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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

WellStar Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN

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Contact: Karen J. Fegely
Office: Prillaman Hall 3025
Phone: 470-578-3905
Fax: 470-578-6627
Email: kfegely@kennesaw.edu 
Web address: http://wellstarcollege.kennesaw.edu/nursing/

The WellStar Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program prepares the participating student to sit for national certification as a family nurse practitioner. The program is conducted on campus with an alternate weekend class schedule format and is completed in four semesters.

Housed in the WellStar College of Health and Human Services, the WellStar Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program maintains close community ties with a variety of health care agencies and providers.

The baccalaureate degree and master’s degree in nursing at Kennesaw State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

Requirements for Admission to the WellStar Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program

Admission decisions for acceptance into Kennesaw State University’s WellStar Nurse Practitioner Program are based on the overall evaluation of the following components: 

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited institution with a satisfactory GPA of at least 3.0. 
  • Minimum one year full-time professional experience as a Registered Nurse, documented in a professional résumé. (Experience must have occurred within the last five years and have involved direct patient care.) 
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the state of Georgia (submit copy).
  • Written statement of personal program goals.
  • Undergraduate research course.
  • Two professional letters of reference


International applicants have additional requirements. See Graduate Admissions  section of this catalog. Admission decisions are based on overall evaluation of all these elements.

Transfer Credit

Up to 15 quarter hours or nine semester hours of graduate work from other accredited institutions may be transferred. This work must correspond to the Kennesaw State University WellStar Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program curriculum. Decisions regarding this transfer will be made by the program director. The credit to be considered for transfer will not be more than five years old at the time the student enters.

Course Repeat Policy

A student may repeat any individual course in the MSN curriculum only once. Earning a grade of less than “B” in a course the second time it is taken will result in being dropped from the program.


Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in every course in order to progress in the program.

Petition to Graduate

MSN candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to the semester in which they complete their degree requirements. Petition to graduate forms are available in the program director’s office.

Program of Study

The WellStar Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program is fully accredited by CCNE, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This professional degree prepares experienced registered nurses to sit for certification as a family or adult nurse practitioner. The program builds on the background of professional nurses to prepare them to function as primary care givers in the emerging collaborative world of health care.

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