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-skills intensive each semester. The program itself consists of two, 6-unit courses (didactic and clinical), and a final case study project. Students take two courses per semester (6 units) for two semesters and complete their case study project in the second semester enabling them to complete the post graduate certificate in 2 semesters. 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-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-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. Students will complete clinical practice hours within a variety of established settings/community partners.
We Prepare You for Online Learning and Outstanding Academic Support

The pre-program course titled, “Communication and Information Management”, (CGN 5000) is mandatory for all students and is offered in the summer prior to your first semester. This course will orient you to the web-based format of all subsequent online courses, as well as familiarize you with the College of Graduate Nursing’s policies, student roles, and writing demands. Please note: CGN 5000 is not covered by financial aid.

During the pre-program, you’ll take part in computer skills training sessions in which you’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate Blackboard Learn, which is the e-platform system used to deliver online courses
  • Post comments on discussion boards via Blackboard Learn
  • Submit a paper online in APA format with references
  • Access internet resources

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.

Additionally, you can draw on the expertise of the Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Office (LEAD). Although located on campus, the LEAD office is available to our distance students via email and phone. LEAD staff are ready to assist you with many aspects of academic life such as review of APA formatting for scholarly papers and sharing suggestions for stress relief.
For more information, complete the information request form or contact Dr. Donna Emanuele, Director, ENP Program.