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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.

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Atlanta

Chattahoochee Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Gordon State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kennesaw State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Perimeter College at Georgia State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Gwinnett Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
Georgia State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
University of West Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Clayton State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Emory University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
West Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Atlanta Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 64.4% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
Herzing University - Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 52.2% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Reinhardt University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
South College - Atlanta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Southern Crescent Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Chattahoochee Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.9% 2011 to 2017
Gordon State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.6% 2008 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kennesaw State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.9% 2008 to 2017
Perimeter College at Georgia State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.7% 2008 to 2017
Gwinnett Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.6% 2011 to 2017
Georgia Gwinnett College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.8% 2016 to 2017
Georgia State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.1% 2008 to 2017
University of West Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.1% 2008 to 2017
Clayton State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.7% 2008 to 2017
Emory University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.1% 2008 to 2017
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Atlanta
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.4% 2014 to 2017
West Georgia Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.7% 2008 to 2017
Atlanta Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 64.4% 2014 to 2017
Herzing University - Atlanta
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 52.2% 2015 to 2017
Reinhardt University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
South College - Atlanta
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Southern Crescent Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Augusta

Augusta University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Augusta Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Augusta University
Direct Entry MSN 90.0% 2008 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.4% 2008 to 2017
Augusta Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2013 to 2017

Columbus

Columbus Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Columbus State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Columbus Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.2% 2008 to 2017
Columbus State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.4% 2008 to 2017

Savannah

Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.1% 2008 to 2017

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Southeastern Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.7% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Albany Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Georgia College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Athens Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Piedmont College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Mercer University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Middle Georgia State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
College of Coastal Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
LaGrange College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College - Bainbridge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2016)
Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
North Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Wesleyan College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Georgia Southern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Southern Regional Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Berry College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Georgia Highlands College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Albany State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2016)
South Georgia State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
University of North Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
Valdosta State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Dalton State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Brenau University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Shorter University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 68.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
Truett McConnell University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 52.9% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Andrew College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Central Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Coastal Pines Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lanier Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Toccoa Falls College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Southeastern Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.7% 2015 to 2017
Albany Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.3% 2014 to 2017
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.7% 2015 to 2017
Georgia College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.2% 2008 to 2017
Athens Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.5% 2008 to 2017
Piedmont College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.3% 2008 to 2017
Mercer University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.7% 2008 to 2017
Middle Georgia State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.1% 2008 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.4% 2011 to 2017
College of Coastal Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.6% 2011 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.9% 2008 to 2017
LaGrange College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.2% 2009 to 2017
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% 2008 to 2017
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College - Bainbridge
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.3% 2008 to 2016
Georgia Southwestern State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.3% 2008 to 2017
North Georgia Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.9% 2015 to 2017
Wesleyan College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.7% 2015 to 2017
Georgia Southern University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.8% 2008 to 2017
Southern Regional Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.8% 2008 to 2017
Berry College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.9% 2015 to 2017
Georgia Highlands College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.6% 2008 to 2017
Albany State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.6% 2008 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.6% 2008 to 2016
South Georgia State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.4% 2008 to 2017
University of North Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.2% 2014 to 2017
Valdosta State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.1% 2008 to 2017
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.3% 2008 to 2017
Dalton State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.1% 2008 to 2017
Brenau University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.5% 2008 to 2017
Shorter University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 68.0% 2012 to 2017
Truett McConnell University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 52.9% 2015 to 2017
Andrew College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Central Georgia Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Coastal Pines Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lanier Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Toccoa Falls College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing