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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.

Atlanta nursing schools by NCLEX score

Chattahoochee Technical College
980 South Cobb Drive SE | Marietta, Georgia 30060
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 North Indian Creek Drive | Clarkston, Georgia 30021
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 98.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Southern Crescent Technical College
501 Varsity Road | Griffin, Georgia 30223
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 97.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Gwinnett Technical College
5150 Sugarloaf Parkway | Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2011)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Georgia Perimeter College
3251 Panthersville Road | Decatur, Georgia 30034
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Atlanta Technical College
1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW | Atlanta, Georgia 30310
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Gordon State College
419 College Drive | Barnesville, Georgia 30204
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Georgia State University
33 Gilmer Street | Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Adult Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Research; Master's in Registered Nursing
Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Boulevard | Morrow, Georgia 30260
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road | Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science
Emory University
201 Dowman Drive | Atlanta, Georgia 30322
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Midwifery; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Master's in Pediatric Nursing; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing; Master's in Critical Care Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing; Master's in Emergency Room and Trauma Nursing; Master's in Geriatric Nursing; Master's in Women's Health Nursing
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street | Carrollton, Georgia 30118
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
West Georgia Technical College
176 Murphy Campus Boulevard | Waco, Georgia 30182
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Bauder College
384 Northyards Boulevard, Suite 190 | Atlanta, Georgia 30313
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Atlanta
5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Suite A100 | Atlanta, Georgia 30342
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Everest Institute - Jonesboro
6431 Tara Boulevard | Jonesboro, Georgia 30236
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Fortis College
2108 Cobb Parkway | Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Herzing University - Atlanta
3393 Peachtree Road NE | Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Omnitech Institute
1728 Montreal Circle | Tucker, Georgia 30084
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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