Top RN Schools
1. Emory University, Atlanta
The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing provides small classes and access to state-of-the-art resources, helping the school earn top rankings from “U.S. News and World Report” year after year. The school is also a center for nursing research; in 2017, it was awarded $7.8 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
2. Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville
Since its founding as Georgia Normal and Industrial College in 1889, the GCSU School of Nursing has worked with the University's dominant objective of preparing young women for careers in teaching and the industrial sciences. Today, GCSU is Georgia's only public liberal arts university, and that core curriculum gives nursing students a foundation in humanities and behavioral sciences on to which they can then build their nursing practice.
3. Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw
WellStar School of Nursing: 45 years ago, this program was a two-year nursing degree that prepared students to work in Georgia's rural health care settings. Today, it is the largest nursing program in northern Georgia. Located on the Kennesaw campus of WellStar Health recently built Prillaman Hall-Health Sciences Building, the school includes classrooms and seminar rooms, as well as a computer lab, auditorium and simulation lab for practice. Once you master basic nursing skills, you'll participate in clinical rotations at WellStar Health System, Tanner Medical Center, Homestead Hospice, Forsythe County Schools, Fulton County Department of Health & Wellness and other health care facilities throughout the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.
4. Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University, Atlanta
The Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, founded in 1902 as the Tabernacle Infirmary Training School for Christian Nurses, was established to “heal the needy sick.” Today, as part of Mercer University, the College is widely emulated by other nursing education programs throughout the nation. In partnership with Mercer University’s School of Medicine and Atlanta’s well-respected Piedmont Healthcare System, the College participates in The Center for Health and Learning, an educational initiative that aims to create innovative solutions to 21st century health challenges.
5. Augusta University, Augusta
If you strive to serve the health needs of individuals and communities, then the Augusta University College of Nursing has much to offer you. One of the few nursing schools in Georgia where you will learn side by side with medical and dentistry students as well as with students seeking degrees in other applied health sciences, the College is committed to cultivating your abilities and providing you with training necessary to work as a vital part of a collaborative health care team. In partnership with the Center for Strategic Initiatives, the College will soon be opening a nurse-managed primary care center that will offer services aimed at treating and preventing acute and chronic conditions like hypertension, asthma, diabetes and high cholesterol.