RN Refresher Course Curriculum

The Nurse Refresher Course consists of 40 hours of didactic study (theory) and 160 hours of precepted clinical hours in one clinical area (supervised clinical practicum). Two formats are available: online and on-campus.


You will be assigned to work side-by-side with a registered nurse practicing in a medical/surgical area. You will be required to complete 160 practicum hours in six weeks. 


In the theory portion of the course, you will review nursing care concepts and principles associated with various patient populations and nursing practice issues. These concepts include a review of the related practices of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. You can take the theory portion of the course online or on-campus.

Didactic (Theory) Study Options

  • You can start the Online Nurse Refresher Program in March or September.

    The online option has six weeks of content. Each week includes reading assignments, websites, quizzes, lectures, case studies, and discussion questions to facilitate critical thinking and learning. One week of online content is equal to one day in the on-campus course.

    You are expected to log on to the virtual classroom at least four out of seven days each week. You are also expected to be available for required quizzes each week and a final exam at the end of course.

    You will review assigned material and discuss related information and thoughts in the virtual classroom. Multiple methods of teaching and learning will be used: lecture, case studies, internet assignments, and individual conferences. The online nurse refresher course is designed to help you learn, but you are ultimately responsible to ensure that the learning takes place. Discussion questions and weekly quizzes will be based on textbook reading assignments, posted lecture notes, case studies, web research, and journal article readings. The quizzes are open book. The discussion questions that you post will provide a starting point for your colleagues' comments.


  • Start the On-campus Nurse Refresher Program in May.

    The on-campus option provides the same content review of the nursing care concepts as the online option. This program consists of a 40-hour theoretical component presented in eight days extending over a two-week timeframe. Each day involves eight hours of class on the Kennesaw State University Kennesaw Campus.


  • Required
    • Brunner & Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (latest edition). Authors: Hinkle and Cheever. Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
  • Optional
    • Henke's Med-Math: Dosage Calculation, Preparation & Administration (latest ed.) Susan Buchholz, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
    • Dosage Calculation: A Ration-Proportion Approach (latest ed.) Pickar, G. and Pickar-Abernathy, A. Cengage Learning.
    • Brunner and Suddarth’s Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests (latest ed.) Hinkle, J. L. and Cheever, K. H. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluer, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
    • Drug Reference: Davis' Drug Guide (lastest ed.) Deglin, Vallerand, & Russis, F.A. Davis.
    • IV Medications: Intravenous Medications (lastest ed.) Gahart, B. & C.V. Mosby.

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