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Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Format: Online
Credit Hours: 19
Entry Terms: Fall

* The program cannot enroll any student physically residing in AL, AZ, CO, ID, LA, MO, NE, ND, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, or WA. Other students residing outside of GA or SC may only enroll in the didactic portion of the program and must complete clinicals in GA or SC.

For the FNP Certificate program you must have a MSN or higher degree AND currently hold national certification in one of the following advance practice registered nurse (APRN) specialties:

  • Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG PCNP)
  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG ACNP)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (GNP)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHCNP)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Upon completing the FNP Certificate curriculum, you will be fully prepared for educational eligibility for certification in your given area of study.

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Course Information

Both synchronous (live, real-time) and asynchronous (on your own, not live) formats are used. Most of the course work is asynchronous but live sessions are scheduled in selected online courses. Students should consult with individual course syllabi for specific live session requirements.

Students come with a variety of educational backgrounds. Therefore, when a student already has a MSN, a gap analysis must be performed by the program director to create an individualized program of study.

* Below is an example of the curriculum. Course offerings may change as decided by the program director*
Course SubjectCourse NumberCourse TitleCredit HoursClinical Hours
Psychodynamics of Health
FNP 1 – Pediatrics
FNP 2– Woman's Health
FNP 3 – Adult & Gerontology
Capstone Practice and Professional Issues
8721FNP 1 – Pediatrics Clinical
8722FNP 2 – Woman's Health Clinical
FNP 3 – Adult & Gerontology Clinical
Total Credit Hours19
Total Clinical Hours630
Fall SemesterSpring Semester Summer Semester
NURS 7123 Pyschodymanics of Health (2)NURS 8235 FNP 1-Pediatrics (3)

NURS 8721 FNP 1-Pediatrics Clinical (2)
(180 clinical hours)
NURS 8236 FNP 2-Women’s Health (3)

NURS 8722 FNP 2-Women's Health Clinical (2)
(180 clinical hours)
Total Credits255
Fall SemesterSpring Semester
NURS 8237 FNP 3-Adult/Gero (3)

NURS 8723 FNP 3-Adult/Gero Clinical (2)
(180 clinical hours)
NURS 8520 Capstone/Practice and Professional Issues (2)
(90 clinical hours)
Total Credits52

Admission Requirements

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from a college accredited by the appropriate accrediting association (i.e., NLN or CCNE) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
    • Undergraduate introductory course in statistics with grade of C or better
    • Undergraduate health appraisal/physical assessment course with grade of C or better
  • The MAT or GRE is not required for admission.
  • Submission/completion of all of the following materials:
    • Complete College of Graduate Studies online application with payment of required fee.
    • Georgia Southern University Health Services Form
    • Three letters of recommendation. Forms in the online application are acceptable, or you can attach 3 recommendation letters to the application.
    • Proof of American Heart Association Level C (2 person-BLS) CPR certification.
    • Proof of Georgia RN licensure (write COPY) over any replication of license submitted.
    • Resume or CV with work history
  • One year of full-time registered nurse (RN) clinical nursing experience before the start of Advanced Health Assessment.

Applicants will be pooled for admission consideration. Interviews with individuals under consideration may be conducted prior to admission.

Upon Acceptance

  • Nursing Student Health forms
  • Proof of current RN malpractice liability insurance (policy cover page) with name, dates of coverage and amount (1 million incident/3 million aggregate)
  • Proof of “Student NP” malpractice insurance before entering ANY clinical NP courses that require clinical hours or involves direct patient care.
  • NP students will be required to complete all clinical practicums with a qualified preceptor within 250 miles of Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus in the state of Georgia. NP students must be proactive and secure preceptors for the clinical practicums.

All admission application materials must be received by March 1 for admission consideration to the fall cohort. Students who are admitted to the Post-MSN Certificate program will be provided with an individualized year-round program of study upon acceptance.

Post MSN Certificates

The Post-Master of Science in Nursing (post-MSN) Certificates offer the opportunity to augment the MSN degree previously earned with an additional nursing specialty area. The coursework for these certificates is dependent on the coursework that was completed in your previous master’s degree. A gap analysis must be performed by the graduate program director to create an individualized program of study. Georgia Southern University may be a good fit for you if you wish to add a certification in one of the following specialties:

For the Post-MSN certificate programs you must have a master’s degree or higher and currently hold national certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). You must show evidence in your master’s program of advanced physical assessment, pharmacology and pathophysiology.

Program Resources

Student Learning Outcomes

SLO 1: Integrate core knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences, and nursing as the foundation for advanced level professional practice.   

SLO 2: Use knowledge of organizational systems, leadership principles, and resources to become responsible, safe, and accountable advanced level professional nurses that demonstrate professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.

SLO 3: Demonstrate advanced level clinical judgment/decision making by using healthcare

information, technology, scholarship, inquiry, and current evidence to improve individual and population healthcare outcomes.

SLO 4: Collaborate using advanced inter-professional communication to develop partnerships with other members of the healthcare team that improve patient health outcomes.

Upon completing the Post-MSN Certificate curriculum, you will be fully prepared for educational eligibility for certification in your given area of study. At this juncture, you can leave the program with your Post-Master’s Certificate or apply for admission to the Post-MSN-DNP program. The purpose of our DNP program is to prepare advanced practice nurses and leaders to evaluate and improve primary health care. Our ultimate goal is to improve health care and the health of populations and individuals, with a special focus on rural and underserved communities.

Graduates of non-APRN master’s programs may apply for transfer credit into the Post-BSN-DNP, but are not eligible for the Post-MSN Certificate or the Post-MSN-DNP programs.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees charged by Georgia Southern University are approved by the University System of Georgia annually. For a comprehensive costs and affordability analysis, please visit

Contact Us!

Please contact the graduate program secretary for program information on the Statesboro Campus or Armstrong Campus.

Chelsea Doyle
Graduate Program Secretary
Office: Armstrong Campus-Ashmore Hall 266
Phone: 912-344-2973


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program at Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Professional License Disclosure

The School of Nursing anticipates that graduates of this program will seek certification as Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and state licensure as an APRN.

The School of Nursing has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this online academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the board examinations listed above, which are used by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The School of Nursing only supervises clinical placements in Georgia and South Carolina. All students enrolling in the program must have an active Georgia or South Carolina nursing license or an eNLC compact license. The program cannot enroll any student physically residing in AL, AZ, CO, ID, LA, MO, NE, ND, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, or WA. Before enrolling, students physically residing in states other than Georgia or South Carolina, must attest that they will complete clinical hours in Georgia or South Carolina and that they will seek initial licensure as an APRN in Georgia or South Carolina.

Georgia Southern makes every effort to ensure information about educational requirements for licensure or certification is current; however, state requirements may change. Separate from educational requirements, state licensure boards may require applicants for jurisprudence examinations, background checks, proof of RN license, proof of clinical hours, or additional training. For more information, as well as for a list of applicable state boards, visit the Georgia Southern State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page.

For all Online Programs:
Federal Law requires colleges and universities to make certain disclosures to prospective students of these programs. These disclosures include information on the University’s authority to operate outside of Georgia, the complaint processes, adverse actions, refunds, and program closure.
For required disclosures about online programs offered by the University, visit the Georgia Southern State Authorization and Professional Licensure Webpage.

Last updated: 12/18/2023