Nurse.org’s 10 best nursing schools in Georgia

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You likely have sentimental feelings toward the school that taught you to be nurse. But do you have bragging rights for being an alum of the best nursing school in Georgia?

Nurse.org selected a panel of five nurses who evaluated the Peach State’s institutions on a variety of factors, including:

  • Reputation
  • NCLEX pass rate
  • Tuition
  • Acceptance rate, when available

Only ACEN or CCNE accredited schools were eligible.

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“Nursing students should factor in both benefits and costs,” Nurse.org wrote. “While some schools seem more attractive at first glance, what matters, in the end, is whether you received your degree and are able to get a job.”

With that in mind, here are the panel’s top 10 Georgia nursing schools:

1. Georgia Southwestern State University

Annual in-state tuition: $6,032

NCLEX pass rate: 96.88%

In-person: Yes

Online: Yes

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: Yes

2. Emory University

Annual tuition: $57,120

NCLEX pass rate: 86.85%

In-person: Yes

Online: Yes

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: No

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3. Georgia State University

Annual in-state tuition: $8,948

NCLEX pass rate: 90.57%

In-person: Yes

Online: Yes

Accelerated: No

Bridge: Yes

4. Mercer University

Annual tuition: $51,140

NCLEX pass rate: 88.15%

In-person: Yes

Online: Yes

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: Yes

5. Augusta University

Annual in-state tuition: $8,664

NCLEX pass rate: 91.05%

In-person: Yes

Online: Yes

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: Yes

6. University of West Georgia

Annual in-state tuition: $5,476

NCLEX pass rate: 82.43%

In-person: Yes

Online: No

Accelerated: No

Bridge: No

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7. Columbus State University

Annual in-state tuition: $5,464

NCLEX pass rate: 61.29%

In-person: Yes

Online: Yes

Accelerated: No

Bridge: Yes

8. Kennesaw State University

Annual in-state tuition: $6,898

NCLEX pass rate: 94.47%

In-person: Yes

Online: Yes

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: No

9. Georgia College & State University

Annual in-state tuition: $7,508

NCLEX Pass rate: 92.45%

In-Person: Yes

Online: No

Accelerated: No

Bridge: No

10. Georgia Southern University

Annual in-state tuition: $5,464

NCLEX pass rate: 82.61%

In-person: Yes

Online: No

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: Yes

Nurse.org points out annual tuition rates can vary based on financial aid, how many credits a student takes and more.

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