RN Reentry Program

The Foothills AHEC RN Reentry Program has been approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON) to provide the individualized combination of 40 hours of self-study relevant to nursing and 160 hours of supervised clinical nursing practice required by GBON for application or reinstatement of license as a registered nurse.

Program Purpose

The RN Reentry program is meant to help nurses who are presently ineligible for reinstatement of their license because it has lapsed or has been inactive to return to the health care workforce. Nurses who have active licenses but have not worked in a clinical setting for some time may also benefit from one or both parts of this program.


The program is also meant to provide continuing nursing education (CNE) credit. SOWEGA-AHEC is an approved provider of CNE by the Alabama State Nursing Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity is approved to award 40 contact hours. Approved Provider #5-157. (Activity #29385) 

Target Audience
  • RNs who wish to reinstate their lapsed GA nursing license by completing a required Board-approved re-entry program

  • RNs who have an active GA nursing license but have not practiced recently and wish to refresh their knowledge base and/or nursing skills in preparation to reenter the nursing profession in a clinical setting

  • RNs who have an active nursing license in another state but need to complete a required Board-approved reentry program to apply for a GA license

  • All candidates must be previously or currently U.S. licensed RNs with U.S. hospital experience within their nursing program and/or 6 months or more of practice as an RN in the U.S.

Program Requirements

The 40 hours of self- study modules must be completed before beginning the 160 hours of supervised clinical nursing practice. Upon completion of the 160 hours of supervised clinical nursing practice, verification will be sent to GBON to support the reinstatement of RN licensure.


Before the supervised clinical nursing practice begins, the applicant must provide documentation of the following to the RN Re-entry Coordinator:


  • a physical examination within the past 6 months indicating a good state of health

  • a PPD skin test or chest x-ray, as appropriate, within the past 12 months (some facilities may require two PPDs or proof of a negative PPD for two consecutive years)

  • a tetanus/diptheria booster within the past 10 years

  • a completed hepatitis B immunization series

  • immunization for MMR (or rubella-titer), polio, DPT, and varicella virus

  • American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Providers certification

  • active malpractice liability insurance ($1,000,000 each incident, $3,000,000 aggregate)

  • active accidental health insurance (medical coverage)


These are a list of basic requirements. There may be other requirements as part of the process of securing an agreement with a new clinical facility.

Program Tuition & Fees



  1. Partial Program: 40 hours of relevant nursing education through self-study modules = $400

  2. Full Program: Combination of 40 hours of self-study modules with the 160 hour supervised clinical nursing practice = $800

(Can be paid in two payments. The first payment of $400 dollars is collected when the modules are issued. The second payment of $400 is collected prior to beginning supervised clinical practice.)


Other Associated Fees:


  • immunizations

  • physical exam

  • malpractice insurance

  • AHA CPR training

  • background check

  • GBON application fee

  • scrubs and stethoscope for supervised clinical nursing practice