RN to BSN in Georgia

In the past few decades Georgia has cemented its place in the top ten states for population and growth, most of which is occurring in the greater Atlanta area . The state employs more than 68,000 registered nurses, with a mean income of $62,350. While Georgia nurses on average earn about $3,000 less than their national counterparts, nurses in the greater Atlanta area are at or above the national mean.

A recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates an increase in wages for RNs in suburban and rural counties. Georgia registered nurses are overseen by the Georgia State Board of Nursing, responsible for setting the educational standards for nursing certification.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Georgia

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Georgia’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search.

Albany State University

$ 216 resident
$ 633 nonresident

Application Deadlines

August 1st, December 12th and April 1st

  • This program requires 24 credits to complete
  • The Georgia Board of Nursing has approved this program
  • Students from Florida, Alabama and South Carolina are eligible for in-state tuition
Campus 504 College Drive
Albany, GA 31705

Brenau University

$ 644 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

October 15th, December 4th and June 1st

  • Applicants must be currently licensed as an RN in Georgia
  • The program may be completed in 3 semesters
Online 500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville, GA 30501-3668

Clayton State University

$ 162 resident
$ 589 nonresident

Application Deadlines

July 15th, November 15th and April 15th

  • Applicants must possess a current unencumbered Georgia RN license
  • Candidate must pass a criminal background check and drug screening
  • Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Online 2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260-0285

College of Coastal Georgia

$ 102 resident
$ 377 nonresident

Application Deadlines

February 13th and July 15th

  • Applicants must have earned an associate degree from an accredited school
  • The program is only open to currently licensed registered nurses
  • Students must be covered by professional liability insurance
  • Financial aid is available
Campus One College Drive
Brunswick, GA 31520-3644

Columbus State University

$ 136 resident
$ 361 nonresident

Application Deadlines

May 15th, June 30th and November 30th

  • Program may be completed in 12 months
  • Courses run for 7 weeks
  • Online classes are asynchronous for easy scheduling
  • No need to travel to campus
Online 4225 University Ave
Columbus, GA 31907-5645

Dalton State College

$ 102 resident
$ 377 nonresident

Application Deadlines

July 1st, December 1st and April 20th

  • Program has been recommended for accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Applicants must be licensed as a registered nurse by the state of Georgia
  • The program requires 31 credits to complete
  • Program may be completed in 3 semesters
Hybrid 650 College Drive
Dalton, GA 30720-3797

Darton State College

$ 251 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

August 1st, December 1st and May 10th

  • The program may be completed in 3-5 semesters
  • Credits may be transferred from regionally accredited schools
  • Program is open to RNs with a current Georgia license
  • Accredited by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
Online 2400 Gillionville Rd
Albany, GA 31707-3098

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University

$ 933 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

July 15th

  • Students must attend 2 days on campus at the start of the program
  • Courses are asynchronous
  • A minimum of 32 credits are required for program completion
  • Students may attend full-time or part-time
Online 1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 31207

Georgia College & State University

$ 4,585 resident
$ 13,759 nonresident

Application Deadlines

April 1st and September 1st

  • Registered nurses may enter the program in either the fall or spring semester
  • The program may be completed in 3 semesters
  • Students receive 30 credits when they complete 6 hours in the RN-BSN program
  • Applicants must be registered nurses
Online 231 W Hancock Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Georgia Highlands College

$ 438 resident
$ 691 nonresident

Application Deadlines

August 1st, December 15th and May 15th

  • Incoming students must attend an on campus orientation
  • Accreditation is provided by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
Online 3175 Cedartown Highway, S.E.
Rome, GA 30161-3897

Georgia Southern University

$ 204 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

May 1st

  • Applicants must be currently licensed Georgia registered nurses
  • Live and asynchronous courses are used in the program
  • The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Online Brannen Hall, Room 2015, 2670 Southern Drive
Statesboro, GA 30460-8126

