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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.
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 pass NCLEX-RN within three (3) years of the date of graduation from a nursing education program.
Temporary permits are not issued to graduates. 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
You must apply for licensure by endorsement. Please click here for information regarding the endorsement process.
Effective, January 31, 2016, registered nurses will be required to submit documentation of continuing competency as a condition of licensure renewal. Effective March 31, 2017, licensed practical 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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
Please submit your request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.