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.

20 Months | Limited-Residency | CCNE Accredited

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate/Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Master’s)

Become a Family Nurse Practitioner & Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

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960 Clinical Contact Hours

46 Credits

5 Semesters

CCNE Accredited

AAENP Validated

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What Makes Our FNPC/ENPC Program Different

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

Our program is specifically designed for practicing nurses with a master’s degree in nursing (or higher).  Keep caring for your patients and living in your place of choice while you earn your next credentials. Our limited-residency program is designed for you, the busy nurse, who is ready to make an even greater impact on patients in family care and emergency settings.

There’s a shortage of primary care and emergency department providers across the nation. FNP/ENPs can meet the shortage with their unique abilities, education, and qualifications to offer primary and emergency care across the lifespan. 

During the duration of the FNPC/ENPC program, you have 7 weeks of onsite instruction (divided across the five semesters of the program) at our campus in Provo, Utah. During the onsite visits, you will focus on intensive skills acquisitions, learn high-risk skills in high-fidelity simulation settings, and gain in-person, hands-on primary and 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 hold a current unencumbered RN license in his/her state of residence

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FNPC/ENPC Program Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help you prepare to be the best family nurse practitioner and 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 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.

Learn content needed to diagnose and manage care for patients throughout the life cycle, children, adolescents, adults, older adults, and families. Develop expertise in obstetrics, pediatrics, gynecology, geriatrics, men’s health, and more. Learn and explore differential diagnoses and treatment plans that include genetic, age, gender, and cultural influences, as well as laboratory findings, primary care procedures, and diagnostic studies.

Guided by your preceptor and program faculty, gain the hands-on experience you need to move into family and emergency care. Throughout the program, you will accrue 960 clinical contact hours (420 in family care and 540 in emergency care) direct patient care clinical contact hours in emergency and family care settings. Fulfill the clinical components of the program in your home state.

Learn high-risk skills on our campus in high-fidelity simulation settings, including 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 primary and emergency care settings.

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FAQ’s

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.

We currently offer an ENPC program designed for FNPs. Qualified FNPs can apply to our ENPC program, which only takes one year to go from being an FNP to an FNP/ENP.

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 FNPC/ENPC dual certificate program you are eligible to take the national certification exams for the Family Nurse Practitioner and for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner. You will need to have your FNP certification prior to being eligible to test for your ENP certification.

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.
Your courses will contain high-stakes exams with questions designed to duplicate those on your certification exam. In addition, your fees pay for review materials that improve the probability that you will pass the exam on the first attempt.
  • Transcripts that show your GPA and master’s (or higher) degree
  • 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.

Accreditation

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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. (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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