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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

WellStar Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Accelerated Track for International Physicians, MSN

Dr. Marilyn King, Associate Director
Graduate Nursing Program

This Accelerated Track enables International Physicians to obtain a master’s degree as a nurse practitioner after completing a baccalaureate degree in nursing. This plan is based on the premise that students will be admitted in time to take the History and Political Science prerequisites in the summer prior to starting nursing courses. Lower Division Hours – 6; Total Nursing Undergraduate Hours – 54; Total Nursing Graduate Hours – 40 (with two research courses).

Year 1

Summer (Semester 1) (15 Credit Hours)

  • HIST 2112: American History (may take bypass exam)
  • POLS 1102: American Government (may take bypass exam)
  • BIOL 3317: Pathophysiology (may challenge)
  • NURS Elective
  • Free Elective

Fall (Semester 2) (12 Credit Hours)

  • NURS 3209: Holistic Nursing
  • NURS 3309: Health Assess (may challenge)
  • NURS 3303: Pharmacology (may challenge)

Spring (Semester 3) (12 Credit Hours)

  • NURS 3314: Mental Health
  • NURS 3313: Adult Health
  • NURS 3302: Ethics & Profession
  • NURS 4414: Complex (may challenge)

Year 2

Summer (Semester 4) (11-14 Credit Hours)

  • NURS 3318: Parent Child
  • NURS 4412: Community
  • NURS 4414: Complex (if challenge not passed)

Fall (Semester 5) (7-15 Credit Hours)

Begin paying Premium Pricing for FNP program.

  • NURS 4416: Leadership
  • NURS 4417: Clinical Practicum

Year 3


  • Take Certification Exam
  • Apply for APRN Licensure

Competency in US and Georgia History and US and Georgia Constitution MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO GRADUATION WITH THE BSN. Students must take POLS 1101 American Government and HIST 2112 American History at a Georgia institution to satisfy this requirement. On-campus bypass or CLEP exams may be taken to successfully satisfy this requirement.

Challenge Exams for course credit: International MD students admitted to MSNI status may “challenge” several courses to receive course credit by successfully completing a comprehensive examination of course content. The Undergraduate courses are: BIOL 3317 Pathophysiology, NURS 3303 Pharmacology, NURS 3309 Health Assessment, and NURS 4414 Complex Health. The Graduate courses are: NURS 7735 Advanced Health Assessment, NURS 7755 Advanced Pharmacology, and NURS 7765 Advanced Pathophysiology. Students must show evidence of successfully passing the challenge examination at an 80% level or above prior to the semester the course credit would be given.

Depending on past coursework, credit may be given for the following requirements: Directed Elective, Free Elective and Nursing Elective.