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Georgia Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide provides you with important information on both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in Georgia. The colleges and universities in Georgia allow students to concentrate in a variety of areas, including nursing education, family nursing practice, and adult gerontology nursing practice. If you need a more flexible and convenient alternative to earn a nursing degree, you may want to consider an online program. Many online universities now offer bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing.

Schools with Nursing Programs

  • 28 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 31 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 18 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • 7 schools ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2017 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs: Augusta University (#151, MSN; #105, DNP), Clayton State University (#194, MSN; DNP not ranked), Emory University (#4, MSN; DNP not ranked), Georgia College & State University (#131, MSN; DNP not ranked), Georgia Southern University (MSN not ranked; #113, DNP), Georgia State University (#112, MSN; #131, DNP), Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University (#97, MSN; #101, DNP).

Institutional Facts for Schools with Nursing Programs

  • Highest graduation rate: Emory University 89%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Andrew College 54%.1
  • Highest net price: Emory University $25,928.1
  • Lowest net price: Oconee Fall Line Technical College $636.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Georgia with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $3,603 – $28,2032

Continue reading to find out more about the numerous undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered at Georgia’s colleges and universities.

Schools in Georgia with Nursing Degrees

Associate’s in Nursing Programs

Chattahoochee Technical College
Chattahoochee Technical College awards an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) that requires 67 credit hours to earn. The degree can be pursued under a traditional option or an LPN-ASN Bridge option for those who are currently licensed practical nurses. After completing the college’s general education requirements, students typically complete the requisite occupational nursing courses in four semesters with full-time study. The program emphasizes the application of classroom learning and theory to clinical experience. Graduates are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN exam and become registered nurses in the state of Georgia. The ASN program at Chattahoochee Tech is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.

West Georgia Technical College
The registered nursing program at West Georgia Technical College leads to the award of an associate’s degree and qualifies graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. The selection process for the program is competitive, with students admitted once per year. Courses in the program include Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Human Development, and Transitions to Professional Nursing. Including general education requirements, the degree requires 70 credit hours to complete. The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and holds accreditation from ACEN. West Georgia Technical college also offers a Practical Nursing Diploma, credits from which may transfer to the ADN program.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs

Georgia Southwestern State University
Georgia Southwestern State University features a four-year, 122 credit undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Sixty credits are focused on core college requirements in science, history, math, and English while 62 credits are dedicated to the nursing major. Nursing students will take courses encompassing clinical therapeutics, health assessment, pharmacology, community health nursing, and psychiatric nursing. A practicum is mandatory. Students are encouraged to join on campus and professional organizations including the Georgia Southwestern Association of Nursing Students, the Georgia Nurses Association, and the Mi Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nursing students. Short-term study abroad opportunities are also available through the School of Nursing.

Georgia State University
Georgia State University’s traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program generally takes three years to complete once students have fulfilled all prerequisites and other college requirements. Nursing majors must complete 10 prerequisite courses before being admitted to the nursing major. Pre-requisites include English composition, math, and biology courses. Students must maintain a minimum 3.30 GPA in the prerequisites to be considered for the nursing program. All applicants are also required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) to be considered for admission. In addition to the traditional nursing BSN program, the nursing department features an accelerated (ACE) bachelor’s program and a one year RN to BSN program.

Truett-McConnell College
Truett-McConnell College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program that emphasizes competent nursing practice through skills development. Students complete two years of the college’s core curriculum before entering junior level nursing courses. Multiple clinical course rotations are included in the program curriculum in Care of Families, Mental Health, Long Term Health Care, Community Health, and the Critically Ill. Students also complete an international or domestic spring break Mission trip during the junior year as part of the program. Graduates are prepared to pass the NCLEX and work in a variety of health care settings. The BSN program at Truett-McConnell College holds approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing and is seeking national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Master’s in Nursing Programs

Emory University
Emory University offers multiple Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs through the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. MSN specialties include, but are not limited to, Pediatrics, Emergency, Family, Health Leadership, and Women’s Health nursing. The curriculum for all MSN specialties is organized around the four components of a theoretical core, clinical/functional core, specialty courses, and electives. Graduate nursing students may join the Graduate Nursing Council to provide program feedback and participate in networking opportunities and a wide variety of social events. Graduates of the MSN program at Emory are prepared to apply for the Nurse Practitioner and/or Certified Nurse Midwife certification exams appropriate to their chosen specialty. Following graduation from the master’s program, graduates may be interested in post-master’s study in the highly individualized certificate program or in the school’s doctoral programs. Emory University’s MSN program is ranked #21 for Best Graduate Schools in Nursing by U.S. News & World Report.

