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If your sights are set on joining the nursing profession, you may benefit from attending a public institution. Georgia has numerous state-supported schools that offer a broad spectrum of nursing programs, including licensed practical nursing (LPN) certificate, registered nursing associate's degree (ADN), and registered nursing bachelor’s degree (BSN). Many public universities also confer the title of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) after completion of an additional two- to three-year master’s degree program. Registered nurses in Georgia have the potential to earn $63,600 per year, while APRNs can earn $88,840 or more annually depending on field of specialization.

If this career path seems attractive, you'll need to decide early on whether to attend a public or private institution. A public college or university receives part of its funding from state taxpayers. A private college or university receives all of its funding from the students – past and present – that are admitted. Public colleges and universities are therefore often less selective and less expensive than their private counterparts. Many public colleges and universities in Georgia offer lower tuition for state (or local county) residents.

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Many of Georgia's largest public colleges and universities offer an extensive selection of nursing programs. These include Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Columbus State University in Columbus, and Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.

The major hospitals in Georgia do most of the hiring of LPNs, RNs, and APRNs, and thus offer the best starting point for job openings after graduation. Some of the largest hospitals in Georgia include Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, University Hospital in Augusta, Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, and St. Joseph’s-Candler in Savannah.

To make choosing a nursing program just a little bit easier, we’ve included below a full list of Georgia's public colleges and universities with nursing programs.

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Atlanta

Atlanta Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Chattahoochee Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clayton State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Georgia State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Gordon State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Gwinnett Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kennesaw State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Perimeter College at Georgia State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southern Crescent Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of West Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Education in Nursing Education
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Atlanta Technical College Atlanta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Chattahoochee Technical College Marietta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clayton State University Morrow
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Georgia State University Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Gordon State College Barnesville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kennesaw State University Kennesaw
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Perimeter College at Georgia State University Decatur
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of West Georgia Carrollton
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Education in Nursing Education
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Georgia Technical College Waco
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Augusta

Augusta Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Augusta University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nursing Anesthesia
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Anesthesia
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Augusta Technical College Augusta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Augusta University Augusta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nursing Anesthesia
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Anesthesia
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Columbus

Columbus State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Columbus Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Columbus State University Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Columbus Technical College Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Savannah

Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Savannah Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus Savannah
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Savannah Technical College Savannah
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Georgia cities

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College - Bainbridge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Albany State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Albany Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Athens Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Coastal Pines Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of Coastal Georgia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Dalton State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia Highlands College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Georgia Southern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lanier Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Middle Georgia State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
North Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ogeechee Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Georgia State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Georgia Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southeastern Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern Regional Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of North Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Gerontology Minor or Certificate
  • Master of Science: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science: Nursing Education
  • Nurse Executive Leader Certificate
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Valdosta State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tifton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College - Bainbridge Bainbridge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Albany State University Albany
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Albany Technical College Albany
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Athens Technical College Athens
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Georgia Technical College Macon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Coastal Pines Technical College Waycross
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Dalton State College Dalton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia College Milledgeville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia Highlands College Rome
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Georgia Southern University Statesboro
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia Southwestern State University Americus
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lanier Technical College Oakwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Middle Georgia State University Macon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
North Georgia Technical College Clarkesville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Oconee Fall Line Technical College Sandersville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Georgia State College Douglas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Georgia Technical College Americus
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southeastern Technical College Vidalia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern Regional Technical College Thomasville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of North Georgia Dahlonega
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Gerontology Minor or Certificate
  • Master of Science: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science: Nursing Education
  • Nurse Executive Leader Certificate
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Valdosta State University Valdosta
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate