Become a Nurse in Georgia - Licensure & Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Georgia Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/27/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Georgia
Nursing Licenses in Georgia Master's Required?
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNA) Yes
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Georgia Nursing Salaries

Georgia Nursing Salaries
GA Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell Annual Mean Wage Augusta-Richmond County Annual Mean Wage Savannah Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $41,690 $44,110 $41,920 $40,960
Registered Nurse $68,950 $73,190 $69,000 $61,930
Nurse Practitioner $106,750 $109,410 $102,850 $101,190
Nurse Anesthetist $151,070 $138,660 $183,000 Not Available
Nurse Midwife $109,640 $113,470 Not Available Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Georgia in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Georgia. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Georgia, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Georgia nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current.If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Georgia, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Georgia is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Georgia

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health - Prescriptive Authority for APRNs, advanced practice registered nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule III-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician.

Nurse Practitioner in Georgia

APRNs in Georgia include: certified nurse-midwife (CNM), nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric/mental health (CNM/PMH).

Education: Master’s degree or higher in nursing in a nurse practitioner specialty or graduate level post-master’s certificate in an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) specialty and advanced pharmacology, advanced physical assessment, and pathophysiology coursework.

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: National Certification in Specialty Area

Fees:

  • $75 Application Fee
  • Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Renewal: Renewal fee of $65 for registered nurses (RNs) and $65 for each advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) authorization. Nurse practitioner license renewals coincide with renewal of registered nurse renewals.

Additional Information: An active Georgia registered nurse license is required for application.

Learn more on how to become a nurse practitioner.

Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) in Georgia

Education: Master’s degree or higher in nursing with a concentration in nurse-midwifery and evidence of advanced pharmacology within the curriculum.

Examination: American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) Certification Exam

Certification Required: AMCB Certification

Fees:

  • $75 Application Fee
  • $500 for AMCB Examination

Renewal: Renewal fee of $65 for registered nurses (RNs) and $65 for each advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) authorization. Certified nurse-midwife licenses expire on January 31st of odd-numbered years.

Additional Information: An active Georgia registered nurse license is required for application.

Learn more on how to become a certified nurse midwife.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in Georgia

Education: Master’s degree or higher in nursing with a concentration in anesthesia and evidence of advanced pharmacology course.

Examination: National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) Certification Exam

Certification Required: NBCRNA Certification

Fees:

  • $75 Application Fee
  • $995 for National Certification Exam

Renewal: CRNA renewals coincide with registered nurse license renewals. CRNA authorizations to practice expire on January 31st of odd-numbered years.

Additional Information: An active Georgia registered nurse license is required for application.

Learn more on how to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Georgia

Education: Master’s degree or higher in nursing with specialization as a clinical nurse specialist with evidence of advanced pharmacology, advanced physical assessment, and advanced pathophysiology within the curriculum or separate coursework.

Examination: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or Georgia-approved national certifying body

Certification Required: National Certification from ANCC or other approved national certifying body.

Fees: $75 Application Fee

Renewal: CNS renewals coincide with registered nurse license renewals.

Additional Information: An active Georgia registered nurse license is required for application.

Learn more on how to become a clinical nurse specialist.

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric/Mental Health (CNS/PMH) in Georgia

Education: Master’s degree or higher in nursing with specialization in psychiatric./mental health nursing with a minimum of two graduate courses in psychiatric/mental health nursing with supervised practice and evidence of advanced pharmacology within the curriculum or separate course.

Examination: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Examination for Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

Certification Required: National Certification from ANCC

Fees: $75 Application Fee

Renewal: CNS renewals coincide with registered nurse license renewals.

Additional Information: An active Georgia registered nurse license is required for application.

Information for APRNs in Georgia, including nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife (CNM), certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric/mental health (CNS/PMH) was retrieved from the Rules of Georgia Board of Nursing - Regulation of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, as of January 2020.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Georgia

Education: Completion of an approved nursing education program.

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $40 Application Fee
  • $75 Application Fee by Endorsement
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a registered nurse in another state who can provide proof of 500 hours of licensed practice within the four years immediately preceding the date of application or proof of graduation from an approved nursing education program within four years or completion of a Georgia Board of Nursing approved reentry program may be qualified for licensure as a registered nurse by endorsement.

Renewal: RN licenses expire on January 31st of even- or odd-numbered years. Renewal fee of $65 for registered nurses.

Additional Information: Applicants who have completed a nontraditional nursing education program must provide evidence of at least 1,800 hours of nursing practice within the past 3 years.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Georgia

Education: Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $40 Application Fee
  • $75 Application Fee by Endorsement
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a licensed practical nurse in another state who can provide proof of 500 hours of licensed practice within the four years immediately preceding the date of application or proof of graduation from an approved nursing education program within four years or completion of a Georgia Board of Nursing approved reentry program may be qualified for licensure as a registered nurse by endorsement.

Renewal: LPN licenses expire on March 31st of odd-numbered years. Renewal fee of $65 for registered nurses.

Additional Information: Applicants who have completed a nontraditional nursing education program must provide evidence of at least 1,800 hours of nursing practice within the past 3 years.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information for registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) was retrieved from the Rules of Georgia Board of Nursing, as of January 2020.

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Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

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