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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in Georgia

Around 3.2% of Georgia's graduates graduate from nursing degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 7,857 nurses graduate from Georgia's 64 nursing schools.

Top Schools

Emory University, which was ranked 14th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Georgia that has a nursing program. It is located in Atlanta. 186 students graduated with a degree in nursing from Emory University in 2010. Emory University charged in-state students $39,158 in tuition fees per year.

Georgia State University, which was ranked 32nd nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Georgia that has a nursing program. It is located in Atlanta. In 2010, 160 students graduated from Georgia State University nursing program. The tuition rate at Georgia State University was $8,698 per year.

The third-ranked school in Georgia with a nursing program is Mercer University, which is located in Macon. In 2010, it was ranked 34th nationwide. In 2010, 145 students graduated from Mercer University nursing program. Tuition at Mercer University was $30,560 per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Georgia's nursing schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $5,900 per year, though tuition can range from $39,158 per year to $1,863 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Georgia nursing schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Emory University - located in Atlanta, students are charged $39,158 per year
  2. Mercer University - located in Macon, students are charged $30,560 per year
  3. Berry College - located in Mount Berry, students are charged $24,620 per year

The nursing schools in Georgia that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Athens Technical College - located in Athens, students are charged $1,863 per year
  2. Central Georgia Technical College - located in Macon, students are charged $1,863 per year
  3. Georgia Highlands College - located in Rome, students are charged $2,237 per year

A nursing degree from a Georgia school... what next?

Many Georgia nursing graduates become a licensed practical nurse, family nurse practitioner, critical care clinical nurse specialist, and patient care assistant. Georgia had 139,470 nurses in 2010. 65,390 of these nurses were registered nurses, 24,690 were licensed practical nurses, and 1,740 were family nurse practitioners. The following counties have the largest number of Georgia nurses:

  1. Barrow County - 67,700 nurses
  2. Burke County - 11,870 nurses
  3. Appling County - 8,850 nurses

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of nurses is expected to grow by 21% by 2018. There are projected to be 186,370 nurses working in Georgia then. Of these 186,370 nurses, the government predicts that 90,440 will be registered nurses, 31,410 will be licensed practical nurses, and 2,020 will be family nurse practitioners.


nurses in Georgia make an average of $60,684 per year. In 2010, however, some Georgia nurse earned as little as less than $15,490 per year or as much as more than $144,720 per year. On average nurse earn the most in the following Georgia counties:

  1. Barrow County - $63,032 per year
  2. Burke County - $52,430 per year
  3. Hall County - $52,368 per year

The following counties in Georgia have the lowest average salaries for nurse:

  1. Houston County - $40,633 per year
  2. Brooks County - $41,830 per year
  3. Baldwin County - $43,913 per year

The nurses with highest average salaries in Georgia were:

  1. Family Nurse Practitioner - $98,580 per year
  2. Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist - $85,570 per year
  3. Registered Nurse - $61,670 per year

The nurses with lowest average salaries in Georgia were:

  1. Licensed Practical Nurse - $35,950 per year
  2. Patient Care Assistant - $21,650 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Georgia statistics regarding a career in nursing. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as nurse assisting or LPN.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing in Georgia
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in Georgia
  • Master's Degree in Nursing in Georgia
  • Doctoral Degree in Nursing in Georgia
  • Certificate in Nursing in Georgia

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Registered Nurses 65,390 $61,670 9.5%
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 36,390 $21,650 -4.0%
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 24,690 $35,950 5.0%
Medical and Health Services Managers 11,260 $85,570 68.8%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 1,740 $98,580

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