South University Online Nurse Practitioner Programs – FNP, AGPCNP

South University offers three online nurse practitioner programs through the College of Nursing and Public Health–Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), an RN to MSN Bridge, and a Post-Master’s Certificate. Each path offers two specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP). These online options do not require any campus visits and provide 100% online coursework. Practicums are completed at approved facilities local to the student.

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) may serve in a variety of settings including primary care clinics, schools, government facilities, hospitals, long-term care, and home health situations. FNPs serve patients across the lifespan from infants to adults. Students are educated in community-based health care, focusing on health promotion, patient education, and preventive medicine. FNPs may assess, diagnose, and treat acute and chronic illnesses, conduct health assessments, routine exams, and create care plans with patients and their health care teams.

Adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioners (AGPCNPs) may work with young adults to older adult patients in primary care settings, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health care situations. The AGPCNP curriculum for all nursing paths focuses on at-risk and vulnerable populations in the community. Emphasis is placed on disease prevention, health promotion, and improved quality of life.

The MSN is designed for nurses who have a BSN and wish to become an advanced practice nurse in family nursing or adult-gerontological nursing. The RN to BSN is designed for RNs who have an associate’s degree or diploma and who wish to move seamlessly into an MSN degree without earning a BSN. The FNP and AGPCNP Post-Master’s Graduate Certificates are designed for nurses who already hold an advanced practice nursing master’s degree in another area and are looking to expand their skills and educational expertise.

Graduates of the nursing programs will be eligible to sit for the national certification exams for their chosen specialization. South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). South University is located in Savannah, Georgia.

What to Expect from the South University Online FNP and AGPCNP Programs

Admission Requirements: All nursing students must have an unencumbered RN license in a US state or territory. This license must be maintained throughout the nursing studies. Application materials include three letters of reference through the Nursing Graduate School Appraisal Form, a resume, official transcripts, and the application itself. Statistics and nursing research courses with a grade of C or better are prerequisites. Students whose primary language is not English must also provide proof of English language proficiency.

  • Program Specific Admission Requirements
  • MSN FNP and AGPCNP: Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework; hold a BSN degree from an accredited US institution; submit a 1-2 page essay or goal statement
  • RN to MSN FNP and AGPCNP Bridge: Hold an associate’s degree or a diploma in nursing from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; submit a 1-2 page essay or goal statement
  • Post-Master’s Certificate FNP and AGPCNP: Hold a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree from an accredited institution

State Restrictions: While South University accepts students from many states, applicants outside of Georgia should check with the admissions department to make sure they are eligible for the nursing programs. The following state restrictions apply at this time:

  • MSN – FNP: This program is not available to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, and Washington DC.
  • MSN – AGPCNP: This program is not available to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, and Washington DC.
  • RN to MSN – FNP: This program is not available to residents of Alabama, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and Washington DC.
  • RN to MSN – AGPCNP: This program is not available to residents of Alabama, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and Washington DC.
  • Post-Master’s Certificate: The AGPCNP and FNP Post-master’s program is not available to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, and Washington DC. The AGPCNP specialization is also not available to residents of Nevada.

Interested students should also contact the licensing board of their specific state of residence to determine if the program meets state requirements for NP licensure.

Study Plan: South University runs on a quarter system with start dates for online programs in every month except April. Online courses begin every two weeks. Courses run for 5 or 10 weeks to provide a fast-paced learning environment. The AGPCNP Post-Master’s Certificate can be completed in as little as 13 months and the FNP specialization can be completed in as little as 16 months. The MSN – FNP can be completed in 19 months and the MSN – AGPCNP can be completed in 17 months. The RN to MSN – FNP can be completed in 45 months and the RN to MSN – AGPCNP can be completed in 43 months.

MSN – FNP and AGPCNP Core Curriculum: The MSN – FNP degree comprises 62 credits and includes at least 780 hours of clinicals. The MSN – AGPCNP degree comprises 56 credits and includes at least 600 hours of clinicals. Courses for both specialties include Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing; Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse: Transformational Leadership in Advanced Practice; Health Policy and Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing Practice; Advanced Nursing Practice; Advanced Health and Physical Assessment; Advanced Pharmacology; Graduate Project in Nursing; and Nursing Research Methods.

Students also complete Pre-Specialty Evaluation and Pre-Clinical Evaluation which are non-credit courses. If a student receives a failing grade in Pre-Clinical Evaluation an additional 4-credit course called Nurse Practitioner Enhancement must be taken.

  • MSN – FNP Specialty Curriculum: Specialty courses include Practicum I: Family Health – Adults and Gerontology; Practicum II: Family Health: Women’s Health; Practicum III: Family Health – Pediatrics; and Practicum IV: Family Health – Primary Care.
  • MSN – AGPCNP Specialty Curriculum: Specialty courses include Pre-Specialty Evaluation; Pre-Clinical Evaluation; Practicum I: Adult Health – Adults and Gerontology; Practicum II: Adult Health: Women’s Health; and Practicum III: Adult Health – Primary Care.

