In Georgia, the educational paths for a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Licensed Practical Nurse have different requirements leading to the licensing exam. As of 2011, no bridge program exists in the state to advance from a CNA to an LPN. A CNA who wishes to become an LPN will be required to enter into and complete an approved LPN program prior to the licensing exam.
LPN Educational Requirements
The Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses is responsible for approving LPN programs throughout the state. In 2010, over 40 technical schools and colleges offered LPN programs in Georgia. These programs require 700 hours of related coursework and 700 hours of clinical study.
To work as an LPN in Georgia, you must complete the approved LPN program and take the NCLEX-PN exam. If the exam is not passed on the first attempt, you must wait 45 days before attempting the exam again. After passing the exam, submit an application for licensing to the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses for approval.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of LPNs is expected to grow at a rate of 21% by 2018. LPNs working with the elderly will be in the highest demand, but growth is expected across the health care industry.
According to the BLS, Georgia's LPNs earned an average wage of $36,170 in 2010. The 90th percentile of LPNs earned $47,410 and the 10th percentile earned $26,640. Experience, tenure, work environment and job duties directly impact the salary levels of LPNs.