Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP)

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The dual Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)/Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) program prepares nurses with the experience necessary to provide direct patient management in urgent, emergent, and trauma care settings in addition to primary care settings.

Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP) Program Information

The University of South Alabama (USA) dual FNP/ENP program is offered as a master’s degree program.

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

  • 57 credit hours
  • 840 practicum hours  
  • 2 on-campus clinical intensives (3 on-campus clinical intensives starting 2023)

Upon graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner exams for board certification. Graduates must hold certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner in order to apply and become eligible for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner board certification exam offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board. Career opportunities for FNP/ENP program graduates include a variety of clinical settings, such as primary care offices, 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).

FNP/ENP Clinical Skills Intensive Session Dates Phase 1:

  • Session 1 – May 9-12, 2022 (M/T/W/Th)
  • Session 2 – May 23-26, 2022 (M/T/W/Th)
  • Session 3 – June 6-9, 2022 (M/T/W/Th)
  • Session 4 – June 13-16, 2022 (M/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 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

BSN-MSN students complete all support, MSN core, MSN specialty courses for a total of 57 credit hours.  The MSN degree must be completed within five 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
MSN Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3 credit hours
NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credit hours
NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credit hours
Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Geron Acute Care NP) Specialty Courses
NU 580 – Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for FNP/ENP 2 credit hours
NU 581 – Family/Emergency NP I 5 credit hours
NU 582 – Family/Emergency NP Practicum I – 120 Clinical Hours 2 credit hours
NU 583 – Family/Emergency NP II 5 credit hours
NU 584 – Family/Emergency NP Practicum II – 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours
NU 585 – Family/Emergency NP III 5 credit hours
NU 586 – Family/Emergency NP Practicum III – 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours
NU 587 – Family/Emergency NP IV 5 credit hours
NU 588 – Family/Emergency NP Practicum IV – 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours
RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.
RN-MSN Courses
NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credits
NU 450 - Leadership & Management Roles for Professional Nursing Practice 4 credit hours
NU 452 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health 4 credit hours
▼   Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Certification

The University of South Alabama Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides the skills necessary for a rewarding career. Graduates are eligible and prepared to complete the appropriate national certification exam and apply for licensure to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). It is the graduate’s responsibility to ensure the program meets the requirements to practice in their selected state or U.S. territory.


Contact Information

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

At this time, we are not accepting students for the FNP/ENP specialty from the following states: Louisiana, South Dakota, and New York.