Piedmont College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 58 students
Southern Crescent Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 51 students
Southern Regional Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 50 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 31 students
Georgia Gwinnett College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 49 students
Athens Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 48 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 17 students
South Georgia Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 47 students
North Georgia Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 42 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 14 students
Georgia Southwestern State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 41 students
Southeastern Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 39 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 12 students
Lanier Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 38 students
Chattahoochee Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 37 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 27 students
Oconee Fall Line Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 37 students
Albany Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 36 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 14 students
Ogeechee Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 35 students
College of Coastal Georgia Bachelor of Science in Nursing 34 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 23 students
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College - Bainbridge Associate's Degree in Nursing 33 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 31 students
Georgia Piedmont Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 31 students
Savannah Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 31 students
Berry College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 26 students
LaGrange College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 26 students
Shorter University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 25 students
Wesleyan College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 25 students
Truett McConnell University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 23 students
Augusta Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 22 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 16 students
Herzing University - Atlanta Bachelor of Science in Nursing 14 students
Atlanta Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 12 students