I would advise against any online program, whether offered through a for-profit school or traditional brick-and-mortar school. The online programs make you set up all your own clinicals and find your own preceptors. In many cases, this causes a tremenous amount of pressure and stress for the student. The schools make it sound easy, but the reality is often cases much different. Just look at how many posts there are for someone begging to find a preceptor near them. The nurse practitioner industry should try to be as professional as medical schools. There an absolutely NO medical schools here in the US that would ever say to it's students, "now go out and find your own preceptors to get a good medical education." That would never fly with med school students. They pay too much money and take their profession too seriously to put up with that sort of nonsense. But nurses....well, we think it's ok for schools to do this to us. People say, "but the concenience of doing it all online is wonderful." Do you think med school students are in it for the convenience? They are in it to get a good education and for the school to do a lot of work to help them succeed. None of this "find your own clinicals" bs. I really wish the nursing industry would stand up and put these programs out of business. They are in it to make $$$, and they are very successful at it. As far as South University, they are owned by Education Management Corporation. I would suggest you do some research on that company....it might make you think twice before giving lots of $$ to South University. Also, whatever decision you make, do what's best for you. The for-profit schools are all about marketing and sales, so they will tell you anything. But in the end, their "admissions counselors" are just sales people trying to get people through the door. Wherever you go, make sure the school is Regionally Accredited, not Nationally Accredited. Being Regionally Accredited by one of the 6 major regional accrediting associations is better recognized. Schools that are only Nationally Accredited do not have to go through the same level of scrutiny that the Regionals do. Sorry if it seems like I'm bashing for profit schools. If they were more honest with potential students, I would be happier with them. If they said things like, "I'm a sales assoicate here - not a true admissions counselor", or "You will likely experience a lot of headaches and delays trying to find your own preceptors", then I would be much happier with them. At least they would be honest.