Attention: New ENPC Students

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We value the health of our students, faculty, and employees – and their loved ones. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have determined that it will not be safe to travel to campus for on-site instruction during Fall term. Instead, activities will be delivered synchronously via distance technology, at the scheduled dates and times. Please know that our most recent onsite session was conducted via distance, and was very successful.

1 Year | Limited-Residency | CCNE Accredited

Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Master’s)

Become an Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

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420 Clinical Contact Hours

15 Credits

3 Semesters

CCNE Accredited

AAENP Validated

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ENPC Program Highlights

Become a practicing emergency nurse practitioner. After graduating from our certificate program, you are eligible to take the AANPCB national certification exam for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner. After this, you will be able to apply for licensure in advanced practice nursing as an emergency nurse practitioner.

There’s a shortage of providers in emergency departments across the nation. Emergency nurse practitioners meet the national need for care providers with their unique abilities, education, and qualifications. 

Our program is specifically designed for practicing family nurse practitioners with a master’s degree in nursing (or higher). Keep caring for your patients without having to relocate while you earn your next credential. Our limited-residency program is designed for you, the busy FNP, who is ready to make an even greater impact on patients in emergency settings.

During the duration of the ENPC program, you have a four-day onsite instruction each semester (3 semesters total). While onsite, you will focus on intensive skills acquisitions, learn high-risk skills in high-fidelity simulation settings, and gain in-person hands-on emergency care skills in a university setting.
  • A master’s (or higher) degree in nursing from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

  • At least one year of clinical experience is preferred

  • An applicant must be certified as an FNP and hold a current unencumbered APRN license in his/her state of residence (If you are a current student in one of the FNP programs at RMUoHP, this requirement can be waived)

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ENPC Program Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help you prepare to be the best emergency nurse practitioner. Be a part of the solution to the emergency care shortage and offer the lifespan care your patients need.

Learn content needed to care for patients across the lifespan in ambulatory, urgent, and emergent settings. Focus on care for patients with cardiovascular, thoracic-respiratory, dermatologic, abdominal, musculoskeletal, psychiatric, traumatic, renal, genitourinary, endocrine, nervous, head, ear, nose, and throat system diseases and disorders.

Guided by your preceptor and program faculty, gain the hands-on experience you need to move into emergency care. Throughout the program, you will accrue 420 direct patient care clinical hours in emergency settings. You will fulfill the clinical components of the program in your home state without having to relocate.

Learn high-risk skills on our campus in high-fidelity simulation settings, including in the cadaver lab. Master airway techniques, resuscitation, anesthesia, and acute pain management, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Use and practice with the equipment you use in emergency care settings.

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The American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP) has agreed that the body of knowledge possessed by the FNP is the ideal basis for an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. In order to take the certification exam offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board, a candidate for the ENP must be a certified FNP.

You are not eligible for our ENPC program, but you are eligible for our dual FNPC/ENPC program. Our dual certificate program is designed to take you from being a practicing RN with an MSN to both an FNP and an ENP. However, if you are a current student in an FNP program at RMUoHP, the FNP certification and license requirement can be waived.

Ultimately, yes. You choose the clinical site in your community, and the preceptor, that best suits your goals and also meets program criteria.  As a distance program, we are not able to solicit placements for you. However, please know that a nursing faculty member will be available to assist you in this process.

Yes! After you graduate from our ENPC program you are eligible to take the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board certification exam for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

In each of your three semesters, you will take a course that requires clinical practicum hours.

  • Each semester, you must be cleared to begin clinical experience before you attend any clinical setting. The Program Director will give you clearance to start.
  • In semester 1 of your program, you may start your clinical practicum in Week 4 of the 15-week semester. This gives you time to acquire needed skills in a low-risk academic setting.
  • In semesters 2 and 3, you may start your clinical practicum in week 1 of the semester (as soon as classes begin).
In the event that onsite week must be done virtually (without travel to Utah), we will provide alternative means to learn and polish skills. Some teaching will be done synchronously, so please plan on virtual attendance in real-time, from 8 am to 5 pm MT, during onsite visits.
If clinical sites close to students, as they did during the winter semester of 2020, we will work with local and national leaders to explore alternative experiences. Ultimately, clinical experiences may need to be deferred until sites open again.
We have a process that outlines increasing levels of coaching and guidance from faculty and our three Directors of Clinical Education within the department. The university will assist with affiliation agreements and will review preceptor qualifications for you. Since we are a distance program, we can provide assistance to you but cannot solicit or set-up placements in your home state.
  • Transcripts that show your GPA and master’s (or higher) degree, including an FNP program
  • Copy of your FNP license
  • Letters of reference
  • Proof of current Pediatric ALS, BLS/ACLS certifications
  • Complete and pass a background check
  • Proof of IZ or titer

Course and program fees will pay for:

  • Ultrasound simulator for each student
  • EKG simulator for each student
  • An e-text that will be used throughout the program, for each student (only required text)
  • Disposable and other supplies
  • Cadaver laboratory experience
  • Review materials to prepare for the certification examination

You are invited to enroll in our DNP/FNP degree program AND the ENPC program, at the same time. Only one application is required for both programs. You may be able to complete both programs in 8 semesters, depending upon your individual circumstances.


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Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. (

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