The Wellstar School of Nursing (WSON) offers both traditional and accelerated BSN programs for students who want to become a registered nurse. The curriculum includes courses in the humanities and the biological and social sciences as well as the theoretical and clinical practice background necessary for the practice of professional nursing.
Once accepted into the BSN program, students will follow a specific curriculum plan. The traditional program is five semesters (with no required classes first summer semester of program). The accelerated program is an abbreviated four-semesters for students who hold a baccalaureate degree in another discipline (from an accredited U.S. institution, or equivalent international degree). All program admission requirements are the same for traditional and accelerated applicants, except for the requirement to hold a baccalaureate degree in another field of study for the accelerated program. Students in both the traditional and accelerated programs will sequentially take a series of 13 courses (57 credit hours) as outlined in the BSN Curriculum Plan. The exact schedule and sequence of courses varies depending on the semester in which students begin the program, as well as whether they are traditional or accelerated. Refer to the WSON website for additional details about both programs.
In addition, all KSU students must complete KSU’s General Education Requirements and University-Wide Degree Requirements to graduate with any Bachelor’s degree. These courses can be taken before, during, or after acceptance and completion of the BSN program, but all courses must be completed before students can graduate with a BSN degree. Transfer students and students who already hold a degree in another field may already meet some or all of these general core requirements.
The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is to prepare graduates for generalist nursing practice. Graduates will be prepared to practice with patients including individuals, families, groups, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments. Upon completion of this program graduates will:
- Synthesize knowledge from a liberal education including social science, natural science, nursing science, and the art and ethics of caring as a foundation for providing holistic nursing care.
- Implement competent, patient-centered care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations along the health-illness continuum and throughout the lifespan within multicultural environments.
- Utilize leadership skills to critically examine and continuously improve healthcare delivery systems, with emphasis on safety, quality, and fiscal responsibility.
- Analyze current research and apply conceptual/theoretical models for translating evidence into clinical practice.
- Apply knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality patient care.
- Identify the significance of local, state, national, and global healthcare policies including financial and regulatory environments.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills with an interdisciplinary healthcare team including collaboration, negotiation, and conflict management.
- Employ principles of health promotion, and disease/injury prevention in providing care to individuals and populations.
- Assume responsibility and accountability for professionalism, including lifelong learning, and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice in the practice of nursing.
This program is a part of the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services .
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.
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Admission to the Nursing program is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. Students must meet the following program requirements to pursue this degree program.
Requirements for students include:
- Annual health history and physical exam
- Immunizations and proof of immunity to specified communicable diseases as required by clinical agencies
- Annual tuberculosis screening (more frequently for some clinical agencies)
- Mandatory health insurance coverage
- Certification in health care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation by the American Heart Association
- Uniforms (must be purchased from designated School of Nursing vendor), stethoscope, a suitable watch, and other supplies.
- An initial fee of approximately $500.00 to cover the cost of achievement exams taken during the program, $15 for professional liability insurance, $90 per semester for lab supplies, and credentialing software activation fees ($50 annually + other fees applicable). Note: Costs are estimates and may vary. Additional expenses may be incurred throughout the nursing program where applicable.
- Attend mandatory nursing orientation session prior to entry into the nursing program
- Criminal background check and drug screen (cost incurred by student) must be conducted by vendor designated by the School of Nursing. Dismissal from the program may result if student is not capable of meeting clinical agency requirements for criminal background check and/or is found to have a positive drug screen.
- Students’ health records will be released to clinical agencies when requested for clinical credentialing. Students enrolled in clinical nursing courses who have not met the above requirements may be administratively withdrawn from courses.
- Students must be able to attend their assigned clinical days and provide their own transportation. In addition, they must adhere to clinical agency credentialing requirements to attend clinical. This includes all vaccination requirements of the agency. Successfully completing clinical is a requirement for progression in the nursing program.
Baccalaureate Program Admission Criteria
- Must be admitted to Kennesaw State University and have a KSU ID and email address.
- Students must complete all of the following (with a C or higher in each course) prior to beginning the Nursing program: General Education Areas A1, A2, D2 (two-semester laboratory sequence: CHEM 1151 , CHEM 1151L , CHEM 1152 , & CHEM 1152L ; PHYS 1111 , PHYS 1111L , PHYS 1112 , & PHYS 1112L ; or BIOL 1107 , BIOL 1107L , BIOL 1108 , & BIOL 1108L ), E4, and Area F (PSYC 1101 , STAT 1401 , BIOL 2251 , BIOL 2251L , BIOL 2252 , BIOL 2252L , BIOL 2260 , and BIOL 2260L ).
