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Registered nurses (RNs) play a vital role in the healthcare system. They create individualized care plans for patients, support and advise patients and their family members, and manage a team of other nurses and healthcare workers. For aspiring RNs, there are several distinct educational options to consider.

In Georgia, there are three types of pre-licensure programs for RNs: 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). These programs are all widely available throughout the state. For example, associate's degree programs are available at ~25 colleges in Georgia, while bachelor’s degree candidates can consider a variety of options including large state schools like Georgia State University. Master’s degree programs enable students to choose from several areas of concentration, like nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, and nurse practitioner, to help them specialize further in their careers.

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There are numerous career opportunities for registered nurses in Georgia, with large nursing employers like Kaiser Permanente and Gwinnett Medical Center. RNs in Georgia can expect to earn over $52,000 per year, with some RNs earning as much as $69,000 to $74,000. Salary depends both upon experience and location, since some regions have higher wages as well as higher costs of living.

For aspiring registered nurses, we’ve compiled the below list of the top registered nursing programs in Georgia.

Featured Schools

Atlanta

Chattahoochee Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Gwinnett Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2011)
Georgia Perimeter College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Gordon State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Georgia State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Clayton State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Kennesaw State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Emory University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Direct Entry MSN
University of West Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
West Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Atlanta Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bauder College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Herzing University - Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Chattahoochee Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 100.0% 2011 to 2012
Gwinnett Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.6% 2011 to 2011
Georgia Perimeter College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.2% 2008 to 2012
Gordon State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.2% 2008 to 2012
Georgia State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.0% 2008 to 2012
Clayton State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2012
Kennesaw State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2012
Emory University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.4% 2008 to 2012
Direct Entry MSN
University of West Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.1% 2008 to 2017
West Georgia Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.0% 2008 to 2012
Atlanta Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bauder College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Atlanta
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Herzing University - Atlanta
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Augusta

Augusta University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Direct Entry MSN: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2011)
Augusta Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Augusta University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.8% 2008 to 2012
Direct Entry MSN 89.3% 2008 to 2011
Augusta Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Columbus

Columbus State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Columbus Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Columbus State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2012
Columbus Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2008 to 2012

Savannah

Armstrong State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Armstrong State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.0% 2008 to 2012

Other Georgia cities

LaGrange College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Athens Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Georgia College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mercer University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Middle Georgia State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Piedmont College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bainbridge College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
College of Coastal Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southern Regional Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Albany State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of North Georgia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Georgia Highlands College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Georgia Southern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Dalton State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2011)
South Georgia State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Valdosta State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Shorter University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Brenau University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Albany Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Berry College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
North Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southeastern Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Truett McConnell College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Wesleyan College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
LaGrange College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 100.0% 2009 to 2012
Athens Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.6% 2008 to 2012
Georgia College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.6% 2008 to 2012
Mercer University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.6% 2008 to 2012
Middle Georgia State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.5% 2011 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.4% 2008 to 2012
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.1% 2008 to 2012
Piedmont College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.3% 2008 to 2017
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.9% 2008 to 2012
Georgia Southwestern State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.9% 2008 to 2012
Bainbridge College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.6% 2008 to 2012
College of Coastal Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.6% 2011 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2008 to 2012
Southern Regional Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.3% 2008 to 2012
Albany State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.1% 2008 to 2012
University of North Georgia
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
Georgia Highlands College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.6% 2008 to 2012
Georgia Southern University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2012
Dalton State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.6% 2008 to 2011
South Georgia State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.9% 2008 to 2012
Valdosta State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.7% 2008 to 2012
Shorter University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.6% 2012 to 2012
Brenau University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.6% 2008 to 2012
Albany Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Berry College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
North Georgia Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southeastern Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Truett McConnell College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Wesleyan College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing