The U.S. is in need of more qualified nurses. In a number of states, including Georgia, demand for licensed practical nurses is expected to outpace supply by the year 2025. According to a December 2014 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Georgia is on track to experience a shortfall of 7,100 LPNs by that year. As current LPNs retire – and new positions are created – jobs for LPNs in Georgia are predicted to grow from 25,910 to 33,260, an increase of almost 30 percent. This has created a window of opportunity for anyone drawn to the healthcare profession. The following guide offers a ranking of the top LPN programs, a search tool to help aspiring LPNs browse through programs in Georgia, and licensure and renewal requirements in the state.
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Top LPN Programs in Georgia
The top LPN programs listed in this state’s ranking were determined by comparison of three primary, equally-weighted criteria including
Additional details for each school were included:
Count of programs available
Public and not-for-profit schools
Normalized on a 100 percent curve
The methodology used for tie-break is as follows…
Ties are broken based on lowest average net price for full-time, first-time undergraduates paying in-state tuition (average cost of tuition and expenses after grants and scholarships).
If necessary, the lowest in-state tuition rate is used as a second tie-break
LPN programs in Georgia are offered at community colleges, technical schools, and private institutions and training centers across the state. The search tool below is designed to help prospective practical nurses navigate the options available for LPN education and training specifically in Georgia. Browse through potential options by school type, tuition, school size, and number of nursing programs offered. You can even compare your top choices by selecting schools and clicking the compare schools button at the top. StateDegree LevelSchool TypeEnvironment
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LPN Licensure Steps in GA
As healthcare professionals tasked with patient care, nurses must be licensed in the state they practice. This is true throughout the country, and requirements for licensure and renewal are slightly different from state to state. This section provides a closer look at the specifics of what it takes to become an LPN in Georgia.
Basic Eligibility for Georgia LPNs
Be at least 18 years of age and “in good physical and mental health”
Provide proof of high school diploma or the equivalent
Register to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN)
LPN Education & Training in Georgia
The path to becoming an LPN in Georgia begins with enrolling in an accredited educational program, which may award a degree or a certificate in practical nursing. These programs include classroom and clinical training for LPNs and generally take about 12 full months, or three semesters, to complete.
Students who graduate from a Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses approved school in the state of Georgia are qualified to apply for licensure after passing the NCLEX-PN, a process known as “licensure by examination”. They are also not required to submit transcripts from their nursing program, as these are automatically forwarded electronically to the state’s Board of Nursing. Graduates of accredited out-of-state nursing programs must submit a paper application that includes an official transcript from their nursing program.
The Georgia Board of Nursing also has a provision that allows for licensure by endorsement. This option is only open to those who are already licensed as a practical nurse in another jurisdiction, and as a result have already completed an approved LPN program or the equivalent.
Pay a non-refundable $40 application fee
Complete a criminal background check
Pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse exam (NCLEX-PN) within three years of graduating from nursing school
LPNs who are licensed in another state must apply for licensure by endorsement in Georgia, which requires a non-refundable $75 application fee
Keeping Your License Active in GA
Nursing licenses in Georgia must be renewed by January 31 of every even or odd year, depending upon when the original license was granted. This requires the submission of a non-refundable renewal fee of $65. And, as of March 31, 2017, LPNs in Georgia will also be required to demonstrate that they have completed 20 hours of continuing education in order to be relicensed.
LPNs who fail to renew their licenses by January 31 must go through a reinstatement process, which involves the payment of a non-refundable $80 application fee. They must also provide documentation either of employment for three consecutive months (500 hours) or graduation from an LPN training program within the past five years. Applicants who cannot demonstrate either, must pass the NCLEX-PN.
Salary Outlook for GA Practical Nurses
The earning potential for LPNs varies from region-to-region, state-to-state, and even by cities and counties within individual states. The following charts offer an overview of the salaries for LPNs in Georgia.
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Employment Outlook for GA LPNs
The Health Resources and Service Administration analyzed census data collected from all 50 states between 2008 and 2010, and concluded, in a 2013 report, that Georgia ranked in the middle range for per-capital employment of LPNs, with 196 – 242 LPNs per 100,000 people. Of course, the distribution of LPNs and employment opportunities varies by region within Georgia, with more densely populated metropolitan areas employing larger numbers of LPNs than rural areas. The 2013 report also does not take into account the significant growth in projected job openings for LPNs that the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to see in Georgia over the next decade.
The state’s largest professional nursing association, with information for those entering the nursing profession and professional development assets for those who have already embarked on a career in nursing.
A professional organization for advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the state, offering information and mentoring to nursing students and professional nurses.
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