RN Programs in Georgia with Course Descriptions

Jul 20, 2019

Research registered nursing programs in Georgia, which currently has almost 51 schools offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, tuition info and program options for the 10 largest schools and decide which program is right for you.

Essential Information

In Georgia, students can choose from associate's or bachelor's degree programs that prepare them for licensure as registered nurses (RNs). Associate's degree programs combine general education courses with nursing fundamentals and can be completed in about two years. Bachelor's degree programs require around 120-130 credits and include clinical courses. To enroll in one of these programs, students may need to complete prerequisite courses, such as anatomy, statistics and chemistry.


Chattahoochee Technical College

Chattahoochee Technical College, in Marietta, Georgia, offers two nursing programs for registered nurses. The Associate of Science in Nursing degree program qualifies students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses. Current licensed practical nurses may qualify for the registered nursing examination by completing the LPN to ASN Bridge Option.

Columbus State University

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Columbus State University, in Columbus, Georgia, is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. Students must complete 123 hours in coursework to earn the degree. Courses in the program include anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pathophysiology, health assessment, nursing pharmacology and clinical nursing.

Emory University

The Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, bachelor's degree program in nursing qualifies graduates for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses. Students must apply to the School of Nursing after completing the first two years of the bachelor's degree. The prerequisite courses for the nursing program include chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, English composition and statistics.

Georgia Perimeter College

The Associate of Science in Nursing degree program at Georgia Perimeter College, in Decatur, Georgia, is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. The program qualifies graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses. General education courses in the program include microbiology, human anatomy and physiology, English composition, history and psychology. Students must complete nursing courses such as obstetric, mental health and pediatric nursing concepts.

Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro, Georgia, offers a bachelor's degree in nursing that meets the Georgia Board of Nursing requirements to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses. Students must complete 57 semester hours in the nursing major to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing that enter the bachelor's program are credited with 29 semester hours of nursing coursework.

Georgia State University

Graduates of the Georgia State University, in Atlanta, Georgia, bachelor's degree program in nursing are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses. Students must apply to enter the university and apply for the nursing school after the completion of prerequisite courses such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology and chemistry. Students may only apply to the School of Nursing twice.

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University, in Kennesaw, Georgia, offers a bachelor's degree in nursing that requires students to complete 123 credit hours in coursework and clinical practice. The program includes 43 credit hours in general education courses, 17 credit hours in lower division courses in the major and 57 credit hours in upper division courses in the nursing major. In addition, students must complete 3 credit hours in electives and a 3 credit hour fitness course. The bachelor's degree in nursing meets the requirements for a registered nursing license in the state of Georgia.

Mercer University

Mercer University, in Macon, Georgia, offers two tracks for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing. The pre-licensure track is for students preparing for a license as a registered nurse. The program qualifies students for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses. Registered nurses with an associate degree and an active license can complete the RN to BSN track to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing.

University of West Georgia

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the University of West Georgia, in Carrollton, Georgia, qualifies students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses and is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. Students must complete 127 semester hours in general education and nursing courses. Courses in the program include nursing concepts, English, humanities, health assessments and clinical practice.

Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University, in Valdosta, Georgia, offers a bachelor's degree in nursing that is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and meets the eligibility requirements for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses. The nursing program requires students to complete 120 semester hours in coursework. Courses in the program include anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, nursing care for women and health and well-being in older adults.

Career Requirements

The Georgia Board of Nursing requires aspiring registered nurses to complete an education program for registered nurses that is approved by the state board. Applicants must also pass the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs to obtain a license. Below is an overview of the 10 largest schools in the state that offer state-approved RN programs.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Registered Nursing Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)
Chattahoochee Technical College Two-year, public, large suburb Associate of Science in Nursing,
LPN to ASN Bridge Option
$2,816, in-state; $4,952, out-of-state*
Columbus State University Four-year, public, midsize city Bachelor of Science in Nursing $6,134, in-state; $16,920, out-of-state*
Emory University Four-year; private, non-profit; large suburb Bachelor of Science in Nursing $51,306*
Georgia Perimeter College Two-year, public, large suburb Associate of Science in Nursing $3,304, in-state; $9,501, out-of-state*
Georgia Southern University Four-year, public, town Bachelor of Science in Nursing $6,356, in-state; $17,142, out-of-state*
Georgia State University Four-year, public, large city Bachelor of Science in Nursing $9,112, in-state; $23,971, out-of-state*
Kennesaw State University Four-year, public, large suburb Bachelor of Science in Nursing $6,347, in-state; $17,329, out-of-state*
Mercer University Four-year; private, non-profit; midsize city Bachelor of Science in Nursing $36,894*
University of West Georgia Four-year, public, town Bachelor of Science in Nursing $6,288, in-state; $17,074, out-of-state*
Valdosta State University Four-year, public, small city Bachelor of Science in Nursing $6,410, in-state; $17,196, out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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