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How to Become a Nurse in Georgia, GA

Aspiring Georgia nurses must complete three definitive steps along the road to becoming a nurse: prerequisites, training, and certification.

Although some Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs in Georgia do not require prerequisites, the vast majority of nursing students in the state will take either a two-year Associate Degree, Nursing (ADN) or a four year Bachelor Degree, Nursing (BSN), both of which require a handful of undergraduate college courses before applying and lead to licensure as a Registered Nurse. This usually means 3-6 months of study focused upon both basic sciences like biology, chemistry and math, and introductory communications courses like English and psychology. Grades in prerequisites are an integral part of the application process—many nursing education programs are competitive, and require good grades to get in.

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Once accepted into a Georgia nursing education program, the training varies by degree. However, you can count on the first year focusing heavily on basic patient care and nursing practice skills, with the second year moving towards broader issues in nurse management, research, and theory. If you are enrolled in a four year BSN, there will be ample opportunity to pursue specialized topics in nursing like community health and radiology, and learn advanced theory, research, and management skills.

The last step to becoming a nurse Georgia is to take the nationally-standardized NCLEX exam (there are both LPN and RN versions), which sees pass rates between 85-90 percent. Rest assured that if you are dedicated to your studies, you should pass the test and begin practicing as a licensed nurse in Georgia.

Detailed Information about Georgia Nursing

For detailed information in all levels of Georgia nursing including specific procedures to become a nurse, jobs, wages and more, visit our Georgia nursing page.