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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN

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Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-3905

Program Description

The 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.  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.

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

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions for acceptance into Kennesaw State University’s Wellstar Nurse Practitioner Program are based on the overall evaluation of the following components, which go beyond the general Graduate Admissions  requirements:  

  • 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.

Admissions Criteria for Unique Cases

Students classified as non-degree students are not permitted to enroll in the Wellstar Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN.

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. 

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. For more information, please view the corresponding section of Academic Policies .


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. 

Program of Study

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