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WesternU College of Graduate Nursing Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) proegram students get hands-in training during an ENP procedural skills day Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. The students learned about sututing, ear and nose techniques and also went to the WestrernU Eye Care Institute to learn about vision exams.

Certificate Programs

Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-Masters FNP)

The College of Graduate Nursing at WesternU pioneered the delivery of a web-based family nurse practitioner program – the very first of its kind at the time of its inception in 1997. Designed for nurses with a master’s degree in nursing, our hybrid Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate program integrates online learning with intensive face-to-face seminar weekends and clinical experiences in the students’ own community. Students can obtain their FNP certification in one year (full-time) or two years (extended track).

Learn More: Post-Masters FNP Certificate

Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP)

Western University of Health Sciences, College of Graduate Nursing’s is proud to offer 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 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 foundation for role preparation in this dynamic practice setting. We look forward to working with you!

Learn More: ENP Certificate

Post-Masters PMHNP

WesternU’s College of Graduate Nursing Post-Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is for nursing professionals who have an MSN.  To provide maximum scheduling and pacing flexibility while eliminating the need to commute daily to campus, the College of Graduate Nursing uses a combination of self-directed learning activities, collaborative projects, and seminar intensives.

Learn More: Post-Masters PMHNP Certificate

Clinical Experience

  • Post-Masters (PMHNP)

    As a PMHNP-track student, you will complete a minimum of 540 precepted clinical hours in your community. A qualified preceptor, such as a physician, counselor, psychiatric me. As a PMHNP-track student, you will complete a minimum of 540 precepted clinical hours in your community.

    A qualified preceptor, such as a physician, counselor, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, will mentor you through this skill-building phase. Your preceptor is an important partner in your education. CGN will assist with locating preceptors as close to your home as possible, though in some instances, students may have to travel for clinical rotations. The partnership between you and the mentor not only prepares you for clinical practice, but also positions you for employment opportunities.

    Your clinical experiences focus on meeting the mental health needs of the individual client, the family, or the group. Through your clinical experiences, you will encounter children, adolescents, adults, and older adults for acute, chronic, or complex mental health needs. You will gain experiences in addiction medicine and you will learn multiple modalities of counseling. Your clinical settings may include inpatient settings, outpatient or ambulatory care settings, substance abuse treatment centers, urgent or emergent care setting, homeless shelters.

    Most students obtain precepted experiences at multiple sites to obtain the widest possible experience in practice patterns, skill sets, and specialties. Clinical faculty will perform evaluations each semester to determine your progress with preceptor interactions, and patient encounters to ensure your experiences meet our rigorous standards.

  • Post-Masters FNP

    As an FNP-track student, you will complete 675 precepted clinical hours in your community. Working with Medical Doctors (MD’s), Osteopathic Physicians (DO’s) and Nurse Practitioners who agree to mentor you through this skill-building phase, your local preceptor will make sure you receive an outstanding learning experience at a site as close to home as possible.

    Your clinical experiences focus on ambulatory, primary-care practice. Geriatric, adult, pediatric, obstetric and gynecologic populations are all included in your clinical rotations that take place in a range of settings, including private practices, community clinics, public health facilities, and some specialty clinics. During your seminar weekends, classes and skills workshops introduce skills and intellectual concepts that you will integrate into your clinical rotations.

    This partnership between the academic and clinical worlds not only prepares you for clinical practice, but also positions you for employment opportunities.

    Most students obtain precepted experiences at multiple sites to obtain the widest possible experience in practice patterns, skill sets, and specialties. Clinical faculty will perform evaluations each semester to determine your progress with preceptor interactions, and patient encounters to ensure your experiences meet our rigorous standards.

    You will have your choice of working in community clinics, private practices, urgent care sites, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, Indian reservations, military sites, specialty clinics, or family practices within your home state.