Family Nurse Practitioner Program

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Advance your career and scope of practice—and earning potential—with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Gain the credentials that will allow you to practice in all healthcare settings with the greatest employment potential.

The Wellstar MSN Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is a professional degree which prepares experienced Registered Nurses to sit for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The program builds on the background of professional nurses to prepare them to function as primary care givers in the emerging collaborative world of healthcare.

Housed in the Wellstar College of Health & Human Services, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nurse Practitioner Program maintains close community ties with a variety of healthcare agencies. A heavy emphasis is placed upon precepted clinical experiences.

The Wellstar MSN Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program is a 40 semester hour course of study which consists of three components:

  • 14 credit hours of core classes
  • 8 credit hours of primary care area of concentration
  • 18 credit hours of residency

Please note: All classes are offered in an alternate weekend schedule.

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Admission Criteria

Admission decisions for acceptance into Kennesaw State University’s Wellstar Nurse Practitioner school are based on the overall evaluation of the following components:

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited institution with a satisfactory GPA of at least 3.0
  • Minimum one year of full-time professional experience as a Registered Nurse, documented in a professional resume (experience must have occurred within the last five years and have involved direct patient care)
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the state of Georgia (submit copy)
  • Written statement of personal program goals
  • Undergraduate research course
  • Two professional letters of reference

In Summer 2017, the Wellstar School of Nursing eliminated the GRE as an admissions requirement because research has shown that the examination does not accurately predict student success in graduate nursing programs. The years of experience requirement was eliminated or reduced to allow earlier entry into the graduate programs. These changes reduce barriers to entry and, over time, will result in more MSN-prepared graduates in the workplace.

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline, December 5th, Regular Deadline May 1st.
Apply Here

If you have any questions about any aspect of the program, please contact an advisor to learn more.

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Transfer Credit

Up to 9 semester hours or 15 quarter hours of graduate work from other accredited institutions may be transferred. This work must correspond to the MSN curriculum at Kennesaw State University. Decisions regarding potential transfer will be made by the Program Coordinator. 

If you have any questions about any aspect of the program, please contact an advisor to learn more.

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Grades and Progression

Students must earn a grade of B (80) or better in each course to progress in the program. See the Graduate Catalog link for Academic Policies for further information about Academic Warning and Academic Exclusion. 

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Candidacy for Graduation

To graduate, a grade of B (80) or better is required in all courses. MSN candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of their degree requirements.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the program, please contact an advisor to learn more.

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Schedule of Courses

Fall Semester
NURS 7735 - 4 Hours
NURS 7755 - 2 Hours
NURS 7765 - 2 Hours
Clinical - 90 Hours
Spring Semester
NURS 7725 - 2 Hours
NURS 7746 - 2 Hours
NURS 7800 - 3 Hours
NURS 7850 - 4 Hours
Clinical - 135 Hours
Summer Semester
NURS 7715 - 2 Hours
NURS 7805 - 3 Hours
NURS 7851 - 4 Hours
Clinical - 135 Hours
Fall Semester
NURS 7830 - 2 Hours
NURS 7852 - 4 Hours
NURS 7853 - 4 Hours
NURS 7854 - 2 Hours
Clinical - 270 Hours
course details

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Contact an Advisor

Linda Gay, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor
Wellstar School of Nursing
520 Parliament Garden Way NW
Prillaman Hall, Room 3012
Kennesaw, GA 30144
p: 470-578-6061


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