Emergency NP Post-Graduate Certificate

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The Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) post-graduate certificate prepares nurses with the experience necessary to provide direct patient management in the urgent, emergent, and trauma setting. The University of South Alabama (USA) ENP option is offered as a post-graduate certificate to Family Nurse Practitioners or as an add on post graduate certificate to students enrolled in the USA College of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner or Dual-Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP) concentrations.

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

  • 15 credit hours
  • 4 semesters
  • 420 emergency practicum hours
  • 2 on-campus clinical intensives

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

▼   Clinical Orientation

Students in the Emergency Nurse Practitioner specialty 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 ENP program in early Fall and includes skills workshops and simulation labs. The second mandatory skills intensive is held the final semester of the ENP program in late Fall and includes skills validation by simulation.

ENP Skills Intensives Dates for students beginning the ENP specialty option Fall 2018:

  • Skills Intensive 2: November 13 - 15, 2019

ENP Skills Intensives Dates for students beginning the ENP specialty option Fall 2019:

  • Skills Intensive 1: August 28 - 30, 2019
  • Skills Intensive 2: Fall 2020 TBA (4 days in late Fall 2020)
▼   Curriculum

Post Graduate Certificate students complete all support and specialty courses for a total of 24 credit hours.  Students who have successfully completed the 3 P’s (NU 518, NU 545, NU 578) may request a waiver of these courses. The Post Graduate Certificate must be completed within two years.  

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
Emergency NP Specialty Courses
NU 570 – Advanced Emergency Nursing I 2 credit hours
NU 571 – Advanced Emergency Nursing Practicum I – 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
NU 572 – Advanced Emergency Nursing II 2 credit hours
NU 573 Advanced Emergency Nursing Practicum II – 60 Clinical Hours 1 credit hours
NU 574 – Advanced Emergency Nursing III 2 credit hours
NU 575 – Advanced Emergency Nursing Practicum III – 60 Clinical Hours 1 credit hours
NU 576 Advanced Emergency Nursing IV 2 credit hours
NU 577 – Advanced Emergency Nursing Practicum IV – 120 Clinical Hours 2 credit hours

Contact Information

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

At this time, we are not accepting students for the ENP specialty from the following states: Louisiana,  South Dakota, and New York . Contact the College of Nursing for updates regarding acceptance for the ENP post-graduate certificate.