Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP)

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The dual Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)/Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) program prepares nurses with the experience necessary to provide direct patient management in urgent, emergent, and trauma care settings in addition to primary care settings.

▼   Program Information

The University of South Alabama (USA) dual FNP/ENP program is offered as a master’s degree program.

With the combination of dynamic coursework, on-campus skills intensives, and clinical experiences, the dual FNP/ENP curriculum prepares students to provide care to patients of all ages. Clinical settings may include primary care clinics, urgent care offices, emergency departments, and emergency ground/air transport services. Our rigorous FNP/ENP curriculum consists of the following:

  • 57 credit hours
  • 840 practicum hours  
  • 2 on-campus clinical intensives

Upon graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner exams for board certification. Graduates must hold certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner in order to apply and become eligible for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner board certification exam offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board. Career opportunities for FNP/ENP program graduates include a variety of clinical settings, such as primary care offices, urgent care clinics, emergency department fast-track areas, main emergency departments, and trauma resuscitation units.

▼   Clinical Orientation

Students in the dual FNP/ENP program are required to attend two mandatory on-campus skills intensives held at the USA College of Nursing. The first mandatory skills intensive is held the first semester of the FNP/ENP program in early fall and includes skills workshops and simulation labs. The second mandatory skills intensive is held the final semester of the FNP/ENP program in late fall and includes skills validation by simulation.

FNP/ENP Skills Intensives Dates for students beginning the program in fall 2019:

Skills Intensive 1: Fall 2019, August 27-30th
Skills Intensive 2: Fall 2020 TBA (late fall 2020)

▼   Curriculum

BSN-DNP students complete all support, MSN specialty, DNP Core, DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses for a total of 69 credit hours. The following DNP core courses are required for the completion of the MSN degree: NU 607, NU 608, NU 610, and NU 613.  Both MSN and DNP degrees must be completed within seven years. The MSN portion must be completed within the first five years of the program.

MSN-DNP students adding a new specialty must complete the support courses if they have not previously completed the courses in their MSN program.  They must complete the specialty courses and support courses, if needed, to complete the Post-Graduate Certificate. The DNP core, DNP Project Planning & Development, and Residency courses are required for completion of the DNP degree.  This program is a total of 72 or 81 credit hours, if support courses are needed. The Post-Graduate Certificate must be completed within two calendar years. The student has seven years to complete both the Post-Graduate Certificate and DNP degree for this program.

MSN-DNP for Advanced Practice Roles must only complete the DNP core, DNP Project Planning & Development, and Residency courses to complete the DNP degree. This is a total of 36 credit hours. The student has a total of five years to complete the degree requirements.

Support Courses
NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credit hours
NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credit hours
NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credit hours
FNP/ENP Specialty Courses
NU 580 – Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for FNP/ENP (2 credit hours)
NU 581 – Family/Emergency NP I (5 credit hours)
NU 582 – Family/Emergency NP Practicum I – 120 Clinical Hours (2 credit hours)
NU 583 – Family/Emergency NP II (5 credit hours)
NU 584 – Family/Emergency NP Practicum II – 240 Clinical Hours (4 credit hours)
NU 585 – Family/Emergency NP III (5 credit hours)
NU 586 – Family/Emergency NP Practicum III – 240 Clinical Hours (4 credit hours)
NU 587 – Family/Emergency NP IV (5 credit hours)
NU 588 – Family/Emergency NP Practicum IV – 240 Clinical Hours (4 credit hours)
DNP Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3 credit hours
NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credit hours
NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credit hours
NU 611 - Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems (3 credit hours)
NU 612 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health (3 credit hours)
NU 615 - Quality Improvement and Outcomes Assessment (3 credit hours)
NU 616 - Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Healthcare Systems (3 credit hours)
Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP) DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency
NU 680 - Family/Emergency NP Project Planning and Development (3 credit hours)
NU 681 - Family/Emergency NP Residency I (180 specialty clinical hours) (3 credit hours)
NU 682 - Family/Emergency NP Residency II (180 specialty clinical hours) (3 credit hours)
NU 683 - Family/Emergency NP Residency III (180 specialty clinical hours) (3 credit hours)


For more information about this specialty, please feel free to contact the FNP/ENP program coordinator, Dr. Wesley Davis: wesleydavis@southalabama.edu.

At this time, we are not accepting students for the FNP/ENP specialty from the following states: Louisiana, South Dakota, and New York.