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.


Professional License Disclosure

The School of Nursing anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or certifications: Certification as an APRN (Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner [depending on which program they completed]) and licensure as an APRN.

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for APRN license visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (www.ncsbn.org).

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 exam for certification as an APRN in Georgia and other states as listed on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (www.ncsbn.org). 

For all Online Programs:

Federal Law requires colleges and universities to make certain disclosures to prospective students of these programs. These disclosure include information on the University’s authority to operate outside of Georgia, complaint processes, adverse actions, and refunds.

For required disclosures in general with regard to online programs offered by the University, visit the Office of Legal Affairs website.

Accreditation: 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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Last updated: 1/29/2020

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