Registered Nurse Refresher

Program Established in 1995

This course is open to registered nurses who are presently eligible for endorsement or reinstatement of licensure in Georgia because they have been inactive in nursing practice for four or more years. The Georgia Board's rule for endorsement states out-of-state applicants must be currently licensed (active) for licensure approval by Georgia Board. Registered nurses from other states should contact their respective Boards of Nursing to determine if this course meets their requirements for a registered nurse refresher course. A registered nurse refresher course may not be the only requirement for relicensure. Contact your local Board of Nursing for possible additional requirements.

A current or temporary Georgia Nursing License is required prior to beginning the clinical portion of the Refresher Program. The Georgia Board of Nursing requires an application for reinstatement if your Georgia Nursing License has expired. If you have an out-of-state nursing license that has not expired, you need to apply for endorsement and verification of licensure with the Georgia Board of Nursing. This Endorsement process should be completed prior to your registration for this course. An out-of-state nursing license that has expired must be reinstated by the issuing state before applying for endorsement. All forms and applications can be downloaded from the Georgia Board of Nursing Website.

The program consists of 40 hours of didactic study and 160 hours of precepted clinical hours in one clinical area.

The Registered Nurse Refresher Program has been approved by the Georgia State Board of Nursing.

Participant requirements for admission into program:

  • Participants must be a previously or currently U.S. licensed Registered Nurse (RN): A copy of the current or expired license must be provided to the WellStar College Division of Continuing Education within two weeks of registration.
  • RN Refresher participants must have had U.S. hospital experience within their nursing program and/or a minimum of six months previous practice as a registered nurse (RN) in the U.S.: Participants will be asked to provide the name and contact information for their latest hospital/acute care employer.
  • International nurses educated outside the U.S. must submit acceptable scores:
    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 79 IBT—internet based, 540 PBT—paper based, 207 CBT—computer based.
  • Criminal Background Check/Drug Screening (required for clinical access) must be conducted by vendor, designated by the WellStar College RN Refresher Program. 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. Those with background issues need to contact us prior to registration for advisement on obtaining required temporary license. Previous criminal conviction may prevent admission into the course.


On-Campus classes and Online orientations are held in the Prillaman Health Sciences building on the Kennesaw Campus.