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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.

Atlanta

Chattahoochee Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Gwinnett Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2011)
Georgia Perimeter College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Gordon State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Georgia State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Clayton State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Kennesaw State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Emory University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of West Georgia
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
West Georgia Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Atlanta Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Bauder College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Atlanta
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Herzing University - Atlanta
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Augusta

Georgia Regents University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Master's in Registered Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2011)
Augusta Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Columbus

Columbus State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Columbus Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)

Savannah

Armstrong Atlantic State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)

Other Georgia cities

LaGrange College
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Piedmont College
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 98.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Athens Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 98.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Georgia College & State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Georgia Baptist College of Mercer University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Middle Georgia State College
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Georgia Southwestern State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bainbridge College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
College of Coastal Georgia
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southwest Georgia Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Albany State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of North Georgia
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Georgia Highlands College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Georgia Southern University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Dalton State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2011)
South Georgia State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Valdosta State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Darton State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Shorter University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Brenau University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Wesleyan College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Southeastern Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Truett McConnell College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Albany Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Berry College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
North Georgia Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
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