A Post-Master's Certificate for Emergency Nursing Practice

This Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) Graduate Certificate is for board-certified Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) with a master's or higher in Nursing. See the Eligibility section below if you are still completing your FNP program/certification.

This post-master's certificate will prepare you to care for patients in emergency practice across the life span (pediatrics, adolescent, young adult, adult, older adult, and frail elderly), especially in the rural emergency care setting.

You can continue your current Family Nurse Practitioner nursing career while attending this graduate program due to the mostly-online asynchronous ("not at the same time") delivery format the majority of the year. There are two on-campus experiences in Greeley, Colorado.

Earn Your Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) Certification

Once you complete this certificate, you will be eligible to sit for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Emergency Nurse Practitioner Exam. Following national certification, you will be eligible to be recognized as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

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This program takes one year to complete.

Fall and Spring Terms

  • For most of each semester you will complete your coursework via asynchronous online delivery, meaning that you will not have scheduled times to attend online. You can complete your coursework when it is convenient for you, based on course deadlines.
  • You will complete 4-day on-campus intensive lab/simulation sessions in Greeley, Colorado, during both the Fall and Spring terms.

Summer Term: asynchronous online delivery.

ENP Certificate Exam: you will schedule and take your ENP board certification exam after completing this UNC certificate program. 

Required Coursework (16 Credit Hours)

An individualized post-graduate certificate program of study is determined by an evaluation of your previous course work and the completion of a gap analysis once you are accepted into the program.

To see a typical list of courses by term, visit an example Current Students page for this program.

For full program requirement details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

Clinical/Simulation/Lab Hours

A minimum of 420 clinical/simulation/lab hours are completed while enrolled in the program courses:

  • 360 minimum total clinical hours. These can be completed in your home state/area.
  • 60 minimum total simulation/lab hours. 

The clinical courses involve advanced skills labs, evidence-based practice simulations, and clinical decision-making competencies, as well as clinical hours in Emergency Medicine advanced practice skill acquisition.

Our clinical placement coordinator is dedicated to the Nurse Practitioner programs to assist Nurse Practitioner students in Colorado to find clinical placements and qualified preceptors (which include: licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, or physician assistants). The placement coordinator also provides administrative support and advice for students who will complete their clinical experiences outside of Colorado. All students should be prepared to actively network and locate clinical site experiences.

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