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You may apply for licensure by examination, endorsement or reinstatement. 

Before an individual can practice as a certified nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist, certified nurse-midwife, clinical nurse specialist or clinical nurse specialist - psychiatric/mental health, they must possess an APRN authorization from the State of Georgia.

  • Applicants applying for authorization as an APRN must hold an active Georgia registered nursing license.
  • Applicants applying for authorization must submit a paper application.
    • Applicants must submit the following information:
      • Completed application
      • Non-refundable application fee of $60.00
      • Official college transcripts
        • Applicants must have a master’s degree or other graduate degree approved by the Board
      • One of the following:
        • Verification of employment documenting three (3) months/five hundred (500) hours of APRN practice
        • Proof of graduation from an approved nursing education program within four (4) years immediately preceding the date of application
      • Verification of active national certification in his or her area of specialty
  • Any other additional information requested by the Board
  •  Applications are typically reviewed in less than fifteen business days.  Applications are reviewed on a first in/first out basis.  To ensure the most efficient processing time, please submit a complete application using the instructions contained in the application packet. 

     Applicants who failed the exam must submit a paper application for reexamination.

        • Applicants must submit the following information:
          • Completed application
          • Non-refundable application fee of $40.00
          • Background Check using the instructions contained in the application packet (www.ga.cogentid.com).
          • Any other additional information requested by the Board
          • You may apply for reexamination at any time after failing the exam but exam eligibility will not be granted by Pearson Vue until after a period of forty-five days.

     Applicants must pass NCLEX-RN within three (3) years of the date of graduation from a nursing education program.

    Temporary permits are not issued to graduated.  Following graduation, you must not engage in any “licensed” activities, work in any position that requires licensure as a registered nurse or begin orientation for any position that requires licensure as a registered nurse until you have received your RN license.

    Board Rule 410-15-.01 makes provision for currently licensed registered nurses to apply for inactive status.  Please click here to download the Application For Inactive Status.  Please complete and submit that form using the instructions contained in the packet.

    All address changes must be reported to the Board within 30 days after the change (Board Rule 410-1-.02).  When making address changes please remember to update your email address.  Changes may be submitted by clicking here.

    You must apply for licensure by endorsement.  Please click here  for information regarding the endorsement process.

    • Lost or stolen pocket cards should be reported to the Board immediately. 
    • You may print a copy of your pocket card by clicking here.
    • If you would like to order a pocket card you may submit your written request to 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217.  Please include a check or money order payable to the Professional Licensing Boards in the amount of $25.00.  Be sure to include your license number with your request.


    • Licenses expire January 31 of even or odd years.  Please check your expiration date to determine when you must renew.
      • Licenses may be renewed online by visiting the RN Board website  and completing the following steps:
        • Click on "License Renewal"
        • Follow the onscreen instructions to login and submit your renewal information
        • Submit secure and verifiable documentation of US citizenship as instructed on the online renewal site
        • Submit the non-refundable renewal fee of $65.00
      • You may request a paper renewal form by contacting our office at 478-207-2440.  Applicants who wish to complete a paper renewal form must submit the following information with their paper renewal form:
        • Complete all demographic information
        • Answer required renewal questions
        • Submit secure and verifiable documentation of US citizenship as instructed on the online renewal site
        • Submit the non-refundable renewal fee of $65.00

     

    • If you fail to renew your license by January 31 of your license expiration year your license will be administratively revoked and you will be required to submit an application for reinstatement.
    • Please note that the Georgia Board of Nursing is not responsible for providing renewal notices to licensees.

    Effective, January 31, 2016, registered nurses will be required to submit documentation of continuing competency as a condition of licensure renewal.  Click here for more information regarding continuing education requirements.

    • Verification of licensure is available upon written request.  Please complete the following steps:
      • Written requests should be submitted to 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217.  Please click here to download the request form
      • Please submit a check or money order payable to the Professional Licensing Boards in the amount of $25.00
      • Please include your license number with your request
    • Verification requests are typically processed within fifteen business days.

    Please click here for a list of facilities that have previously offered reentry.  Please note that facilities on this list are not guaranteed or required to currently offer reentry programs.  For additional information please view the following documents:

    Reentry Process Guidelines 

    Reentry Questions and Answers 

    • Applicants must register with COGENT prior to visiting a fingerprint site.  No data collection or registration will be permitted at the fingerprint collection sites and fingerprint services will not be provided to applicants who have not registered.
    • Applicants may register with COGENT systems online or by telephone.
      • Online registration is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week by visiting www.ga.cogentid.com.
      • Registration by phone is available Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm EST by calling 1-888-439-2512.
      • When registering, please use the following information:
        • ORI Number – GA922931Z
        • Verification Number - 922931Z
    • Additional Information may be obtained by viewing the following instruction packets:

    Graduates of a nontraditional nursing education program who do not meet the educational and practice requirements as stated by Georgia law O.C.G.A. 46-26-7 will be required to complete a Georgia Board approved preceptorship.  Please click here to review information for nontraditional nursing education programs applicants.

    Board approved preceptorships may be completed in a facility in which the applicant is currently employed and may be for compensation.

    After the completion of the application process, the applicant may submit an application for a preceptorship.  Once a proposed plan for preceptorship is approved by the Board, a six (6) month temporary permit may be issued to the applicant.  The applicant is expected to complete the preceptorship within six (6) months.  Upon receipt of a written request from the applicant and an updated clinical schedule provided by the Agency Coordinator, a temporary permit may be renewed only one time for an additional six (6) month period.

    Guidelines for 320 Hour Preceptorship 

    Guidelines for 480 Hour Preceptorship 

    Guidelines for 640 Hour Preceptorship  

    Guidelines for 480 - 640 Hour Preceptorship 

    Information for Graduates of Nontraditional Nursing Education Programs  

    The Board will review any reentry information once the reentry program information is provided on the Georgia Board of Nursing reentry forms and an active application is on file.  Please note that the Georgia Board of Nursing requires reentry candidates to complete a study of the Georgia Nurse Practice Act and Board Rules.  Candidates must also produce evidence of current healthcare provider CPR certification.  Please view the following information regarding reentry programs:

    Reentry Process Guidelines 

    Reentry Questions and Answers 

     

    The Georgia Board of Nursing does not provide legal advice regarding specific scope of practice questions.  Please click here to view the "Scope of Practice Decision Tree."  When used in conjunction with Georgia law and Board rules most individuals are able to answer their questions with relative ease.

    It is important to remember that nurse must practice within the scope and knowledge of his or her training and according to the policies and guidelines of his or her facility.

     

    Prescriptive authority for advanced practice registered nurses is regulated by the Georgia Composite Medical Board (www.medicalboard.georgia.gov).  Please view the following information available at the Medical Board's website:

    Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Forms

    APRN Rules Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 43-34-25

    Frequently Asked Questions for APRNS

    Sample APRN Agreement for Family Practice


    Please submit your request by email to nursing@sos.ga.gov; by fax to 877-371-5712 or by mail to 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217.  Please be sure to include your name, license number, social security number, your new name, and a copy of the legal documentation granting the name change.


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