Examine the Curriculum

The Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certificate is designed for nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioners who desire or may be currently working in the Urgent Care or Emergency Department setting. Our two semester certificate curriculum allows you to be eligible to apply for the national certification exam as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

Our Post Graduate Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certificate builds on prior graduate course work and advanced-practice core knowledge in nursing. The curriculum provides students with the additional content and emergency nurse practitioner competencies needed for the highest level of advanced nursing practice in urgent care and emergency department settings.

Curriculum Overview

The two-semester curriculum is a flexible web-based program with one on-campus application-procedural skills intensive each semester. The program itself consists of two, 6-unit courses (didactic) and clinical (a total of 500 hours), ENP Grand Rounds (virtual presentation of case studies), and objective examination testing. As an ENP student you will also have extensive clinical practice immersion in the urgent care and emergency department setting. No extensions within the curriculum are available.

For more detail regarding the curriculum, please review the course descriptions (PDF) or visit the WesternU CGN website.

Web-Based Curriculum for Working Professionals

Curriculum core components:

  1. Self-directed web-based courses accessed over the internet. These courses use a highly self-directed approach in guiding students through the examination of course concepts which reflect the complexity of practice at the urgent care and emergency department level. While the readings and websites provide the necessary background information, assignments and online discussions provide the opportunity for you to process the information, internalize key concepts and demonstrate learning.
  2. Application-Procedural Skills Intensives on campus (one per semester) provide valuable time for you to interact one-on-one with faculty and others in the class. Application-Procedural Skills Intensives provide additional opportunities to learn, practice, and apply skills taught through the courses.
  3. Clinical Practice Hours are built into the ENP curriculum. Clinical Practice-immersion experiences are established for each student across the two semesters and will include an urgent care and emergency department focus (a total of 500 hours). Students will complete clinical practice hours within a variety of established settings/community partners.
We Provide Outstanding Academic Support

Caring about students and helping them achieve success is the hallmark of all WesternU faculty. Our nursing faculty are respected practitioners and scholars who keep pace with the latest teaching techniques and technology and are committed to helping you master the material.

The College of Graduate Nursing faculty and staff are also a great resource when it comes to your everyday support. Although you are studying at a distance, we work hard to connect with you to ensure you are on track to succeed in your courses and finish in a timely fashion.

The Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library and Bookstore are set up to support our students with textbook and academic research needs while the Computing Resources/Information Technology staff are available to our distance students for technical support. Electronic databases are available both on-campus and off-campus through the Library’s e-resources page.

The Office of Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Office (LEAD) is another resource for on-campus and prospective students. LEAD helps students connect academic success with wellbeing.  In individual counseling sessions, students learn time management, test taking, and studying strategies. LEAD facilitates training in managing stress, increasing focus, and professional skills. Also, LEAD offers academic writing support including review of APA formatting for scholarly papers.

For more information, complete the information request form or contact Dr. Donna Emanuele, Director, ENP Program.