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Augusta’s prospective nurses can pursue one of several different roles. The three most important roles in the city’s nursing profession are certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN). Each role requires a distinct educational pathway, and all are available at a number of educational institutions throughout Augusta.

A CNA performs direct patient care tasks, including helping sick and elderly patients to eat, bathe, and use the restroom. CNAs must complete a brief certificate program offered at over 25 schools in Georgia, including Augusta Technical College. An LPN assumes more independent healthcare responsibility and thus requires lengthier education. LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination.

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An RN is the most senior of the three nursing roles. Registered nurses independently direct many aspects of patient care, and they often manage LPNs and CNAs. RNs must complete one of three prelicensure programs: a two-year associate's degree, four-year bachelor's degree, or direct-entry master's degree. They must also pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination.

RNs study the longest of all nurses, and they are also the highest-paid. The annual median salary of Augusta’s RNs is $64,680, compared to annual pay of $37,240 for the city’s LPNs and $21,870 for local CNAs.

Augusta’s growing healthcare industry has a number of active nursing employers. University Health Care System, East Central Regional Hospital, and the Department of Veterans Affairs are three of the city’s most prominent healthcare providers.

Read below to learn more about the nursing education options in Augusta, Georgia. We’ve profiled each of the city’s accredited nursing schools and programs.

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Augusta nursing schools by NCLEX score

Augusta Technical College
3200 Augusta Tech Drive | Augusta, Georgia 30906
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Augusta University
1120 15th Street | Augusta, Georgia 30912
  • Direct Entry MSN: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • DNP: Nursing Anesthesia
  • 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 Program NCLEX score Time period
Augusta Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.8% 2009 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2013 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Augusta University Direct Entry MSN 90.0% 2008 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.4% 2008 to 2017
DNP: Nursing Anesthesia
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