WellStar College of Health and Human Services Makes a Difference

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Education Update: Kennesaw State University

The WellStar College of Health and Human Services is making significant contributions to excellence in education, community service (both locally and globally) and scholarship programs. It is comprised of three academic units – the WellStar School of Nursing, the Department of Social Work and Human Services and the Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Science.

One of the top producers of nurses in Georgia, the WellStar School of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, including a Doctorate in Nursing Science. The School of Nursing undergraduate program has one of the largest numbers of new BSN graduates in the state of Georgia and boasts a retention rate of approximately 90 percent. Additionally, the graduate nursing program graduates are the largest number of new nurse practitioners in the state, with certification rates on national examinations of 99 percent. The School of Nursing currently offers undergraduate programs on the Kennesaw campus and at two satellite sites in Rome and Jasper.

Students enrolled in the WellStar College learn from faculty who are among the most respected in their fields and bring a full range of practical and research experiences to the classroom. In addition, students will be challenged academically in programs that focus on real-world experiences. Through internships, clinical projects and community service and activities, WellStar students gain valuable hands-on learning opportunities that will prepare them for careers as leaders in the healthcare industry.

In August 2010, the WellStar College opened the doors to its new home, Prillaman Hall, named for long time KSU Foundation Trustee Bob Prillaman and his wife, Lil. The approximately 200,000-square-foot building provides a new home for the WellStar College”s administration, School of Nursing, the Department of Social Work and Human Services and the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Sport Science.

The new building provides expanded classroom space; a new biomechanics laboratory; an exercise physiology laboratory; numerous nursing skills and assessment laboratories; computer laboratories; science laboratories, patient simulation rooms; seminar rooms; faculty and staff office space; a student advising center; a 230-seat auditorium; and many other spaces that have been needed to support students, faculty and staff.

In addition, Prillaman Hall provides the space necessary to enable the university to increase the number of nursing graduates from about 185 a year to approximately 250, making a significant contribution to Georgia”s nursing shortage.

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