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Mar 22 2018

Top Nursing School – Atlanta, GA

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Top Nursing School – Atlanta, GA

School and Ranking Information

About seven schools within 25 miles of Atlanta offer nursing programs. Based on rankings and available program information, the top three schools in Atlanta are Emory University, Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University. All three schools were ranked among graduate nursing programs by U.S. News World Report. All three schools have high pass rates (above 90%) for the 2012 NCLEX-RN examination, according to the Georgia Board of Nursing.

  • Winner: Emory University had the highest-ranked program and was also ranked among schools with nurse-midwifery programs. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as post-graduate certificates. Emory also had the highest graduation rate at about 88% in 2011.
  • Runner-Up #1: Georgia State University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, along with post-graduate certificates. It was ranked 79th among nursing programs in the nation.
  • Runner-Up #2: Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate and graduate programs, but had the lowest-ranked graduate nursing program and graduation rate among the three.

School Comparison Chart

Georgia State University

Kennesaw State University

21st for graduate nursing programs in 2011, nationwide;
13th for nurse-midwifery graduate programs in 2011, nationwide*

79th for graduate nursing programs in 2011, nationwide*

193rd for graduate nursing programs in 2011, nationwide*

Kennesaw, GA (26 miles from Atlanta)

Four-year, private not-for-profit

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)

$42,980 (undergraduate);
$38,914 (graduate)**

$8,157 (in-state, undergraduate),
$22,725 (out-of-state, undergraduate);
$8,176 (in-state, graduate),
$23,728 (out-of-state, graduate)**

$5,522 (in-state, undergraduate),
$15,338 (out-of-state, undergraduate);
$7,834 (in-state, graduate),
$24,024 (out-of-state, graduate)**

Nursing Degree Levels Offered

Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; postgraduate certificates

Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; postgraduate certificates

Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees

Nursing Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2011-2012

  • Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership – Health Care Administration
  • Master
      • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (dual degree)
      • MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
      • M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education
      • MS in Nursing: Nursing Education
      • MBA: Health Systems Management
      • MS in Health Care Administration
  • Bachelor
      • BS in Nursing (Registered Nurse – R.N. to BSN)
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science

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