Mercer University
Mercer University’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing awards the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in three concentrations: family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, and nursing education. Students pursuing the family nurse practitioner concentration must complete 49 credits while those in the clinical nurse specialist and nursing education tracks take 38 credits to fulfill degree requirements. Regardless of the concentration, all graduate students will complete 23 credits in such core courses as nursing theory and knowledge development, health care policy issues, and advanced pharmacology. A capstone project is mandatory. The program allows for both part-time and full-time study.

University of West Georgia
Graduate students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at the University of West Georgia may choose from two concentrations: the health systems leadership track and the nursing education track. The health systems leadership track offers specializations in leader or manager role and clinical nurse leader role while the nursing education track focuses solely on nursing education. Each track requires 36 credits to fulfill degree requirements and students generally pursue the MSN on a full-time basis, allowing for completion in four semesters. Part-time study is permitted. Successful applicants must have a current registered nurse’s license and possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in Georgia

The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit Georgia nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the Georgia Board of Nursing (http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/45).

School ADN or LVN Program BSN Program Graduate Nursing Program ACEN/CCNE Accredited* NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate** Number Taking NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate*** Number Taking Net Price****
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 90% 100 $8,069
Albany State University Yes Yes Yes ACEN N/A N/A N/A 71.43% 7 $11,998
Albany Technical College Yes No No ACEN 93.75% 16 N/A N/A $1,014
Andrew College Yes No No No N/A N/A N/A N/A $24,702
Armstrong State University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 78.77% 179 $18,633
Athens Technical College Yes No No ACEN 93.75% 16 87.76% 49 $6,446
Atlanta Technical College Yes No No No N/A N/A 53.85% 13 $2,948
Augusta Technical College Yes No No ACEN 100% 37 95% 20 $8,525
Augusta University (BSN) No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 84.78% 184 $12,157
Augusta University (MSN) No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 86.60% 97 $12,157
Bainbridge State College Yes No No ACEN 93.33% 30 93.94% 33 $2,975
Berry College No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A 92.86% 28 $23,404
Brenau University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 87.18% 78 $20,011
Central Georgia Technical College Yes No No No 82.29% 96 N/A N/A $2,756
Chamberlain College No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A 83.51% 188 N/A
Chattahoochee Technical College Yes No No ACEN 97.3% 37 100% 22 $2,894
Clayton State University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 87.36% 87 $10,862
Coastal Pines Technical College Yes No No No 86.3% 73 N/A N/A $10,087
College of Coastal Georgia (ASN) Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 100% 29 $11,903
College of Coastal Georgia (BSN) Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 100% 38 $11,903
Columbus State University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 89.86% 69 $10,946
Columbus Technical College Yes No No ACEN 88.89% 18 97.06% 34 $7,045
Dalton State College Yes Yes No ACEN 95.55% 29 78.57% 56 $5,957
Emory University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 91.38% 174 $25,928
Georgia Baptist College at Mercer University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 90.76% 119 $20,301
Georgia College and State University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 95.56% 90 $17,609
Georgia Gwinnett College No Yes No No N/A N/A 83.33% 24 $12,264
Georgia Highlands College Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 88.64% 88 $6,683
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Yes No No ACEN 74.36% 78 64.29% 42 $3,841
Georgia Perimeter College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A N/A N/A $6,285
Georgia Piedmont Technical College Yes No No No 94.44% 36 N/A N/A $7,695
Georgia Southern University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 75.56% 90 $16,445
Georgia Southwestern State University No Yes Yes ACEN/CCNE N/A N/A 88.68% 53 $12,133
Georgia State University (BSN) Yes Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 85.50% 131 $14,134
Georgia State University (ASN) Yes Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 90.44% 136 $14,134
Gordon State College Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 93.65% 63 $10,500
Gwinnett Technical College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 98.41% 63 $8,015
Kennesaw State University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 95.16% 186 $17,493
LaGrange College No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 88.24% 34 $20,438
Lanier Technical College Yes No No No 100% 21 N/A N/A $5,744
Middle Georgia State University (ASN) Yes Yes Yes ACEN N/A N/A 92% 50 $9,313
Middle Georgia State University (BSN) Yes Yes Yes ACEN N/A N/A 91.67% 72 $9,313
North Georgia Technical College Yes No No No 100% 18 89.29% 28 $6,522
Oconee Fall Line Technical College Yes No No No 94.74% 38 N/A N/A $636
Ogeechee Technical College Yes No No No 94.12% 17 N/A N/A $5,821
Piedmont College No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 89.66% 58 $16,935
Reinhardt University No Yes No No N/A N/A N/A N/A $19,653
Savannah Technical College Yes No No No 93.74% 33 N/A N/A $4,523
Shorter University No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A 69.7% 33 $17,029
Southeastern Technical College Yes No No No 100% 34 96.15% 26 $4,167
Southern Crescent Technical College Yes No No No 89.36% 47 84.85% 66 $8,373
Southern Regional Technical College Yes No No ACEN 90.9% 44 N/A N/A $2,323
South Georgia State College Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 81.25% 64 $8,365
South Georgia Technical College Yes No No No 79.19% 42 N/A N/A $6,130
Thomas University No Yes Yes ACEN N/A N/A N/A N/A $16,521
Toccoa Falls College No Yes No No N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Truett-McConnell University No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A 37.5% 16 $17,725
University of North Georgia Yes Yes Yes ACEN N/A N/A 77.68% 112 $10,299
University of West Georgia No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 91.35% 104 $14,565
Valdosta State University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 83.1% 71 $13,148
Wesleyan College No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A 91.3% 23 $15,460
West Georgia Technical College Yes No No ACEN 88.64% 44 61.90% 63 $4,165
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Yes No No No 79.71% 69 100% 19 $2,353

