Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP)

Meet the ENP Administration & Support Staff

Meet the ENP Program Director Donna Emanuele, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, FAANP and
ENP Clinical Coordinator, Lisa Ponsford, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Donna EmanueleIt is our pleasure to welcome you to Western University’s, College of Graduate Nursing (CGN). We are excited to be offering our first Post Graduate Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) Certificate in California at our college for nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) that desire a dual role in the subspecialty practice of Urgent and Emergency Care. Our distance-web based hybrid model provides the working FNP the ability to enhance and advance their knowledge, skills and training; integrating the ENP competencies and Scope and Standards for Emergency Nurse Practitioner practice as a foundation for role preparation in this dynamic practice setting.

Our graduate nursing education provides the academic preparation and skills necessary for ENP role development as advanced practice registered nurses. Your integration into the subspecialty practice of urgent and emergency care is supported by community based preceptors and faculty instructors that will assist in your role transition as successful ENPs.

Lisa PonsfordOur Post Graduate ENP certificate curriculum integrates a step-wise approach to learning by adapting and blending content across high acuity urgent and emergency care settings throughout the life span to real life experiences interacting with students as they solve problems through case study and review of system methodology.

On behalf of the ENP faculty at Western University’s, College of Graduate Nursing, we congratulate you on your acceptance to our Post Graduate ENP certificate. We look forward to working with you.




Welcome from ENP Program Support Kelley Montz, PhD(c)

I assist the students and the faculty for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) program, and oversee many of the administrative processes.  We will work together to make sure you meet all of the requirements of the ENP program.  If you have a university, college or program question and you are not sure who to ask you can always start with me and I will work to either find the answer or get you in touch with the right person.  I am looking forward to meeting you at Welcome Week, and supporting you throughout the ENP program. For ENP program-specific questions, you can reach me at kmontz@westernu.edu.




 ENP Program Specific Orientation on August 5

As a new ENP student, you will obtain pertinent information about the ENP program on Thursday, August 5th from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. You will receive information about the program curriculum, clinical hours, and much more. You will also have an opportunity to meet the program director, faculty, and support staff.

ENP Welcome Week Agenda

ENP Orientation Welcome Week PowerPoint



Is there an orientation program before I begin?

All students enrolled in the College of Graduate Nursing will be required to attend the University campus orientation in August prior to beginning classes their first year—this is called “Welcome Week.” During orientation, students will participate in both college and university sessions. Students will be provided with schedules and dates for the university orientation program. 

Additionally, students in all programs are required to enroll in GN 5000 which is a pre-program course designed to introduce the learner to a variety of computer and learning skills and all of CGN policy and resources. All students will begin GN 5000 Communication and Information Management, which prepares students for success in Western University of Health Sciences’ computer-based courses, prior to Welcome Week. For more information regarding the GN 5000, please click on the link in the left-hand menu titled “Orientation Packet Forms & Other Resources”.

Is this an online program?

The ENP program is web-based with two campus-based seminar intensives.

Is it true that the tuition cost for GN 5000 pre-program course is not covered by financial aid?

Yes, this is true because it is a prerequisite to enter the program; therefore, this course is not part of your core curriculum and so it is not covered by financial aid.

If you still have additional questions, please email Eva Badouin at ebadouin@westernu.edu.