Becoming an LPN in Georgia

The state of Georgia is committed to improving patient healthcare outcomes by offering a number of schools with accredited licensed practical nursing (LPN) programs. With the nursing shortage, LPNs remain in high demand. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a nearly 12% increase in the field through the year 2026. LPNs in Georgia currently earn an average hourly wage of $19.35, or $40,250 per year. If you are ready to join the ranks of these healthcare providers, it’s time to consider enrolling in an LPN program.

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2017 Best 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 roughly 20 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.

To see all the top ranked LPN programs in Georgia click here.

Details on Georgia LPN Schools & Classes

The process to become an LPN is fairly straightforward: graduate from an approved LPN program, and then take and pass the NCLEX-PN exam in order to officially gain licensure. Many schools across Georgia offer LPN programs, from community colleges to technical schools and everything in between.

LPN programs in the state offer a curriculum which may include the following course titles:

  • Structures and Functions of the Human Body
  • Nursing Fundamentals
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Maternity Nursing
  • Nursing Leadership

Accreditation

To find the LPN program that’s right for you, you’ll need to fully research Georgia’s offerings. One of the main ways to narrow down schools is to check for accreditations. Properly accredited schools and programs signify quality and high academic standards. National accreditation associations such as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing should endorse your program of choice, along with smaller, regional accreditations. The Georgia Board of Nursing can also provide students with a list of approved LPN programs.

Admission Requirements

While admission requirements may fluctuate from school to school, students will generally need to meet the following to be eligible for an LPN program in the state:

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years old
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED certificate
  • Take any applicable placement tests
  • Submit an application and pay any associated fees

Tuition and Costs

Believe it or not, LPN programs can be quite affordable. The short (1-2 years) nature of the program makes it much more affordable than other nursing degrees, such as registered nursing. Generally, students must be prepared to pay for tuition, mandatory fees, and any course materials. As an example, the LPN program at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, GA, charges approximately $6,913 for tuition and fees. This does not include extras such as uniforms, background checks, test fees, and other expenses.

Georgia LPN Licensing Requirements

Attending a Georgia Nursing Board approved program is required to become an LPN in Georgia. 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.

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.

NCLEX Exam Information

The licensure exam that LPN graduates are required to pass is the NCLEX-RN. This exam consists of roughly 100 questions that cover a range of nursing topics. For further information, a comprehensive overview of the NCLEX-PN can be found here, and students are encouraged to take the NCLEX-PN practice test to study for the real exam.

LPN Reciprocity and eNLC

In January of 2018, Georgia will implement and become part of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).  This will allow GA LPNs to practice within their state as well as any other member state within the eNLC. A big win for practicing LPNs.

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.

LPN Salary in Georgia 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, Roswell10,450$19.58$40,730
Augusta, Richmond County1,850$19.02$39,560
Savannah1,140$18.95$39,410
Macon1,010$18.66$38,810
Columbus900$18.48$38,430
Gainesville590$19.23$40,010
Warner Robins470$17.42$36,240
Valdosta410$18.07$37,580
Rome390$17.51$36,430
Athens, Clarke County350$19.94$41,480
Dalton340$17.98$37,400
Brunswick170$17.48$36,360
Hinesville150$18.90$39,320
Albany-$16.38$34,080

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Georgia LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

Top Ranked Georgia LPN Programs

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Georgia Piedmont Technical College

495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 - (404) 297-9522 - Visit Homepage

Georgia Piedmont Technical College's Practical Nursing program provides academic and occupational courses with a variety of clinical experiences so that graduates are prepared to enter the fast-paced world of medicine and healthcare immediately upon graduation. The program is designed to prepare graduates to successfully complete the NCLEX-PN for licensure as a practical nurse.

