Post-Graduate's Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner


The post-graduate certification track in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is available for nurses who have their masters or doctoral degree, are certified as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), and are desiring an additional certification as a FNP. This certificate program is designed for APRNs who would like to expand their scope of practice to provide primary healthcare to clients, families and communities. Course and clinical work emphasizes the care of adult, pediatric, and geriatric patients and their families. Upon completion, the students are eligible to take the certification exam offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, or the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Regents as a web-based program with greater than 50 percent of the program taught online. Due to the progressive nature of the specialty courses, this option is typically considered part-time study only (less than 9 credit hours per semester.)


Spring Entry: October 1

NOTE: All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis. Applications will be reviewed once complete and decisions made regarding admission to the program until the program is full or application deadline, whichever occurs first.   

NOTE: Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.


Campus: Augusta and Athens

Program Delivery: Web-enhanced (online) instruction with clinical experiences and limited on-campus requirements for lab and simulation instruction.

NOTE: The Post-Graduate’s Certificates in Nurse Practitioner programs are structured to deliver approximately 60 to 95% via online courses each academic period. The remainder of each program's content is clinical/ residency which requires the student to participate in clinical or residency experiences in varied practice settings.

NOTE: Certificate programs at Augusta University do not offer sufficient on-campus course work for students in F-1 or J-1 student status to meet the full course of study requirement. Augusta University will not issue a Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Academic Student (Form I-20) or J-1 Exchange Visitor, Student Category (Form DS-2019) for enrollment in any of the DNP programs. 


Completed Online Application: via NursingCAS; Augusta University supplemental applicant will be via College net (instructions included in NursingCAS application)

Application Fee: $95 ($70 NursingCAS application fee; $25 Augusta University supplemental application fee)

GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale AND a minimum overall graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 can submit additional documents for special consideration that include evidence of outstanding professional leadership, practice, or scholarship. 

Minimum Degree Requirement:  Master of science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited program and an accredited college or university. Completion of an APRN program with a doctoral degree, i.e. DNP or PhD, may fulfill the minimum degree requirement. To be used to satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign transcripts must show degree(s) earned that are the U.S. equivalency of degree(s) required by the program.   

Certification Requirement: Current certification as an advanced practice registered nurse is required.

Official Transcripts:  Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to NursingCAS. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, NursingCAS will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement. International Students

References: As part of the NursingCAS online application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Referees should be individuals qualified to critically assess the applicant's prior academic (usually college professors), employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience (clinical or research supervisor/manager) and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.  Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit his/her letter of recommendation via NursingCAS.

Standardized Tests: 

  • GRE: N/A 
  • TOEFL Exam Scores: Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.
    • All official TOEFL scores must be official and submitted to Augusta University directly from Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than two years old. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
    • Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.
    • Minimum scores:
      • 213 computer-based,
      • 79 internet-based, or:
      • 550 paper-based (PBT) for test takers who took the PBT prior to October 2017, and were scored on the old scoring scale of 310-677
      • No minimum for the revised paper-delivered test (PDT) taken on or after October 2017, and scored on the new scoring scale of 0-30 for each section (Listening, Reading and Writing).

Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to the Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are U.S. Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to NursingCAS

Testing and Disability Services: The Office of Disability  Services provides a variety of services and accommodations to meet the needs of disability related concerns in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act – Amended Act (2008), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Board of Regents' policies. Accommodations for students with disabilities are made on an Individual basis. For more information please visit The Testing and Disability Services website at or contact them at


  • While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with Augusta University's Office of Academic Admission for recent updates. 
  • Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.
  • Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.


Prerequisite Coursework: Completion of Physical or health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses, Advanced Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses, and Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses.  These courses are commonly referred to as the three Ps.

Personal Interview: Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.

Resume or CV (vitae): Including date of most recent revision. This item is uploaded directly into NursingCAS.

Essay: Included within the application, applicants must submit a written component describing why you are pursuing a post master’s certificate in the specific area of clinical concentration and how your previous education and experiences will enhance your ability in the program.

Licensure and Certification: Proof of current unrestricted RN license and current Advanced Practice Certification (APRN) are required for admission. These items are uploaded directly into NursingCAS.  

NOTE: Enrolled students will be required to obtain additional RN license in any state(s) where clinical experiences are assigned.

Background Check: A clear or expunged criminal background record.

  • Per the Augusta University Applicant Criminal Background Check Policy, final admission and enrollment for all graduate nursing and education programs are conditional on the completion of a criminal background check with results deemed acceptable to the applicable college/program’s professional standards.
  • Failure to complete the required background check, provide information necessary to conduct the background check, or provide false or misleading information, may disqualify applicants from final admission and matriculation into the program and University.

Instructions for completing criminal background checks will be provided to applicants upon acceptance into these programs. For further information on the policy including the policy statement, reason for the policy, authorization process, process/procedures, and review process, please refer to the Applicant Criminal Background Check Policy.


  • While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with Augusta University's Office of Academic Admission for recent updates. 
  • Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.
  • Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.




Graduate students are admitted through a cooperative effort between The Office of Academic Admissions, The Graduate School (TGS; program’s administrative home) and the colleges or departments that offer TGS graduate degree or certificate programs (program’s academic home). TGS graduate programs enjoy a significant amount of autonomy to make admissions recommendations, while The Graduate School provides oversight to help set and ensure high academic standards in making the final decision. Admission to TGS graduate programs is a multi-step process: 

Applications and references are submitted via Nursing CAS . Completed applications and references will be transferred from Nursing CAS to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions (OAA) for processing into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system.  

Application materials and documents (e.g. transcripts, proof of degree, transcript evaluations, etc) are submitted directly to Nursing CAS.

Application decisions will not be made until all official documents have been received and processed into the Augusta University’s electronic applicant database system by Augusta University’s OAA. 

The program/academic college for which you are applying will review your Graduate School application and supporting documents.  Interviews will be scheduled and considered, as applicable to individual programs. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate substantial preparation for graduate study in the field for which you are seeking admittance.

Exceptions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.

Upon recommendation of the program/academic college, The Graduate School will review your credentials and applicant profile and make a formal, official decision for your admittance. Official notice of your admission can only come from the dean of The Graduate School via notification from Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admission.

Upon acceptance, please submit your Admissions Acceptance Contract and official final transcripts, if necessary to the address below or electronically to

Technical Standards (next step for accepted applicants): For accepted applicants to qualify for enrollment into, retention in and graduation from academic programs in The Graduate School, an individual must satisfy certain technical standards.  For more information and to review The Graduate School technical standards please visit  Individual programs may have additional specific standards that also must be met. Please contact your program directly for additional program specific technical standards requirements.

Augusta University

The Office of Academic Admissions  

1120 15th Street, Benet House

Augusta, Georgia 30912 

Immunizations must be submitted to Student Health prior to enrollment.

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