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Savannah has three critical nursing roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN). While all nurses provide bedside care, CNAs specialize in these quality-of-life tasks, like helping sick and elderly patients to bathe and eat. LPNs enjoy a broader range of direct medical responsibilities, including measuring and recording vital signs, dressing wounds, and preparing injections. RNs often supervise more junior nursing professionals. They are also responsible for the overall care of patients and frequently advise patients and their family members.

One can become a CNA by completing a brief certificate program which typically spans just eight to ten weeks. Prelicensure certificate programs for LPNs run much longer, usually requiring 12 to 18 months of study. LPN graduates must also pass the NCLEX-PN national exam. Aspiring RNs have several pathways from which to choose, including a two-year associate's degree in nursing (ADN), a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), and a direct-entry master of science in nursing (MSN). Regardless of pathway, RN graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN national exam before practicing.

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Savannah’s nursing professionals can be optimistic about job prospects, with numerous local employers like Aetna and Memorial Health seeking a range of nursing professionals. Nurses with more extensive education earn higher pay. For example, Savannah’s CNAs earn $22,000 per year on average, while its LPNs receive about $38,000 annually. Registered nurses earn the most of the three roles, taking home $59,000 on average in a year.

To help Savannah’s aspiring nurses make an informed decision, we have compiled below a thorough list of accredited nursing schools and programs throughout the city.

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Savannah nursing schools by NCLEX score

Savannah Technical College
5717 White Bluff Road | Savannah, Georgia 31405
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus
11935 Abercorn Street | Savannah, Georgia 31419
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - Savannah
709 Mall Boulevard | Savannah, Georgia 31406
  • 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 Program NCLEX score Time period
Savannah Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.4% 2009 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.1% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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