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Nursing is arranged in a hierarchy according to education and responsibility, just like many other professions.

The first level in the nursing hierarchy is the certified nursing assistant (CNA). CNAs provide basic quality-of-life care for patients. CNAs need a high school diploma / GED and a brief course of post-secondary training, after which they are required to pass a certification examination. CNAs in Georgia can expect an average salary of $21,910 per year.

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The second level is the licensed practical nurse (LPN). LPNs provide basic patient care under the direction of a physician or registered nurse. LPNs typically earn a one-year certificate and must pass the NCLEX-PN exam to obtain their title. An LPN in Georgia can expect an average annual salary of around $37,330.

The third level is the registered nurse (RN). RNs have a greater scope of responsibility than LPNs and consequently require more education. RNs must earn at least a hospital diploma or associate's degree, and many hold a four-year BSN degree. RNs must pass the NCLEX-RN exam to obtain their title. An RN in Georgia can expect an average annual salary of around $61,630.

The fourth level is the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). APRNs function more independently than RNs and often provide primary care. APRNs can further specialize in fields such as obstetrics, anesthesia, family health, and geriatrics. An APRN must earn a master’s degree, requiring 2-3 years of education beyond the traditional BSN. APRNs in Georgia can expect an average annual salary of around $88,840; some specialties (anesthesia) earn salaries in excess of $130,000 per year.

To help you get started in your nursing career, we’ve provided a list of accredited Georgia nursing schools below.

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Atlanta

Atlanta Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
Emory University
  • Accelerated BSN + MSN
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • 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
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
Herzing University - Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kennesaw State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Science
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Omnitech Institute
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Perimeter College at Georgia State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Reinhardt University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South College - Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science 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
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Atlanta Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
Emory University Atlanta
  • Accelerated BSN + MSN
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • 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
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
Herzing University - Atlanta Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kennesaw State University Kennesaw
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Science
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Omnitech Institute Tucker
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Perimeter College at Georgia State University Decatur
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Reinhardt University Waleska
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South College - Atlanta Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science 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
South University - Savannah
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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
South University - Savannah Savannah
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

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
Andrew College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Athens Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Berry College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Brenau University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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
LaGrange College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lake Lanier School of Massage
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lanier Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mercer University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
Piedmont College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Shorter University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
Thomas University
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Toccoa Falls College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Truett McConnell University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
Wesleyan College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
Andrew College Cuthbert
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Athens Technical College Athens
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Berry College Mount Berry
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Brenau University Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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
LaGrange College Lagrange
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lake Lanier School of Massage Gainsville
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lanier Technical College Oakwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mercer University Macon
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
Piedmont College Demorest
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Shorter University Rome
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
Thomas University Thomasville
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Toccoa Falls College Toccoa Falls
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Truett McConnell University Cleveland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
Wesleyan College Macon
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate