Traditional BSN Program

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Overview

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.

Students who were previously enrolled in another nursing program and were dismissed from their former nursing program for any reason will not be eligible for admission to the Wellstar School of Nursing.

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Deadlines

Nursing program applications must be completed and submitted by the deadline to be eligible for consideration: Students must select only one program to apply for.

  • Spring Semester (of any year): Applications must be submitted between February 1 - August 10 for admission in January following the deadline.

  • Fall Semester (of any year): Applications must be submitted between August 15 - January 31 for admission in August following the deadline.

It is recommended that transfer students apply to KSU and have their transcripts from all previous institutions sent at least 3 months before the nursing application deadline. While the process most likely will occur much quicker than 3 months, this will allow for delays of transcripts from other institutions and transcript review by KSU.

If you have any questions after looking over the information presented above, please contact Nursing nu_admissions@kennesaw.edu 

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Program Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Traditional BSN program:

  • Must be admitted to KSU or be a currently enrolled student.  Students admitted to KSU but are inactive for 3 consecutive semesters must reapply to the university.
  • Once admitted to KSU, must be able to log into Owl Express to access application for Nursing program.
  • Must complete at least 7 of the following 11 prerequisite courses before the nursing application deadline — at least 5 of the 7 MUST be from the math & science requirements.
    • *Note: students who have successfully completed all of their prerequisite courses at the time of nursing application deadline, with strong performance in the natural science and mathematics courses, may have a stronger chance of being admitted.
  • All 11 courses must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to beginning the BSN program–:
    • One Math course in Area A2**
    • One Area E4** Social Sciences course
    • One of the following science-with-lab sequences*:
      • CHEM 1151 and 1151L & 1152 and 1152L -OR-
      • CHEM 1211 and 1211L & 1212 and 1212L -OR-
      • BIOL 1107 and 1107L & 1108 and 1108L -OR-
      • PHYS 1111 and 1111L & 1112 and 1112L
    • STAT 1401, Elementary Statistics
    • 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—Introductory Psychology

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

**Areas A2 and E4 

*Courses can only be repeated once. Nursing will only accept the first two attempts of prerequisites.

Requirements once accepted into the BSN Program:

  • A grade of C or better in all prerequisite and major requirements—courses may only be repeated once


NOTE: There are other KSU general education requirements that all students must meet before graduation. These do not impact students’ applications to the nursing program, but they must be completed for graduation. All general education requirements can be found in the academic catalog.

If you have any questions about the Traditional BSN program prerequisites, course substitutions, or any other aspect of the program, please contact Nursing Admissions at nu_admissions@kennesaw.edu. To accurately address your questions about Nursing Admissions and the requirements, please contact us directly. Although you may seek and obtain information from other sources, the most accurate information about admission to our program is contained on the WSON website, in the University Undergraduate Catalog, or by contacting us at the email above.

KSU’s Nursing program encourages you to declare Nursing-Interest 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. 

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Curriculum

General Education Requirements

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 you can graduate with a BSN degree.

PLEASE NOTE: This statement should not be interpreted to mean the nursing prerequisite requirements can be taken while you are in Nursing; they must all be completed prior to beginning the program.

Please keep in mind that the Nursing curriculum is very rigorous and does not allow a lot of flexibility with scheduling given the hours for clinicals and labs. Please plan accordingly if you have not fully met General Education Requirements per the University System of Georgia’s guidelines.

Transfer students and students who already hold a degree in another field may already meet some or all of these general core requirements. Please refer to your Degree Works link in Owl Express. If you have any further questions, please contact the Advising Center at wellstaradvising@kennesaw.edu.

Once accepted into the BSN program, you will take a series of 13 courses (57 credit hours) over six semesters. Courses must be taken sequentially, and the exact schedule of courses varies depending on the semester in which you begin the program.

Lower Division Major Requirements

Area F

18 Credit Hours as follows:

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—Introductory Psychology
STAT 1401 – Elementary Statistics

Upper Division Major Requirements 

57 Credit Hours

The semester-by-semester curriculum plan varies by which semester you start the program. View the starting semester below to see the curriculum grid:

Beginning Fall Semester 

Fall Semester
NURS 3209 - 6 Hours
NURS 3309 - 3 Hours
NURS 3304 - 3 Hours
Spring Semester
NURS 3313 - 6 Hours
NURS 3302 - 3 Hours
NURS 3303 - 3 Hours
Summer Semester
No NURS courses
Fall Semester
NURS 3314 - 4 Hours
NURS 3318 - 6 Hours
NURS Elective - 3 Hours** 
Spring Semester
NURS 4412 - 6 Hours
NURS 4414 - 4 Hours
NURS 4402 - 3 Hours*
Summer Semester
NURS 4419 – 7 Hours

Beginning Spring Semester 

Spring Semester
NURS 3209 - 6 Hours
NURS 3309 - 3 Hours
NURS 3304 - 3 Hours
Summer Semester
No NURS courses
Fall Semester
NURS 3313 - 6 Hours
NURS 3302 - 3 Hours
NURS 3303 - 3 Hours
Spring Semester
NURS 3314 - 4 Hours
NURS 3318 - 6 Hours
NURS Elective - 3 Hours**
Summer Semester
NURS 4412 - 6 HoursNURS 4414 - 4 HoursNURS 4402 - 3 Hours*
Fall Semester 
NURS 4419 – 7 Hours

*NURS 4402 - May be taken at any point in the curriculum.

**NURS Elective: May be taken at other points in the curriculum. 

Free elective: 2 credit hours; any course in University curriculum. 

There is also one carry-over hour for the core curriculum Area D credits.

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Program Application

Owl Express > Student Services > Nursing Admission Application Form

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