RN to MSN – FNP and AGPCNP Bridge Curriculum: The RN to MSN – FNP degree comprises 233 credits, of which approximately 98 must be taken through South University and the rest may be transferred in. It also includes a minimum of 780 hours of clinicals. The RN to MSN – AGPCNP degree comprises 227 credits, of which approximately 92 must be taken through South University and the rest may be transferred in. It also includes a minimum of 600 hours of clinicals. Students may transfer in up to 90 general education credits and 45 undergraduate nursing credits. RN to MSN students do not earn a BSN degree.

Undergraduate nursing courses through South University include Foundations for Professional Nursing; Foundations of Nursing Research; Concepts of Teaching and Learning; Leadership in a Diverse Society; Information Management and Technology; Illness and Disease Management Across the Life Span; Trends in Healthcare Policy; Gerontological Nursing; and Health Promotion and Clinical Prevention.

Subsequently, RN to MSN students complete the full MSN curriculum including core courses and specialty courses listed above for each specialty.

Post-Master’s FNP and AGPCNP Certificate Curriculum: The Post-Master’s FNP Certificate comprises 42 credits plus at least 780 clinical hours and the AGPCNP Certificate program comprises 36 credits plus at least 600 clinical hours. Courses may be waived if the transcript indicates the course or an equivalent course was successfully completed. Courses include Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Nursing Practice; Advanced Health and Physical Assessment; and Graduate Project in Nursing. Students also complete Pre-Specialty Evaluation and Pre-Clinical Evaluation which are non-credit courses. As with the MSN, if a student receives a failing grade in Pre-Clinical Evaluation an additional 4-credit course called Nurse Practitioner Enhancement must be taken.

  • FNP Certificate Specialty Curriculum: Courses include Practicum I: Family Health – Adults and Gerontology; Practicum II: Family Health: Women’s Health; Practicum III: Family Health – Pediatrics; and Practicum IV: Family Health – Primary Care.
  • AGPCNP Certificate Specialty Curriculum: Courses include Pre-Specialty Evaluation; Pre-Clinical Evaluation; Practicum I: Adult Health – Adults and Gerontology; Practicum II: Adult Health: Women’s Health; and Practicum III: Adult Health – Primary Care.

Online Experience: South University utilizes Brightspace as its online Learning Management System (LMS). Brightspace offers personalized navigation, a simple online learning platform, advanced media content, digital book access, email, instant messaging, discussion boards, and other tools. Course materials may include videos, readings, assignments, discussion boards, and assessments. The online classroom can also be accessed on the go through the Pulse App. The Peers Student Community provides access to the online library, career services, 24/7 technical support, online tutoring, and faculty and peer interaction through the Connections online social network. In addition, South University offers graduation teams consisting of three people to make sure the online learning environment is successful for the student: an admissions representative, a student financial counselor, and an academic counselor.

On-Site Requirements: There are no on-site requirements for the South University nursing programs as they are 100% online with clinicals local to the student.

Paying for the South University Online FNP and AGPCNP Programs

South University charges $500 per quarter credit plus fees for the online MSN and Post-Master’s Certificates. The RN to MSN Bridge program costs $199 per quarter credit for undergraduate courses and $500 per quarter credit for graduate courses plus fees. Interested students should inquire with the College of Nursing and Public Health at South University for total costs.

South University offers unsubsidized federal student loans to graduate students according to the FAFSA. Nursing students should also inquire with their employers as to a tuition reimbursement program. Additionally, South University nursing students may seek outside opportunities for funding including organizational, community, or religious scholarships and grants.

South University

South University offers 11 start dates for their AGPCNP and FNP master's and post-master's programs with no GRE requirement, no campus visits, and an ADN Bridge entry option.

APRN Programs

MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP Certificate
Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
RN to MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
RN to MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Campus Address

709 Mall Blvd.
Savannah, Georgia 31406

South University – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

January, February, March, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

56

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, LA, MD, MA, MN, NC, NM, NY, OR, PA, TN, WA, WI, DC

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

56

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$500.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$28,000.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$500.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$28,000.00

South University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

January, February, March, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

62

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, LA, MD, MA, MN, NY, NC, OR, PA, TN, WA, WI, DC

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

62

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$500.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$31,000.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$500.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$31,000.00

South University – Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

January, February, March, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

36

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MN, NC, NV, NY, OR, PA, TN, WA, WI, DC

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

36

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$500.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$18,000.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$500.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$18,000.00

South University – Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

January, February, March, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

42

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MN, NY, NC, OR, PA, TN, WA, WI, DC

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

42

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$500.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$21,000.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$500.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$21,000.00

South University – RN to MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

January, February, March, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

182

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, LA, MD, MA, MN, NC, NV, NY, OR, PA, TN, WA, WI, DC

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

182

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$382.21

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$69,562.22

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$382.21

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$69,562.22

South University – RN to MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

January, February, March, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

188

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, LA, MA, MD, MN, NY, OR, PA, TN, WA, WI, DC

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

188

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$389.43

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$73,212.84

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$389.43

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$73,212.84

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.