Georgia Southwestern State University

$ 3,117 resident
$ 9,527 nonresident

Application Deadlines

October 15th, April 15th and July 15th

  • Program may be completed in 1-2 years
  • Students are required to take at least 1 course per semester
  • Applicants must provide proof of Georgia licensure as a registered nurse
Online 800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr.
Americus, GA 31709

Georgia State University

$ 285 resident
$ 892 nonresident

Application Deadlines

April 15th

  • Program may be completed in 1 full-time year or 2 part-time years
  • Program has summer start date only
  • Applicants must have an accredited associate degree
  • Up to 60 credits may be transferred
Online 33 Gilmer St
Atlanta, GA 30303

Kennesaw State University

$ 482 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

August 15th

  • Some classes may require on campus activities
  • Clinical practicums must be completed in person
  • Applicants must be currently licensed RNs
  • Students must complete at least 30 credits at KSU
Online 1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

LaGrange College

$ 13,145 per semester

Application Deadlines

April 15th

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Students must apply to LaGrange College and then apply to the nursing program after their admission.
Campus 601 Broad Street
Lagrange, GA 30240-2999

Piedmont College

$ 457 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

December 1st

  • Program is designed for registered nurses
  • Credits may be transferred from other regionally accredited schools
  • Applicants must have an unencumbered license as a registered nurse
  • Accreditation is provided by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Campus 1021 Central Ave
Demorest, GA 30535-0010

South Georgia State College

$ 82 in state
$ 312 out of state

Application Deadlines

August 1st, December 1st and April 1st

  • Program has initial approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing
  • The program has candidacy status from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Applicants must be registered nurses
  • Financial aid is available
Campus 100 W College Park Dr
Douglas, GA 31533

South University

$ 9,590 per term

Application Deadlines

Rolling

  • Applicants must be registered nurses with an unencumbered license
  • Accredited by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
Hybrid and Online
, GA

Thomas University

$ 960 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling

  • Applicants must possess an associate degree in nursing
  • Applicants must be registered nurses
  • Program may be completed in 15 months
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Hybrid 1501 Millpond Rd
Thomasville, GA 31792

University of North Georgia

$ 178 resident
$ 630 nonresident

Application Deadlines

December 15th

  • Incoming students must have an associate degree in nursing
  • Applicants must be currently licensed RNs
Campus, Online, and Hybrid
, GA

University of West Georgia

$ 264 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Application Opens: Feb 1st of each year
Application Deadline: May 1st of each year. Note: The RN applicant must be admitted to UWG before applying to RN-BSN program.

  • 100% Online starting Fall 2016
  • Fully accredited by CCNE
  • Applicants must be licensed registered nurses in the state of Georgia
  • This program can be completed in 2 semesters (w/ core completed)
  • Students may transfer up to 90 credits
Campus and Online 1601 Maple St
Carrollton, GA 30118-0001

Valdosta State University

$ 174 resident
$ 615 nonresident

Application Deadlines

May 15th and August 1st

  • Program may be completed in 1 year
  • Students are required to complete 28 credits in upper level nursing
  • Up to 60 credits of core education credits may be transferred
Campus 1500 N Patterson St
Valdosta, GA 31698

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Georgia that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Georgia that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Georgia has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Georgia is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data
Education

What is being done to increase the number of Georgia RN’s with a BSN?

The AC conducted survey of working RNs and community colleges regarding BSN programs.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes. RN to BSN Degrees Awarded by Community Colleges; and RN to MSN Programs.

Leadership

What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

Committee members are collecting information on leadership programs from other organizations and actively promoting the AC’s leadership committee.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

No

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

No

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

No specific plans announced.

Diversity

How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

No specific plans announced.

Data

What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

No specific plans announced.

Contact Info

Lisa Wright Eichelberger

Dean and Professor
Clayton State University

Aimee Manion

PBDS Facilitator/Nurse Educator
Atlanta VA Medical Center

Linda McCauley

Dean and Professor
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Georgia Action Coalition page.

Georgia Licensing

Georgia is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). A Georgia nursing license is only valid within Georgia. For licensing information, visit the Georgia Department of Health and Human Services.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information


Other State RNtoBSN Information