Board-recognized licensing examination is the National Council Licensure
Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), for which a passing result must
(2) An applicant must
pass the licensing examination within a three year period from the date of
(3) An applicant whose
period of eligibility has expired must reestablish eligibility as a duly
qualified applicant by enrolling in and graduating from an approved nursing
education program as defined in O.C.G.A. §
Applicants for licensure by examination
who have graduated from a nontraditional nursing education program as defined
in O.C.G.A. §
submit the following:
(a) A complete
application containing data required by the board attesting that all
information contained in, or referenced by, the application is complete and
accurate and is not false or misleading;
(b) The required application processing fee
which is not refundable;
Completed registration as required by the Board to cause the submission of a
criminal background check as required by O.C.G.A. §
(d) Official transcripts documenting
graduation from a nontraditional nursing education program;
(e) Secure and verifiable documentation of
United States citizenship or lawful presence in the United States as required
by Georgia law; and
additional information requested by the board needed to establish
Applicants who do not meet the requirements of O.C.G.A. §
must complete a Board approved, post graduate preceptorship as provided in
(6) At the discretion of the Board, a
temporary permit may be issued to an applicant for the purpose of practicing
nursing as a part of a Board approved preceptorship as provided in O.C.G.A.
The temporary permit shall be effective for a period of six months from the
date of issuance and may be renewed only one time for an additional six month
(7) An application is
active until the exam is taken or for one year, whichever comes first, after
which a new application and fee are required.
(8) An applicant who passes the licensing
examination and is under investigation for possible violation of the Nurse
Practice Act may not be issued a license until the matter is resolved to the
satisfaction of the Board. The license may be denied or sanctioned despite the
applicant meeting all other criteria for licensure.
For the purposes of this rule, the terms
below are defined as follows:
means the Georgia Board of Nursing.
(b) "Clinical experience" or "clinical
practice" means the "hands on" clinical practice of nursing.
(c) "Health care facility" means an acute
care inpatient facility, a long term acute care facility, an ambulatory
surgical center or obstetrical facility as defined in Code Section
and a skilled nursing facility so long as such skilled nursing care facility
has 100 beds or more and provides health care to patients with similar health
care needs as those patients in a long term care acute care facility.
(d) "Preceptorship" means a program of
clinical experience or clinical practice approved by the Board and arranged by
the applicant in which the applicant gains a stated number of hours of clinical
experience or clinical practice in a health care facility as required by
Georgia law. Preceptorships shall be under the close supervision of a
registered professional nurse where such applicant is transitioned into the
role of a registered professional nurse and the applicant performs duties
typically performed by registered professional nurses. Except as otherwise
provided in O.C.G.A. §
a preceptorship shall be in an acute care inpatient facility or a long-term
acute care facility; provided, however, that the board may authorize a
preceptorship in other facilities to obtain specialized experience in certain
areas. The preceptorship shall have prior approval of the board, and successful
completion of the preceptorship shall be documented in writing by the preceptor
stating that, in his or her opinion, the applicant has exhibited the critical
thinking abilities, clinical skills, and leadership abilities necessary to
practice as a beginning registered professional nurse.
"Preceptor" means a registered nurse
licensed by the Georgia Board of Nursing who:
1.Has a minimum of eighteen months experience
in an acute care practice setting; and
2.Has no history of disciplinary action with
any licensing board.
"Nontraditional Nursing Education Program" means a nursing education program
that has been approved by the Board and meets all the requirements of O.C.G.A.
(g) "Year" means a minimum of 1800 hours. For
example, one year of clinical experience or clinical practice means a minimum
of 1800 hours of clinical experience or clinical practice.
Ga. Comp. R.
& Regs. R. 410-2-.02
43-26-343-26-5, 43-26-7, and 43-26-8.
Original Rule was filed and
effective on June 30,
Amended: Filed November 15,
1966; effective December 4,
Amended: Filed November 2,
1973; effective November 22,
Amended: Original Rule entitled "Nursing Defined"
repealed and a new Rule entitled "Duties of Officers" adopted. Filed
March 18, 1976; effective
April 7, 1976.
Amended: Rule repealed. Filed
December 18, 1986; effective
January 7, 1987.
New rule entitled "Graduates of Nontraditional Nursing Education
Programs (RN)."F. Aug. 24, 2015; eff.