School of Nursing
Waters College of Health Professions

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

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The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track  prepares registered nurses for leadership in primary care to families and individuals of all ages. With a focus on delivering high-quality, patient-centered primary care, the program offers both didactic and clinical experiences that prepare nurse practitioners to care for the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health of patients, families, and communities.

Curriculum content includes pathophysiology and pharmacology, health assessment, biomedical ethics, health policy, and management of common primary care health concerns, providing the theoretical and practical foundations for nurses to expand their scope of practice. The FNP specialty courses consist of 3 didactic and 3 clinical courses. Each clinical course will consist of 180 clinical hours per semester. One semester is devoted to each of the following specialty areas: women’s health, pediatrics, and adult/gerontology. While this is an online program, there will be 2-3 on-campus learning days each semester while enrolled in these clinical specialty courses.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Completion of the track will allow students to take the certification exam to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). FNPs are registered nurses who serve as primary and specialty health care providers. Much like family medicine physicians, family nurse practitioners work with patients throughout their lives, diagnosing illness, conducting exams, and prescribing medications. These nurses can also serve as their patients’ sole health care provider and manage their own private practices.

Why Georgia Southern?

  • Georgia Southern University is nationally recognized as a top 100 nursing program
  • New academic-clinical partnerships: Our partnerships with clinical agencies providing health services allow placement of students for clinical practicum.
  • Qualified preceptors: Our partnerships with professionals in the health field provide clinical supervision as they treat and care for the full range of diagnoses and conditions in team-based care.
  • AACN Accredited: 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 (
  • National Recognition. Georgia Southern University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree has been recognized among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Nursing Schools rankings. The graduate nursing program has been named one of the top 80 programs in the country under the Health Disciplines category, best programs along with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of South Carolina and the University of Central Florida to name a few.

Last updated: 10/23/2019

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