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Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) Certificate


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The Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certificate is designed for nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioners who desire or may be currently working in the Urgent Care or Emergency Department setting. Our two semester certificate curriculum allows students to be eligible to apply for the national certification exam as Emergency Nurse Practitioners. As the first college in the nation to develop a web-accessible nursing program, we are experienced in providing the support you need to succeed with distance learning. To provide flexibility and eliminate the need to commute daily to campus, we use: 

  • Web-accessible curriculum and self-directed learning.
  • Seminar intensives at the Pomona, CA, campus once per semester.
  • An Urgent Care and Emergency Department practice immersion completed in your own community.

About the Program

Western University of Health Sciences, College of Graduate Nursing is proud to be launching the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certificate for nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) that desire a dual role in the subspecialty areas of Urgent Care and Emergency Medicine. Our distance-web based hybrid model provides the working FNP the ability to enhance and advance their knowledge, skills and training; integrating the Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) competencies and Scope and Standards for Emergency Nurse Practitioner practice as a foundation for role preparation in this dynamic practice setting. We look forward to working with you!

Will this program meet my needs?

The Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certificate is designed for nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioners who desire or may be currently working in the Urgent Care or Emergency Department setting. Our two semester certificate curriculum allows you to be eligible to apply for the national certification exam as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner in a short seven months.

We prepare our graduates to assume advanced nursing practice and leadership roles in the sub-specialty settings of urgent and emergency care.

The Curriculum

The ENP curriculum is a flexible web-accessible program with one on-campus application-skills intensive each semester. The program itself consists of two, 6-unit courses (didactic and clinical), and a final case study project.  As an ENP student, you will also have extensive clinical practice immersion in the urgent care and emergency department settings. In addition, ENP students take the pre-program course CGN 5000: Communication and Information Management (1 unit). CGN 5000 is Mandatory and offered virtually through the College of Graduate Nursing prior to the start of the program in the fall. Please note that CGN 5000 is not covered under financial aid because it is a pre-program course and not part of the core curriculum.

For more detail regarding the curriculum, please review the course descriptions (PDF) or visit the WesternU CGN website.

**You can also access the curriculum grids by visiting the first page of the College of Graduate Nursing Student Catalog and scrolling to the respective page within the catalog or by clicking on the respective section in the Table of Contents.

For more information regarding the ENP curriculum, please contact:

Donna M. Emanuele, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, FAANP
Director, Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) Program and Associate Professor
E-mail: demanuele@westernu.edu

Admissions Information

For information regarding prerequisite coursework and application requirements, please review the ENP admissions information, or if you are ready you may submit an online application. If you have any questions regarding the application requirements, please contact the Admissions Counselor: Chris Calzada at (909)706-3873.

Self-Directed Learning Activities

The World Wide Web provides a unique opportunity to offer students an individualized learning community that would be impossible through other media. Online education provides an environment which facilitates critical thinking and interactive learning. Learning activities include interactive group discussions, presentations, and scholarly papers.

Application Skills Intensives

The College of Graduate Nursing has partnered with Hospital Procedures Consultants, the premier provider of evidence-based procedural emergency and hospital skill education. Through this partnership, application-skills intensives on campus (one per semester on Pomona, CA campus) provide valuable time for you to learn, practice, and apply skills and interact one-on-one with faculty and others in the class.

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To view application-skills intensives and other important college-specific dates, please view the Academic Calendar.

Clinical Practice Hours

Clinical practice hours are built into the ENP curriculum. Clinical practice-immersion experiences are established for each student across the two semesters and will include an urgent care and emergency department foci. Students will complete supervised clinical practice hours in a variety of established high-acuity patient care settings.

ENP – 270 clinical hours total

  • Semester 1 – 90 hours
  • Semester 2 – 180 hours

Student Assessment

Student performance in each semester will be assessed through a combination of skills intensive participation, written and oral presentations, and objective examination.