Overall Score: 98.80 - Request Info on Georgia Piedmont Technical College
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Ogeechee Technical College

One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Statesboro, GA 30458 - (912) 681-5500 - Visit Homepage

The mission of the Ogeechee Technical College's Practical Nursing program is to prepare qualified graduates to become theoretically, clinically, ethically, and legally safe entry-level practitioners. Their mission is to prepare students who are committed to assisting in meeting the health care needs of the community.

Overall Score: 98.80 - Request Info on Ogeechee Technical College
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Chattahoochee Technical College

980 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA 30060 - (770) 528-4545 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing program at Chattahoochee Technical College provides a strong foundation in the practice of nursing, preparing students to function safely within the framework of the practical nursing role. Nursing theory is integrated with clinical experiences to afford the greatest opportunity for students to become clinically competent.

Overall Score: 98.30 - Request Info on Chattahoochee Technical College
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Albany Technical College

1704 S Slappey Blvd, Albany, GA 31701 - (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.

Overall Score: 96.40 - Request Info on Albany Technical College
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Southeastern Technical College

3001 E. First Street, Vidalia, GA 30474 - (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.

Overall Score: 95.35 - Request Info on Southeastern Technical College
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Savannah Technical College

1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033 - (404) 679-4500 - 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.

Overall Score: 94.85
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Lanier Technical College

2990 Landrum Education Drive, Oakwood, GA 30566 - (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.

Overall Score: 94.80 - Request Info on Lanier Technical College
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North Georgia Technical College

1500 Hwy 197 N, Clarkesville, GA 30523 - (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.

Overall Score: 94.60 - Request Info on North Georgia Technical College
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Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

4089 Val Tech Road, Valdosta, GA 31602 - (229) 333-2100 - Visit Homepage

At Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, the Practical Nursing diploma program is designed to prepare graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care.

Overall Score: 93.77 - Request Info on Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
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Dalton State College

650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720 - (706) 272-4436 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing program at Dalton State provides graduates with the knowledge and clinical expertise necessary to give direct nursing care to patients in a variety of settings. Some clinical experiences involve out-of-town travel and evening hours. The program of study includes general education and nursing theory which provides opportunities to care for patients of all ages.

Overall Score: 92.60 - Request Info on Dalton State College

Continued List of All Programs in Georgia

RankedProgramScoreDetails
#11 Coastal Pines Technical College
1701 Carswell Ave, Waycross, GA 31503
(912) 287-6584 Visit Homepage
91.70Request Information
#12 Columbus Technical College
928 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, GA 31904
(706) 649-1800 Visit Homepage
91.53Request Information
#13 Athens Technical College
1317 Athens Hwy, Elberton, GA 30635
(706) 213-2100 Visit Homepage
91.37Request Information
#14 Southern Crescent Technical College
501 Varsity Road, Griffin, GA 30223
(770) 228-7348 Visit Homepage
90.30Request Information
#15 Georgia Northwestern Technical College
One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, GA 30161
(706) 295-6963 Visit Homepage
86.94Request Information
#16 Oconee Fall Line Technical College
1189 Deepstep Rd, Sandersville, GA 31082
(877) 399-8324 Visit Homepage
86.90Request Information
#17 West Georgia Technical College
4600 Timber Ridge Dr, Douglasville, GA 30135
(770) 947-7300 Visit Homepage
84.50Request Information
#18 South Georgia Technical College
900 South GA Tech Pkwy., Americus, GA 31709
(229) 931-2394 Visit Homepage
83.67Request Information
#19 Central Georgia Technical College
80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088
(478) 988-6800 Visit Homepage
82.87Request Information
#20 Southern Regional Technical College
15689 US-19, Thomasville, GA 31792
(888) 205-3449 Visit Homepage
82.49Request Information
#21 Augusta Technical College
3200 Augusta Tech Dr., Augusta, GA 30906
(706) 771-4000 Visit Homepage
80.79Request Information
#22 Bainbridge College
P.O.Box 990 2500 E. Shotwell St, Bainbridge, GA 39818
(866) 825-1715 Visit Homepage
78.39Request Information

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