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Family Nurse Practitioner Program Authorizations

The M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program meets the GA Board of Nursing (BON) educational requirements to prepare students for APRN licensure and prepares students to take the national Certified Nurse Practitioner (FNP) exam through the AANP-CP or the ANCC. 

Each state licensing board establishes their own criteria for APRN licensure which, in addition to educational requirements, may include (but are not limited to) holding a state RN license, national FNP certification, background/fingerprint checks, applications and fees.  The ability to be licensed as a NP in your state will be contingent upon your ability to meet the licensure criteria established by the state BON at the time you seek licensure.  For information about current state board requirements for licensure in your state, please contact the State Authorization office at or the BON in your state.  

The FNP program is currently approved or exempt from approval, and meets the regulatory requirements to be offered to students who are physically present in the  states below.  Based on our review of current BON guidelines, unless otherwise noted, we believe our program meets the current educational requirements for APRN licensure in these states.










New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina



Rhode Island

South Carolina



West Virginia

*For Students Physically Present in IOWA: 655 Iowa Administrative Code 2.10(6) requires that we notify prospective students in Iowa that nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person:

    • who has been denied licensure by the board.
    • whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any U.S. jurisdiction.
    • whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action.

**For Students Physically Present in OHIO: Our Pharmacology course does not meet the OH-BON instruction in state law requirements for Prescriptive Authority as established by ORC 4723.482(B)(5)(c).  Specifically, our pharmacology course does not provide information on the OH state laws relevant to pharmacology and controlled substances.  Please contact the OH-BON for information on alternative methods for meeting that requirement before enrolling in the program.  The following information regarding advanced pharmacology requirements for licensure is provided by the OH-BON on their website:

The FNP program  cannot currently enroll students who are physically present in: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, or Washington state.

Clinicals:  The ability to participate in clinical placements in your state is contingent on:

  • clinical work taking place in an approved state,
  • holding a current, unencumbered state RN license, and
  • your ability to secure a program approved clinical site and preceptor.

Our Nursing programs are nationally accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), following the AACN Essentials, and have the approval of the Georgia Board of Nursing. Columbus State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).

Contact the State Authorization office at for additional details on out of state requirements/restrictions for these programs, or if you do not see your state included in the information above. Your email must include:

  • Your name
  • State(s) you will physically live in while taking classes/participating in field experiences
  • Program of interest