How do I transfer my LPN license to GA?

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I am a Licensed Practical nurse in MA. I have not practicing as a nurse for a time. Where can I take a refresher course in GA in order to be licensed in GA?

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Luckily, there are several courses for you.

Refresher Course

The Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON) approves LPN refresher courses, including 40 hours of online study and 160 hours of clinical study. These courses are intended for LPNs and RNs who have an active Georgia nursing license but haven't practiced for a while or who have a license in another state but want to apply for a Georgia license. 

Here are a couple found in a Google search, but please ensure that the Georgia Board of Nursing approves any courses you consider and the course meets their licensure requirements. 

Review their curriculum, duration, cost, and any prerequisites or requirements. Ensure that the course covers topics required for LPN licensure in Georgia and that it fits your schedule and budget.

Here are GA BRN's approved educational programs for LPNs: Reference - LPN Approved Programs.pdf 


Apply for the refresher course. Once you've identified a suitable refresher course, follow the application process outlined by the course provider. Be sure to complete any necessary paperwork and provide any required documentation.

The following checklist is from the Georgia Board of Nursing. Links are included in the checklist below, but I suggest you work directly from the site. The application fee is $75.00.If you have an active LPN license in MA, apply for endorsement if:

  • You are moving to GA, OR
  • You live in a non-compact state (MA is a non-compact state) OR
  • You are not eligible for multistate licensure in your home state.

Before submitting your application:

  • Background Check: Applicants should register with GAPS/Fieldprint on the same day as submitting their application for licensure. Please see the linked instructions.
  • After registering with GAPS/Fieldprint, applying for licensure, and processing the registration, you will receive an email from GAPS with instructions for completing fingerprinting.
  • Registering with GAPS/Fieldprint on the same day you submit your licensure application or the most efficient application processing is recommended.

Your Application Checklist:

Completed, signed, and notarized application with fee. Download application>>

This application can be submitted by mail only.  

  • Active Unencumbered License 
  • Official College Transcripts from your nursing school, which led to initial licensure 
  • Verification of Current Licensure 
  • Verification of Original Licensure 
  • TOEFL (English proficiency exam- if required) 
  • One of the following:

1. Proof of graduation from an approved nursing education program within four (4) years immediately preceding the date of application;

2. Verification of employment documenting (500) hours of licensed practice within the four (4) years immediately preceding the date of application. (from within the application packet); OR

3. Complete a board-approved reentry program. Download RNReentryy Packet>>

1. Court Documents 

2. Letter of Explanation 

3. Enrolled in Alternative to Discipline 

Any other additional information requested by the Board

Fees $75.00

By following these steps and conducting thorough research, you can find a suitable LPN refresher course in Georgia to help you become licensed and re-enter nursing.

Best wishes and good luck,

Nurse Beth