Nursing Program Overview


The Mission of the School of Nursing is in accordance with the missions of the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services and the University. The commitment delineated in the School’s mission statement is threefold:

  1. to create and sustain exemplary undergraduate and graduate nursing programs that promote academic excellence;
  2. to serve as leaders and as a community resource in the provision of services to consumers and agencies in collaboration with other disciplines; and
  3. to participate in research and other scholarly pursuits.

This commitment seeks to promote an environment that is consistent with quality teaching significant service, and meaningful scholarship programs.


The faculty of the Wellstar School of Nursing (WSON) believe that nursing, as an art and science, is committed to fulfilling an essential social responsibility to foster the health and well-being of patients, families and communities. The WSON philosophy, based on the values of caring, collaboration, advocacy, patient/family centered care and social justice, frames the faculty’s approach to education, service, scholarship and practice.

In congruence with Kennesaw State University’s mission statement, the faculty believe that learning is an active, dynamic, and life-long process.  Nursing education is learner centered*, grounded in mutual respect and shared responsibility that fosters individual and professional growth.  WSON is committed to providing professional mobility for all levels of nursing through innovative and creative instructional modalities and strategies.

WSON Core Values

The faculty in collaboration with students share the following core values:


  • Professional voice for patients, nursing, families and communities


  • The essence and central focus of nursing is what makes persons, their environments, and interpersonal concerns meaningful
  • Philosophical, interpersonal and technical components that interface to facilitate positive human interactions and environments


  • Working together in mutual respect to facilitate intra-professional and inter-professional actions for the benefit of the patients, families and communities.
  • The nurse is in a unique position to assume the role of leader

Patient/Family Centered Care

  • Respecting and incorporating the wishes, beliefs and values of the patient and family into holistic care

Social Justice

  • Recognizing and providing nursing care to diverse patients, families, and communities with equality, respect, and dignity

*”Learner centered teaching and learning combine a focus on a.) individual learners, taking into account their experience, perspectives, backgrounds, talents, interests, capacities, and needs and b.) the best available knowledge about learning and how it occurs” (Smith, Carpenter, & Fitzpatrick, 2015, p. 209)

Program Overview and Progression

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.

The Accelerated BSN is an abbreviated four-semester program for students who hold baccalaureate degrees in other disciplines.