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Vocational, career, and community colleges are a viable choice for students seeking a headstart in the nursing field without spending years in the classroom. A community college typically costs less than a liberal arts college or private university, accommodates commuter and parttime students, and offers a range of associate’s degrees and certifications.

The nursing programs at community colleges typically last one year for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and two years for registered nurses (RNs). Credits can then be transferred to a four-year college or university where a bachelor’s degree (BSN) and even a master’s degree (MSN) can be earned. As with most professions, the more education a nurse receives, the greater his or her earnings potential will be. LPNs in Georgia earn an average of $37,330 dollars per year, while RNs earn an average of $61,630 per year. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), who typically hold a master's degree, earn $88,840 to $135,560 per year in Georgia depending on field of specialization.

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The top community colleges in Georgia include Atlanta Technical College, Augusta Technical College, Columbus Technical College, Savannah Technical College, and a wealth of similar schools throughout the state's technical college system.

Most of the hiring in Georgia is done by the major hospitals. These include Emory University Hospital and Shepherd Center in Atlanta, University Hospital in Augusta, and St. Joseph’s-Candler in Savannah.

To jumpstart your path to a nursing career, we've compiled below a complete list of Georgia's vocational, career, and community colleges that offer accredited nursing programs.

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Atlanta

Atlanta Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Chattahoochee Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Gwinnett Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Omnitech Institute
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Perimeter College at Georgia State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southern Crescent Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
West Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Atlanta Technical College Atlanta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Chattahoochee Technical College Marietta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Omnitech Institute Tucker
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Perimeter College at Georgia State University Decatur
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
West Georgia Technical College Waco
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Augusta

Augusta Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Augusta Technical College Augusta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Columbus

Columbus Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Columbus Technical College Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Savannah

Savannah Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Savannah Technical College Savannah
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Georgia cities

Albany Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Andrew College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Athens Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Coastal Pines Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Lanier School of Massage
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lanier Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ogeechee Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Georgia Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southeastern Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern Regional Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Albany Technical College Albany
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Andrew College Cuthbert
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Athens Technical College Athens
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Georgia Technical College Macon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Coastal Pines Technical College Waycross
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Lanier School of Massage Gainsville
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lanier Technical College Oakwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Georgia Technical College Clarkesville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Oconee Fall Line Technical College Sandersville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Georgia Technical College Americus
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southeastern Technical College Vidalia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern Regional Technical College Thomasville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate