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Accelerated BSN Program

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

If you are considering taking the accelerated program and an accepted KSU student, please set up an appointment with the Advising Center to discuss your situation and to determine your ideal course load. This will allow you to effectively plan your smooth progression into the nursing program. 

*This program is only for students who hold a bachelor's degree in another field of study. Other students interested in nursing should look at the Traditional BSN program.

Students who have earned an undergraduate degree at an institution outside of the United States MUST fulfill General Education Requirements and University-Wide Degree Requirements first before they can be accepted to the Accelerated Nursing Program.

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Program applications must be completed and submitted by the deadline to be eligible for consideration:

  • Spring Semester (of any year): Applications must be submitted between February 1 - June 30 for admission in January of the following year.
  • 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.

If you have any questions after looking over the information presented above, please contact the Nursing Admissions office at nu_admissions@kennesaw.edu

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Program Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements for competitive admission to the Accelerated BSN program:

  • Must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (or equivalent international degree) with all KSU Core Requirements completed
  • Must have an active application on file for KSU 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 prior to applying to the nursing program— at least 5 of the 7 MUST be in math & science requirements. All 12 courses must be completed 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 1107 (formerly 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 with Lab*
    • BIOL 2222 and BIOL 2222L—Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab*
    • BIOL 2261 and BIOL 2261L—Microbiology with Lab*
    • ENGL 1101—Composition I
    • ENGL 1102—Composition II
    • PSYC 1101—Introductory Psychology
    • PSYC 3305—Life-Span Developmental Psychology
    • SOCI 1101—Introduction to Sociology

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

NOTE: All students must successfully complete American History (HIST 2111 or 2112) & American Government (POLS 1101), as required by the State of Georgia. Make sure you meet this mandatory requirement prior to graduation.

  • Cumulative KSU GPA of 3.0 (or transfer GPA for newly accepted KSU students)
  • A grade of C or better in all prerequisite and major requirements—courses may only be repeated once
  • Completion of the ATI TEAS Entrance Exam (limited to 2 attempts per calendar year)
    • A minimum TEAS score of 78

If you have any questions about the Accelerated BSN program prerequisites, course substitutions, or any other aspect of the program, please contact Nursing Admissions at nu_admissions@kennesaw.edu 

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All KSU students must complete KSU's General Education Requirements and University-Wide 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. Prerequisites MUST be completed prior to entering 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 further questions, please contact the Advising Center at wellstaradvising@kennesaw.edu 

General Education Requirements

KSU Course Catalog—General Education Requirements

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

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

Lower Division Major Requirements

Area F
18 Credit Hours
Directed or General Electives (3 Credit Hours)
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
*Science courses older than 10 years at the time of application must be retaken for consideration into Nursing

Upper Division Major Course 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.

Beginning Fall Semester

Fall Semester
BIOL 3317 - 3 Hours
NURS 3209 - 6 Hours
NURS 3309 - 3 Hours
NURS 4402 - 3 Hours
Spring Semester
NURS 3313 - 6 Hours
NURS 3303 - 3 Hours
NURS 3302 - 3 Hours
NURS 3314 - 3 Hours
Summer Semester
NURS 3318 - 6 Hours
NURS 4414 - 3 Hours
NURS Elective - 3 Hours
Fall Semester
NURS 4412 - 5 Hours
NURS 4416 - 3 Hours
NURS 4417 - 4 Hours

Beginning Spring Semester

Spring Semester
NURS 3209 - 6 Hours
NURS 3309 - 3 Hours
BIOL 3317 - 3 Hours
NURS 4402 - 3 Hours
Summer Semester
NURS 3313 - 6 Hours
NURS 3302 - 3 Hours
NURS 3303 - 3 Hours
NURS 3314 - 3 Hours
Fall Semester
NURS 3318 - 6 Hours
NURS 4414 - 3 Hours
NURS Elective - 3 Hours
Spring Semester
NURS 4412 - 5 Hours
NURS 4416 - 3 Hours
NURS 4417 - 4 Hours

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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