Becoming an LPN in Georgia

The state of Georgia is attempting to solve the shortage of health care professionals by monitoring and addressing the shortage and funneling funding to increase scholarship opportunities and educated undergraduates with an interest in the nursing field. It is predicted by The Bureau of Labor Statistic that a 19% increase in Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) jobs will be achieved per year by 2020 in Georgia. Individuals seeking to meet this need for nurses can become an LPN by either exam or by endorsement is he or she holds a license in another state.

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    LPN Programs in Georgia

    Georgia offers a number of educational options for those seeking to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in the state. Programs are offered in a variety of schools such as vocational high schools, community colleges, and private nursing schools-all teaching the approved curriculum for licensure. We have reviewed state test scores and NCLEX-PN pass-rates for more than 25 schools across the state of Georgia, and after careful consideration we have compiled a list of the top 10.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)

    Ranked: 1
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%

    1189 Deepstep Road, Sandersville, GA (478) 553-2050 Visit Homepage

    Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) is located in Sandersville, Georgia, with a south campus located in Dublin. OFTC offers more than 100 associate degree programs, as well as diploma and certificate programs, continued education, contract training and workshops, utilizing curriculum standards to ensure success.

    Get More Information About: Oconee Fall Line Technical College – North Campus

    Ranked: 2
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.12%

    5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA (912) 443-5700 Visit Homepage

    Savannah Technical College is located in Savannah, Georgia, with additional locations in Liberty, Effingham, Crossroads, and Fort Steward. Savannah Technical College is committed to providing dynamic education, academic, and workforce development need to students, employers, and the community, creating opportunities through classroom instruction and online coursework.

    Ranked: 3
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.60%

    80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA (478) 988-6800 Visit Homepage

    Middle Georgia Technical College (MGTC) is located in Warner Robins, Georgia, with Auxiliary training sites located in Hawkinsville. MGTC contributes to economic, educational, and community development by providing quality academic and technical education to its students, granting associates degrees, diplomas, and various certifications, as well as continued education and customized workforce training.

    Get More Information About: Middle Georgia Technical College

    Ranked: 4
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.48%

    1500 Hwy 197 N, Clarkesville, GA (706) 754-7700 Visit Homepage

    North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) is a residential, public, multi-campus institution of higher education and workforce development located in Clarkesville, Georgia, with additional campuses located in Blairsville and Toccoa. NGTC provides access to student-focused occupational programs that provide an associate degree, diploma, or certification, as well as adult education and customized business and industry training.

    Get More Information About: North Georgia Technical College

    Ranked: 5
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.71%

    3001 E. First Street, Vidalia, GA (912) 538-3100 Visit Homepage

    Southeastern Technical College (STC) located in Vidalia, Georgia, with additional campuses located in Swainsboro, provides an innovative educational environment for student learning through both traditional education methods and distance learning options. STC provides students with a variety of degrees, diplomas, and technical certifications, as well as adult education, continued education, and customized workforce development.

    Get More Information About: Southeastern Technical College

    Ranked: 6
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.61%

    800 Veterans Parkway North, Moultrie, GA (229) 891-7000 Visit Homepage

    Moultrie Technical College (MTC) is a multi-campus institute of higher-learning located in Moultrie, Georgia, with an additional campus in Tifton. MTC's mission is to provide a culture of learning through occupational, academic, and distance education and training, providing accessible, quality education leading to associates degrees, diplomas, and technical certifications.

    Get More Information About: Moultrie Technical College

    Ranked: 7
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.38%

    2990 Landrum Education Drive, Oakwood, GA (770) 531-6300 Visit Homepage

    Lanier Technical College (LTC), located in Oakwood, Georgia, with additional campuses located in winder, Dawsonville, Cumming, and Commerce, serves as the foremost workforce development resource for its surrounding counties, as well as leading provider of career-technical education programs and customized business training.

    Get More Information About: Lanier Technical College

    Ranked: 8
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.19%

    1704 S. Slappey Blvd., Albany, GA (229) 430-3500 Visit Homepage

    Albany Technical College (ATC) is a public postsecondary institution located in Albany, Georgia, that provides technical education and training support for the evolving workforce development needs of the state. ATC utilizes traditional education and distance learning methods to benefit individuals, businesses, and the community by providing quality associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certifications, preparing students for employment.

    Get More Information About: Albany Technical College

    Ranked: 9
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.03%

    501 Varsity Road, Griffin, GA (770) 228-7348 Visit Homepage

    Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) is located in Griffin, Georgia, with additional campuses located in Thomaston, Jackson, Monticello, and Butler. SCTC offers about 200 programs of study with choices of associates degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates, as well as adult education programs, continued learning, and business workforce development training.

    Get More Information About: Southern Crescent Technical College

    Ranked: 10
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.75%

    80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA (478) 988-6800 Visit Homepage

    Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) is located in Warner Robins, Georgia, with additional campuses in Macon and Milledgeville, and additional centers in Roberta, Hawkinsville, Gray, Forsyth, Eatoton, and Jeffersonville. CGTC is a two-year public commuter college that offers traditional on-site instruction as well as distance learning options, adult education, continued education programs, and customized industry training.

