Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner

The Wellstar Primary Care Nurse Practitioner MSN program will prepare you to function as a primary caregiver. With accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, you can enjoy more career autonomy and have significant career potential. After graduating, you’ll also be prepared for national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (NP).

Shortest Nurse Practitioner Program in Georgia

This program is conducted on KSU’s Kennesaw campus on alternate weekends and is the shortest nurse practitioner program in Georgia, with only four semesters that can be completed in 15 months.

Emphasis on Practicum Experiences

The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner courses provide hands-on training and in-depth knowledge focusing on practicum experiences. Courses explore healthcare theory, pharmacology, research, assessment, clinical management, diversity, and other concepts necessary for success as a Nurse Practitioner.

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Welcoming Learning Environment

The Nurse Practitioner learning environment at KSU is welcoming, with small classes promoting collaboration with peers and faculty members. The program has a broad array of practicum sites in north Georgia, so you can put your skills to work and expand your professional network. The courses are taught by expert doctoral faculty who are experienced educators with relevant real-world experience.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format: Hybrid

Number of Credit Hours: 40 Total Hours

Entry Term: Fall

Time to Complete: 15-month Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Priority, December 5th
  • Fall Final, May 1st
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Admissions Requirements

GRE, One Year of Experience Required

The need for skilled and experienced nurse practitioners has increased dramatically in recent years, thus this program does not require GRE. It does require one year of full-time professional experience as a Registered Nurse (which must have occurred within the last five years and have involved direct patient care). You must also have a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited institution with a satisfactory grade-point average of at least 3.0. Program admission is very competitive so be sure to submit your application, application fee, and all required documents by the deadline: Dec. 5.

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu.
  • Statement of Personal Goals - Can be uploaded into the online application. A formal statement of personal goals for the program, maximum of 2 pages, double-spaced, that includes the following:
    • Your experience in the field, including volunteer experience.
    • Your reason(s) for choosing this degree program.
    • Your experience with research (if applicable).
    • Your career goals and how furthering your education with this degree will help you realize these goals.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should include the following when applicable: education, experience (work and volunteer), certifications, professional affiliations, special skills related to the field, and research presentations/publications
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - Can be sent electronically through the online application. Preferably from academic sources. 
  • Undergraduate Course - in research documented on transcripts.
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Nurse Practitioner Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Well-Respected in the Marketplace – KSU nursing graduates have been sought after by Georgia’s top-tier healthcare employers for the past 45 years.

  • Affordability – KSU’s nurse practitioner program is offered at a far lower cost than private universities and for-profit programs.

  • Valuable Hands-on Components – The program has established relationships with a broad array of preceptor practicum sites in north Georgia.

  • Tuition Reimbursement - Many local healthcare employers offer tuition reimbursement for graduate study. Check with your employer’s human resources personnel to find out if you qualify.

  • Class Schedule – KSU’s NP classes are held on campus on alternate weekends for four semesters or 15 months. It’s the shortest NP program in Georgia!

What can you do with a Nurse Practitioner degree?

The Nurse Practitioner degree will prepare you for a wide array of career paths to choose from, including clinical and nonclinical opportunities.

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • School Nurse
  • Physician's Office Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Legal Consultancy Nurse
  • Diabetes Management Nurse
  • Cruise Ship Nurse
  • Research Nurse
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner Salary and Career Information


Wellstar School of Nursing

Kennesaw State University
Wellstar School of Nursing
520 Parliament Garden Way NW
Prillaman Health Sciences, Room 3102
Mail Drop #4102
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

Phone: 470-578-6066

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