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 are not eligible to return to their former nursing program will not be able to apply to the Wellstar School of Nursing program.

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Deadlines

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 - June 27 for admission in January of the following year. Due to annual maintenance, the Spring 2023 application submission will open on Friday, February 4, 2022.
  • Fall Semester (of any year): Applications must be submitted between July 1 - January 31 for admission in August of the current year 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 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 Admissions at nu_admissions@kennesaw.edu 

*Wellstar Nursing TEAS can be purchased through at ATI Nursing Education.*

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Program Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements for competitive admission to the Traditional BSN program:

Current 2021 academic catalog:

  • Must have an active application on file to attend Kennesaw State University or be a currently enrolled student and have been enrolled within the last three semesters.
    Must be able to log into Owl Express to access application for Nursing.
    Must complete at least 7 of the following 12 prerequisite courses before the nursing application deadline — at least 5 of the 7 MUST be in math & science requirements. However, 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 12 courses must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to entering the program and enrolling in NURS 3209 - Holistic Nursing:
    • MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 (or higher)—Math Modeling or College Algebra
    • STAT 1401 (formerly STAT/MATH 1107)—Statistics (or approved equivalent)
    • CHEM 1151 and 1151L—Chemistry I with Lab*
    • CHEM 1152 and 1152L—Chemistry II with Lab* (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 
    • ENGL 1102—Composition II
    • PSYC 1101—Introductory Psychology
    • PSYC 2103—Introduction to Human Development
    • SOCI 1101—Introduction to Sociology (or any other Area E4 Social Sciences)

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

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

NOTE: All students must successfully complete American History (HIST 2111 or 2112) & American Government (POLS 1101), as required by the State of Georgia. This is a University requirement for graduation and overseen by the Registrar. This is separate from Nursing’s requirements. Make sure you meet this mandatory requirement prior to graduation.

Effective Fall 2022, for any new or transfer students planning to attend KSU Fall 2022 or later:

  • Must have an active application on file to attend Kennesaw State University or be a currently enrolled student and have been enrolled within the last three semesters.
  • Must be able to log into Owl Express to access application for Nursing.
  • Must complete at least 7 of the following 11 prerequisite courses before the nursing application deadline — at least 5 of the 7 MUST be in math & science requirements. However, 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 entering the program and enrolling in NURS 3209 - Holistic Nursing:
    • One Math course in Area A2 (MATH 1001, 1101 or higher)
    • CHEM 1151 and 1151L sequence OR CHEM 1211 and 1211L sequence Chemistry I with lab; OR PHYS 1111 and 1111L sequence – Physics I with lab; OR  BIOL 1107 and 1107L sequence – Biology I with lab
    • CHEM 1152 and 1152L OR CHEM 1212 and 1212L sequence Chemistry II with lab; OR PHYS 1112 and 1112L sequence Physics II with lab; OR BIOL 1108 and 1108L sequence – Biology II with lab
    • 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
    • One Area E4 Social Sciences course

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

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

NOTE: All students must successfully complete American History (HIST 2111 or 2112) & American Government (POLS 1101), as required by the State of Georgia. This is a University requirement for graduation and overseen by the Registrar. This is separate from Nursing’s requirements. Make sure you meet this mandatory requirement prior to graduation.

  • GPA of 3.0 or above at the time of nursing application deadline. Cumulative KSU GPA will be reviewed for students who have completed 18 or more credit hours at KSU by the nursing application deadline; Transfer GPA will be reviewed for students who have completed less than 18 credit hours at KSU by the nursing application deadline.
  • A grade of C or better in all prerequisite and major requirements—courses may only be repeated once
  • A minimum score of 78 on the ATI TEAS Entrance Exam (limited to 2 attempts in a twelve month period)

 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. 

If you have any questions about the BSN program prerequisites or admissions policies, please contact Nursing Admissions at nu_admissions@kennesaw.edu 

Curriculum

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.

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 DegreeWorks 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 15 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.

General Education Requirements 

KSU Course Catalog – General Education Requirements Specific to this Major

Current 2021 academic catalog:

Must take SOCI 1101, CHEM 1151 AND LAB, CHEM 1152 AND LAB (CHEM 1211/1212 sequence allowed), and STAT 1401 (formerly STATMATH 1107) as General Education Requirements

Effective Fall 2022, for any new or transfer students planning to attend KSU Fall 2022 or later:

Must take a two-semester laboratory sequence for Area D2. Students can choose from CHEM 1151/L and 1152/L, CHEM 1211/L and 1212/L, PHYS 1111/L and 1112/L, or BIOL 1107/L and BIOL 1108/L. 

If you have any questions about the General Education Requirements, please contact an advisor at wellstaradvising@kennesaw.edu

Lower Division Major Requirements

Area F

18 Credit Hours

Current 2021 academic catalog:

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

PSYC 2103 – Introduction to Human Development

Effective Fall 2022, for any new or transfer students planning to attend KSU Fall 2022 or later:

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 course calendar varies by which semester you start the program. View the starting semester below to see the curriculum grid:

NOTE- EFFECTIVE FALL 2022, the following changes will occur:

  • NURS 3304 will replace the BIOL 3317 requirement
  • NURS 3314, NURS 4412, and NURS 4414 will increase one credit hour
  • NURS 4419 will replace the two separate courses, NURS 4416 and NURS 4417
  • The nursing electives requirement will be reduced from 6 credit hours to 3 credit hours

Beginning Fall Semester (Current 2021 academic catalog)

Fall Semester
NURS 3209 - 6 Hours
NURS 3309 - 3 Hours
BIOL 3317 - 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 - 3 Hours
NURS 3318 - 6 Hours
NURS Elective - 3 Hours** 
Spring Semester
NURS 4412 - 5 Hours
NURS 4414 - 3 Hours
NURS 4402 - 3 Hours*
Summer Semester
NURS 4416 - 3 Hours
NURS 4417 - 4 Hours
NURS Elective - 3 Hours**

Beginning Spring Semester (Current 2021 academic catalog)

Spring Semester
NURS 3209 - 6 Hours
NURS 3309 - 3 Hours
BIOL 3317 - 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 - 3 Hours
NURS 3318 - 6 Hours
NURS Elective - 3 Hours**
Summer Semester
NURS 4412 - 5 Hours
NURS 4414 - 3 Hours
NURS 4402 - 3 Hours*
Fall Semester
NURS 4416 - 3 Hours
NURS 4417 - 4 Hours
NURS Elective - 3 Hours**

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

**NURS Electives: See KSU Undergraduate Catalog (3 credit hours)
Free elective any course in University curriculum 3-0-3

Free Electives

3 Credit Hours

Select any course in the university curriculum

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program application

Owl Express > Student Services > Nursing Admission Application Form

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