- Applicants must successfully complete 7 of the 11 prerequisite requirements before the nursing application deadline (for the semester in which applicant is applying for), to be considered for admission. In addition, 5 of the 7 math and natural science courses must be successfully completed by the nursing application deadline to be considered. Note: courses with a lab component will be considered one prerequisite. Note: If an applicant is invited for admission but does not successfully complete all 11 prerequisite courses before starting the nursing program, their admission will be cancelled.
- Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the time of the applicable nursing application deadline. For students who have completed less than 18 credit hours at KSU by the nursing application deadline, their transfer GPA will be reviewed. For students who have completed 18 or more credit hours at KSU by the nursing application deadline, their KSU cumulative GPA will be reviewed.
- In order for transfer courses to be considered for nursing admission, they must be transferred and verified by the KSU Registrar’s Office by the nursing application deadline.
- A minimum grade of “C” is required for each prerequisite course. The Wellstar School of Nursing will only accept the first two graded attempts of each math and science prerequisite; however, a third attempt may be taken after five years. Science courses older than ten years at time of application will not be accepted.
Admission is a competitive process and will be based on a combination of several factors such as number of required prerequisite courses completed at the time of nursing application deadline, grades received in these courses, and the score received on the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skill) exam. Applicants must achieve a minimum of 78 on the ATI TEAS exam. Applicants must take the ATI TEAS exam within 5 years prior to the nursing application deadline; a score of 78 or higher is recommended but lower scores may be considered. Cost is incurred by the student.
Applications for entry into the baccalaureate nursing sequence must be completed by published deadlines.
Decisions regarding admission into the nursing sequence and progression in the program will be made by a nursing Admissions, Progression and Retention committee.
Students who were previously enrolled in a nursing program and were dismissed from the program for any reason will not be eligible for admission to the KSU Nursing Program.
Transfer Credit for Nursing Courses
Transfer credit for nursing courses are rarely awarded toward a BSN degree in the KSU Nursing Program. In order for any course to be considered for transfer credit, the nursing course must be from an accredited nursing program and evaluated and approved by the Director or designee. The course must also have been completed within the past two years and a grade of “B” or better, received in the course. Transfers will be considered only if there is an open available space in the Nursing Program.
Criteria for progression to the junior and senior year and graduation from the baccalaureate degree program are as follows:
If a student leaves the program temporarily, whether by choice or because of failure, readmission to the nursing sequence is not guaranteed. Eligible students who drop out of the nursing sequence for any reason will be readmitted to the sequence on a space-available basis. Students will be accommodated in rank order according to their GPA. Students interested in reentry must notify the Director in writing of their interest. If a student has been on a leave from the nursing program for more than 24 months, the student will need to reapply for admission to the program and repeat the entire sequence of required nursing courses.
Admission, Progression, and Retention Decision Appeals
A formal appeal of a decision to deny admission, to delay progression, or to dismiss a student from the Wellstar School of Nursing may be made to the Admissions, Progression and Retention Committee within 30 days of notification. Prior to an appeal, students are encouraged to meet with the Associate Director of the WSON for Undergraduate Programs or designee. The committee will review the student appeal, WSON academic and clinical history, and any exceptional or extenuating circumstances. The committee will notify the student of the decision in writing. If a student wishes to appeal the decision of the Admissions, Progression and Retention Committee, a formal appeal must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Wellstar School of Nursing or designee within 30 days of receipt of notification of the Committee’s decision. The decision of the Director is final.
For students readmitted to the Nursing Program through the appeals process, should they fail one or more courses in the nursing curriculum, they will be dismissed from the program again but may make a formal appeal of the dismissal decision as previously described.
Core Performance Standards
The Wellstar College of Health and Human Services has adopted core performance standards for admission and progression within the nursing major. These standards identify the abilities and skills necessary to perform in an independent manner. If a student admitted to the program believes that they cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodations or modifications, then the student should notify the Director of the School of Nursing (or designee) in writing. The nursing program will determine, on an individual basis, whether or not necessary accommodations or modifications can reasonably be made. Core performance standards for admission and progression are contained in the WSON Student Handbook for the Undergraduate Nursing Program (which is available online at the Wellstar School of Nursing website), and on the acceptance contract for admission to the nursing program.
Each student is expected to meet the Academic Policies Graduation Policies and Procedures outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Catalog.
The program of study in nursing offers the opportunity to obtain a BSN degree. After completion of the degree, graduates will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) to practice as a registered nurse (R.N.). All applicants must be aware that the state examining board has the right to refuse to grant a registered nurse license to any individual regardless of educational credentials under circumstances of (1) falsification of application for licensure (2) conviction of a felony or crime of moral turpitude; other moral and legal violations specified in the Georgia law.