Traditional BSN Program

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The WellStar School of Nursing offers 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. 

*Accelerated program students refer to the information available under Accelerated.

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Program applications must be completed and submitted by the deadline to be eligible for consideration:

  • Spring Semester (of any year): Applications must be submitted between February 1 - June 30 for admission the following January.
  • Fall Semester (of any year): Applications must be submitted between July 1 - January 31 for admission the following August.

If you have any questions after looking over the information presented above, please contact the Advising Center at

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Program Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements for competitive admission to the BSN program:

  • Must have an active application on file to attend Kennesaw State University or a currently enrolled student. Must be able to log into Owl Express to access application for Nursing.
  • Must complete at least 7 of the following 12 prerequisite courses prior to applying to the nursing program (5 of the 7 MUST be in Math and Science). All 12 courses must be completed prior to entering NURS 3209 - Holistic Nursing:

    MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 (or higher)—Math Modeling or College Algebra
    STAT 1107 (formerly MATH 1107)—Statistics
    CHEM 1151/1151L and CHEM 1152/1152L*
    (or CHEM 1211/1211L, CHEM 1212/1212L sequence)*
    BIOL 2221 and BIOL 2221L—Anatomy and Physiology I & Lab*
    BIOL 2222 and BIOL 2222L—Anatomy and Physiology II & Lab*
    BIOL 2261 and BIOL 2261L—Microbiology & Lab*
    ENGL 1101—Composition I
    ENGL 1102—Composition II
    PSYC 1101—General Psychology
    PSYC 3305—Life-Span Developmental Psychology
    SOCI 1101—Introduction to Sociology

    *Science courses older than 10 years at time of application must be retaken for consideration into the program 

  • Cumulative (Regents) GPA of at least 3.0
  • A grade of C or better in all prerequisite and major requirements—courses may only be repeated once

Kennesaw State University’s Nursing program encourages you to declare Nursing as your major and begin taking the general education component of the program at your earliest convenience. Keep in mind, however, that the Nursing program is highly competitive, with many more applicants than the number of students that can be accommodated. Students earning the greatest number of As and Bs in the prerequisite courses are the most likely to gain admission.

It is most advantageous to discuss your goals, timeline, and outside commitments with the Advising Center staff ( to determine your course load.

If you have any questions about the BSN program prerequisites, or admissions policies, please contact

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All KSU students must complete the 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 you 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. If you think this might be the case for you, please contact the Advising Center at to discuss the matter. Students who have earned an undergraduate degree in an institution outside of the United States, must fulfill General Education Requirements and University-Wide Degree Requirements. Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Catalog

Once accepted into the BSN program, you will take a series of 14 courses (42 credit hours) over five semesters. Courses must be taken sequentially, and the exact schedule of courses varies depending on the semester in which you begin the program.

General Education Requirements (43 Credit Hours)
KSU Course Catalog—General Education Requirements

Must take SOCI 1101, CHEM 1151 AND LAB, CHEM 1152 AND LAB, and STAT 1107 (formerly MATH 1107) as a General Education Requirement

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (17 Credit Hours)

Directed or General Electives (2-3 Credit Hours)
BIOL 2221 and LAB—Anatomy and Physiology I & Lab*
BIOL 2222 and LAB—Anatomy and Physiology II & Lab*
BIOL 2261 and LAB—Microbiology & Lab*

PSYC 1101 General Psychology

Upper Division Major Requirements (57 Credit Hours)

NURS 3209—Theoretical Basis for Holistic Nursing & Health
NURS 3302—Professionalism and Ethics in Nursing
NURS 3303—Clinical Pharmacology for Nurses
NURS 3309—Health Assessment
NURS 3313—Adult Health Nursing
NURS 3314—Mental Health Nursing
NURS 3318—Parent-Child Nursing
NURS 4402—Nursing Research for Evidence-based Practice
NURS 4412—Community Health Nursing
NURS 4414—Complex Health Nursing
NURS 4416—Leadership in Nursing
NURS 4417—Advanced Clinical Practicum
Nursing Elective (3 Credit Hours)
BIOL 3317—Pathophysiology
PSYC 3305—Life-Span Developmental Psychology

Free Electives (3 Credit Hours)

Select any course in the university curriculum

Total Program Hours: 120 Credit Hours (plus University-Wide Requirements)

University-Wide Degree Requirements
KSU Undergraduate Catalog

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program application

Owl Express > Student Services > Nursing Admission Application Form

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