Graduate – Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Wellstar Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The WellStar Primary Care Nurse Practitioner MSN Program will prepare you to function as a primary caregiver. With this designation, you can enjoy more career autonomy and have increased earning potential. You’ll also be prepared to sit for national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Shortest Nurse Practitioner Program in Georgia

The program is conducted on KSU’s Kennesaw, Ga., campus on alternate weekends and is the shortest nurse practitioner in Georgia, only four semesters or 15 months.

Emphasis on Precepted Practicum Experiences

The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner content provides hands-on training and in-depth knowledge with a heavy emphasis on precepted practicum experiences. Courses explore healthcare theory, pharmacology, research, assessment, clinical management, diversity, and other concepts necessary for success as an NP.  The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

ccne accredited

Welcoming Learning Environment

The Nurse Practitioner learning environment at KSU is welcoming, with small classes which promote collaboration with classmates and faculty. The program has a broad array of preceptor 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.

No 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 a 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.

What Can You Do with A Nursing Degree?

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

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

MSN-Nurse Practitioner Salary and Career Information

You Can Take Advantage of 45% Job Growth

Because of changes in healthcare delivery, nurse practitioners’ job outlook is very promising. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 45 percent job growth for nurse practitioners from 2019-2029. With a highly-regarded KSU Nurse Practitioner MSN, you’ll have the credentials, experience, and network needed to advance in your career.

Practice types where KSU NP graduates have found employment in the past few years include family practice, cardiology, fast track ED, neurology, ENT, internal medicine, urology, urgent care, GYN oncology, and pulmonology.

*Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net Online

MS in Nursing Primary Care 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. 

Department Contact Information

Kennesaw State University

Wellstar Schoool of Nursing

520 Parliament Garden Way NW

Prillaman Health Sciences, Room 3102 Mail Drop 4102

Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

Karen Fegely, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor

Prillaman Health Sciences, Room 3025

Phone: (470) 578-6066



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1Program tuition is an estimate based on the average student's time to complete. Costs for books, travel, other miscellaneous fees (parking, labs, graduation, etc.) are not included. Tuition and fee changes are posted in the Spring and are effective for Fall semester. Please note that fees are subject to change at the end of any academic term without prior notice. For additional information, see tuition and fees or graduate program financial aid