*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.4,5
**NCLEX-PN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).

Reviews of Georgia Nursing Programs

Augusta University
1120 15th St
Augusta, GA 30912
(706) 721-0211
http://www.augusta.edu/

As a previous graduate of an LPN program and a nurse with several years of experience before starting this program at Georgia Regents University [now Augusta University], I was appalled at both the lack of organization in the program and the lack of care for the students. Professors left halfway through the semester. Students were instructed to purchase the wrong textbooks, and even though we couldn’t return them, they made us purchase the correct one as well instead of working with the one they told us to buy the first time. The program consisted of almost 200 students, so it felt like I was lost in a crowd. Neither students nor instructors seemed to ever know where we were supposed to be or when. The student to faculty ratio was so poor that I have no confidence that every student got the proper attention they needed. Overall, it was a terrible experience and a terrible program, and I advise anyone looking at this school to run quickly in the other direction.” – Student at Augusta University (formerly Georgia Regents University)
stars-2

Georgia Southern University
1332 Southern Dr
Statesboro, GA 30458
(912) 478-4636
http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/

The nursing program at Georgia Southern University was fantastic. The courses were very challenging but all in all, I think these are definitely chocked full of the important information I need to be successful in the field. I really enjoyed ALL of my teachers so far, which is amazing in itself. How often do you hear of students actually enjoying their teachers but I definitely did. They were very approachable, the office hours were reasonable and they were never too busy for a serious question. This is a wonderful school to go if you want to become a nurse, the program also had a lot of fun activities for us to do as well as volunteer work to get more hands on in the field. I enjoyed my volunteer work at the campus health clinic. I enjoyed my time at the university very much.” – Student at Georgia Southern University
stars-5

Truett-McConnell College
100 Alumni Dr
Cleveland, GA 30528
(706) 865-2134
https://truett.edu/

The nursing program at Truett-McConnell College is fantastic. Our professors care about our learning and our needs. They allow us to strive to be our best and are lenient when we need it. The program featured clinical at a local hospital which allowed the students in the nursing program to gather first-hand experience. One aspect I would say could be improved would be the layout of the program. The program put two classes together into one semester where they should have been spread out through an entire school year. Because of this, I feel that I haven’t learned everything I should be learning and that I have a lot of makeup work I need to do to ensure I am prepared to be in the field. Overall, the program is fantastic, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a small program with professors who care about your individual learning needs.” – Student at Truett-McConnell College
stars-4

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
3. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=GA&major=nursing&sort=best
4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
5. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs
6. Georgia Board of Nursing: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/45