Nursing is among the fastest growing professional fields. From assisting those in nursing homes to supervising intensive care units, certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, and registered nurses facilitate patient comfort and healing.
What You Should Know:
- Certified nursing assistants are often trained in just a matter of months, while licensed practical nursing programs usually take just more than a year. Registered nursing requires further training that leads to a college degree. Registered nurses with graduate degrees may qualify as advanced practice registered nurses.
- Access the Certified Nurse Aide Registry to review CNA training materials.
- Read about licensed practical nursing requirements and transferring a license from another state.
- Learn how to earn your registered nursing license or transfer your current license from another state.
- As you prepare to apply for licensure, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for information about testing and nursing practice.
How do I become an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN)?
You must hold an active Georgia-issued registered nursing license and a board-approved graduate degree, and you'll need to submit a complete application, a non-refundable $60 application fee, and your proof of active national certification in your area of specialty. The board may also ask for more information.
I've just graduated from nursing school. While I'm preparing for the exam, can the board issue me a temporary permit?
The board does not issue temporary permits for graduates. Following graduation you must pass the exam and earn your license before you start a nursing position.
I'm moving within the state. How do I file my address change?
When is my practical nursing or registered nursing license renewal due, and what happens if I forget to renew on time?
Check the expiration date on your pocket card to see when you need to renew. If you don't submit your renewal by that date, the board will revoke your license, and you'll need to submit an application for reinstatement.
Source: Department of Community Health & Secretary of State. This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please speak with the agency that is the source of the information.