Atlanta RN Programs - Georgia

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RN Programs in Atlanta, Georgia

RN programs in Atlanta are available both online and at colleges and universities around the city. They range from associate's degree to baccalaureate degree programs.

ADN vs. BSN Degrees

Though one does not need more than an associate's degree to practice as a registered nurse, there are nursing programs offered at the associate's and bachelor's levels. For a full-time student, an ADN takes an average of two years and a BSN takes an average of four years.

The benefit to earning an ADN, the minimum degree that allows one to become an RN, is that students can finish school faster. Often these programs are less costly than a baccalaureate program.

While earning a BSN takes longer and is potentially more costly, there are benefits to having a higher level of education. Nurses with a bachelor's degree are often more qualified for promotions and have a higher earning potential as a result. Also, those who wish to earn a master's or doctoral level degree later are closer to doing so than those who have an ADN.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

RN programs in Atlanta can be found, not only at schools around the city, but also online. The benefit of the more traditional format is that it allows students to interact in a classroom setting with professors and other students. The main benefit to online courses is that they can be accessed 24/7 from a computer, providing greater flexibility to those who have trouble attending classes on campus at scheduled times.

Once a student has finished an RN program, he or she must pass the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and apply for an RN license.

Registered Nurse Degree Info

Which schools offer Atlanta RN Programs?

RN Programs (both campus-based & online RN Programs) are medical training programs offered by universities, vocational or technical schools, and community or junior colleges. Some hospitals even offer registered nursing training as an RN diploma.

How do I become an licensed RN?

Each state sets its own RN requirements. In order to earn your RN license, you must pass the NCLEX® examination. The NCLEX® is a comprehensive nursing exam that can only be taken by graduates of a nursing program approved by your state's board of nursing.

Do I need to complete an LPN program before I go to college to get an RN Degree?

No you don't need to complete LPN training before you can get your RN license. An accredited RN Associate Degree program takes 2 years. You can earn your RN Diploma in 3 years. (BSN - 4 years, RN to BSN can be 2-3 years)

Free Nursing School in Atlanta?

The education necessary to become an RN is valuable, and registered nurses make really good money in Georgia. However, students can lower the cost of RN school with financial aid. There are numerous grants and nursing school scholarships in Georgia. They might not make your RN degree free but it can at least be more affordable.

Contact one of the accredited nursing schools listed here to get information about the financial aid you qualify for. Find out more about online nursing schools in Georgia.

RN Job Description

Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members. RNs record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

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Georgia State Board of Licensed Practical Nurses
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
Phone: (478) 207-1640
Fax: (478) 207-1633

Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
Phone: (478) 207-1640
Fax: (478) 207-1660

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Other Atlanta Nursing Schools w/ RN Training

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341
Nell H Woodruff - Emory University
1520 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Georgia State University
33 Gilmer St SE # 200
Atlanta, GA 30303
Georgia Health Sciences University
1120 15th Street
Atlanta, GA 30912

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