When you are ready to apply for a nursing license it is important to be familiar with the state requirements. Each state has different requirements and fees. Planning ahead will allow you to organize the required paperwork and budget for the required expenses. Read on to learn about RN license requirements for Georgia.
Step 1: Nursing School
Complete an approved nursing program and then have the school send a certificate of program completion to the board of nursing. If you attended a program out of state, the school must send the final official transcripts showing the degree earned and the graduation date.
If you were educated in a foreign country, the process for obtaining your registered nurse license in Georgia is a little different. A full education course review by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) needs to be completed. You will also have to show proof of passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.
Step 2: Register
Register with Pearson Vue. There is a $200 fee for registering for the NCLEX-RN exam. Once all eligibility criteria have been verified, you will be contacted with information on scheduling your exam.
Step 3: Background Check
The Georgia Board of Nursing requires all applicants to complete a criminal records check. They recommend that you complete this process prior to submitting your application to avoid delays. When you schedule your session, inquire about the current cost. Be sure to bring a driver’s license or other federal – issued picture identification to your fingerprint appointment.
Step 4: Apply
The Georgia Board of Nursing allows in state applicants to complete an application online for a nursing license, where as applicants from out of state are required to submit a paper application. There is a $40 fee required at the time of application submission. Completed applications should be sent with the fee to: Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217
Step 5: Verify Required Hours
In some cases, The Georgia Board of Nursing may determine that the applicant has insufficient clinical or educational experience,and require the applicant to complete a preceptorship. The required hours vary from 320-640 which will need to be completed under the supervision of a registered nurse over a 6 month period. One extension is permitted if additional time is required.
Step 6: Pass the NCLEX!
Once you receive your testing confirmation information from Pearson Vue, you can schedule your exam. Stay calm and focused knowing that you have worked hard and are prepared for the NCLEX. You are on your way to becoming a member of the very rewarding field of nursing. Good Luck!
After you have earned your registered nursing license, it is imperative that you complete the mandatory continuing education each cycle in order to maintain and renew your Georgia nursing license. There are multiple options, so be sure to review each one and then once you have chosen your preferred option, be sure to maintain all of your records of completion for auditing purposes. See this as a positive experience, as a nurse you will always be learning new information which will allow you to provide the most up to date evidence based care. Nurses have a huge impact on the level of care provided to each patient under their care.