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The roles in the nursing sector can be broadly grouped into four categories. The individuals in each category are crucial, and they work together to ensure that the many nursing tasks and responsibilities are completed as smoothly as possible.

The most junior nursing role is that of the certified nursing assistant (CNA). In Atlanta, one can become a CNA by completing an eight- to ten-week certificate program and passing the Pearson Vue-administered CNA Examination.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN) is a slightly most senior nursing role. Becoming an LPN requires more study than a CNA, since the role entails more supervisory responsibility. Aspiring LPNs in Georgia must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NLCEX-PN) to gain licensure.

A third nursing role is that of the registered nurse (RN). RNs independently administer healthcare activities, and they also supervise teams of CNAs and LPNs. There are three educational pathways for Georgia’s aspiring RNs; an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) are the two most common paths. Potential RNs must also pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) after their studies to gain licensure.

The advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) is a highly specialized nursing role. Popular examples of APRN roles are nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist. APRNs typically hold a master’s degree in their chosen field of specialization. Like other nursing roles, APRNs must also gain licensure through a state-administered examination.

Atlanta’s nursing professionals will find a wealth of active local hirers, including Northside Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Nursing wages increase substantially with education. For example, Atlanta’s CNAs receive a median annual salary of $22,400, while LPNs earn $39,400 and RNs earn $65,250 per year on average. APRNs can see annual pay of $85,000-115,000 depending upon specialization.

If you are interested in exploring career options in Atlanta’s nursing sector, feel free to read on. We’ve compiled below a complete list of the city’s accredited nursing schools and programs.

Featured Schools

Atlanta nursing schools by NCLEX score

Chattahoochee Technical College
980 South Cobb Drive SE | Marietta, Georgia 30060
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 North Indian Creek Drive | Clarkston, Georgia 30021
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern Crescent Technical College
501 Varsity Road | Griffin, Georgia 30223
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Gwinnett Technical College
5150 Sugarloaf Parkway | Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2011)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Georgia Perimeter College
3251 Panthersville Road | Decatur, Georgia 30034
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Atlanta Technical College
1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW | Atlanta, Georgia 30310
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Gordon State College
419 College Drive | Barnesville, Georgia 30204
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Georgia State University
33 Gilmer Street | Atlanta, Georgia 30303
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • 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
Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Boulevard | Morrow, Georgia 30260
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road | Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Science
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Emory University
201 Dowman Drive | Atlanta, Georgia 30322
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street | Carrollton, Georgia 30118
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Doctor of Education in Nursing Education
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Georgia Technical College
176 Murphy Campus Boulevard | Waco, Georgia 30182
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Bauder College
384 Northyards Boulevard, Suite 190 | Atlanta, Georgia 30313
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Atlanta
5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Suite A100 | Atlanta, Georgia 30342
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Everest Institute - Jonesboro
6431 Tara Boulevard | Jonesboro, Georgia 30236
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Fortis College
2108 Cobb Parkway | Smyrna, Georgia 30080
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Herzing University - Atlanta
3393 Peachtree Road NE | Atlanta, Georgia 30326
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Omnitech Institute
1728 Montreal Circle | Tucker, Georgia 30084
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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