    Get More Information About: Central Georgia Technical College

    Continued List of All Licensed Practical Nursing Programs in Georgia

    RankedProgramPass RatesWebsite
    #11Georgia Piedmont Technical College
    495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021
    (404) 297-9522
    92.67%Request Information
    #12Dalton State College
     650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720
    (706) 272-4436
    92.57%Request Information
    #13Athens Technical College
    1317 Athens Hwy,  elberton, GA 30635
    (706) 213-2100
    92.35%Visit Website
    #14Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
    4089 Val Tech Road, Valdosta, GA 31602
    (229) 333-2100
    91.90%Request Information
    #15Augusta Technical College
    3200 Augusta Tech Dr., Augusta, GA 30906
    (706) 771-4000
    91.77%Request Information
    #16Columbus Technical College
    928 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, GA 31904
    (706) 649-1800
    91.67%Request Information
    #17Chattahoochee Technical College
    980 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA 30060
    (770) 528-4545
    91.39%Request Information
    #18Altamaha Technical College
    1777 West Cherry Street, Jesup, GA 31545
    (912) 588-2531
    90.85%Request Information
    #19West Georgia Technical College
    4600 Timber Ridge Dr, Douglasville, GA 30135
    (770) 947-7300
    89.80%Visit Website
    #20Georgia Northwestern Technical College
    One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, GA 30161
    (706) 295-6963
    89.35%Request Information
    #21Bainbridge College
    P.o.box 990 2500 E. Shotwell St, Bainbridge, GA 39818
    (866) 825-1715
    88.19%Request Information
    #22Southwest Georgia Technical College
    15689 U.s. Highway 19 North,  thomasville, GA 31792
    (229) 225-4096
    87.07%Request Information
    #23Ogeechee Technical College
    One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Statesboro, GA 30458
    (912) 681-5500
    86.99%Request Information
    #24South Georgia Technical College
    900 South Ga Tech Pkwy., Americus, GA 31709
    (229) 931-2394
    86.89%Request Information
    #25Oconee Fall Line Technical College – South Campus
    560 Pinehill Road, Dublin, GA 31021
    (478) 275-6589
    85.03%Request Information
    #26Okefenokee Technical College
    1701 Carswell Avenue, Waycross, GA 31503
    (912) 287-6584
    84.19%Request Information
    #27Atlanta Technical College
    1560 Metropolitan Parkway Sw, Atlanta, GA 30310
    (404) 225-4400
    82.01%Request Information

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  • Georgia LPN Licensing Requirements

    Attending a Georgia Nursing Board approved program is required to become an LPN in Georgia. These courses are offered through vocational training or community college and generally take a year to complete (2 year programs are also available). To enter, the student must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Upon completion, the graduate must submit a criminal background check and pass the LPN Entrance Exam (NCLEX-PN).

    Graduates of an unapproved nursing program that do not meet the educational and practice requirements are required to complete a Board approved preceptorship, allowing them to gain clinical experience or practice in a healthcare facility located in Georgia.

    Instructions for Online Applicants for Licensure by Examination (http://www.sos.ga.gov/plb/rn/online_app_instructions.htm)

    Lifting patients, pulling and pushing machinery, and extended periods of standing, squatting, walking, and running, as well as other strenuous physical activity may be required as an LPN.

    An Application for Licensure by Endorsement may be completed if an LPN from another state is seeking licensure in the state of Georgia. Other requirements include:

    • A high school diploma or GED Equivalent.
    • Be at least 18 years of age.
    • Completion of a board-approved LPN program or Army 68WM6.
    • Passing required testing—the NCLEX
    • Submitting proof of license from current state and state of origin.
    • Submitting proof of working as an LPN for at least 5 years preceding the application.

    Additional GA Nursing Resources

    Georgia State Board of Licensed Practical Nurses

    237 Coliseum Drive
    Macon, GA 31217-3858
    Phone (478) 207-1640
    Fax (478) 207-1633
    http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/31

    1. Georgia Secretary of State Licensing Boards (http://www.sos.ga.gov/plb/)
    2. Georgia Board of Nursing (http://www.sos.ga.gov/plb/rn/)
    3. Georgia Nurses Association (http://www.georgianurses.org/)

  • LPN Salary: Georgia vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2011

    Georgia LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2012, the median income for LPNs in the state was $36,500. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Georgia (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=13&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 19% increase in LPN jobs in Georgia by 2020. This prediction translates to approximately 1,210 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)

    Georgia Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Georgia. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta9,300$18.73$38,960
    Augusta, Richmond County2,290$18.30$38,060
    Savannah1,080$18.32$38,110
    Columbus900$16.79$34,920
    Macon810$18.51$38,510
    Gainesville700$16.59$34,510
    Rome590$17.00$35,370
    Valdosta510$15.56$32,360
    Albany420$15.15$31,510
    Warner Robins370$16.83$35,000
    Dalton350$17.80$37,030
    Athens, Clarke County300$17.91$37,250
    Brunswick290$16.83$35,010