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 (3 on-campus clinical intensives starting 2023)

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.

▼   NP Clinical Skills Intensive

Students in the Emergency NP specialty are required to attend two NP Clinical Skills Intensives (CSI) provided by the USA Simulation Program.  These on-campus Clinical Skills Intensives include basic skills workshops, simulation labs, and clinical exams. These visits are called Phase 1 and Phase 2. For both mandatory visits, students will only attend ONE of the session dates listed and will have an opportunity to request a preferred date once notified by the USA Simulation department. Dates will be released by the USA Simulation Department three months prior to the scheduled sessions.

Phase 1: The first mandatory CSI on-campus visit will be during the summer semester before the student is enrolled in the first clinical course (NU 582).

ENP Clinical Skills Intensive Session Dates Phase 1:

  • May 10-12, 2022 (T/W/Th)
  • May 24-26, 2022 (T/W/Th)
  • June 7-9, 2022 (T/W/Th)
  • June 14-16, 2022 (T/W/Th)

Please note these dates are for Clinical Skills Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates.

Phase 2: The second mandatory CSI on-campus visit will be during the fall semester when the student is enrolled in the last clinical course (NU 588).

FNP/ENP Clinical Skills Intensive Session Dates Phase 2:

  • Session 1 – October 27, 2022 (Th)
  • Session 2 – October 28, 2022 (F)
  • Session 3 – November 3, 2022 (Th)
  • Session 4 – November 4, 2022 (F)
  • Session 5 – November 9, 2022 (W)
  • Session 6 – November 10, 2022 (Th)
  • Session 7 – November 17, 2022 (Th)
  • Session 8 – November 18, 2022 (F)

Please note these dates are for Clinical Skills Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates.

PHASE 3 COMING 2023 - Phases will be scheduled over the year.

▼   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 – Emergency Nursing I 2 credit hours
NU 571 – Emergency Nursing Practicum I – 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
NU 572 – Emergency Nursing II 2 credit hours
NU 573 – Emergency Nursing Practicum II – 60 Clinical Hours 1 credit hours
NU 574 – Emergency Nursing III 2 credit hours
NU 575 – Emergency Nursing Practicum III – 60 Clinical Hours 1 credit hours
NU 576 – Emergency Nursing IV 2 credit hours
NU 577 – 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.