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Nurse practitioners are prepared to practice at the most advanced level of nursing. This nurse practitioner certificate program, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, provides a foundation for this specialty. Courses focus on the development of a framework for patients with unexpected illness in pre-hospital, urgent care and emergency department settings. The focus of these courses is on the delivery of health care services to patients across the lifespan in these settings.
This program is offered in an in-person and iCourse format that requires students to travel to campus for up to a week for orientation at the beginning of the program and then two or three times per semester.
Required Core (15 credit hours)
DNP 610 Principles of Advanced Emergency Nursing I (3)
DNP 611 ENP Practicum I: Advanced Emergency Nursing Practice (3)
DNP 630 Principles of Advanced Emergency Nursing II (3)
DNP 631 ENP Practicum II: Advanced Emergency Nursing Practice (3)
DNP 649 Advanced Physiology (3)
Additional Curriculum Information
Every certificate student must complete 270 hours of direct patient care with a nurse practitioner or physician preceptor in the clinical setting. Documented clinical experiences are required by the certification organization (AANP) in order for the graduate to be eligible to take the national Emergency Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
Focused clinical experiences are arranged with appropriate preceptors and administrators. Every attempt is made to arrange this in the student's geographical area. In the event that clinical sites are unavailable in that area or if the faculty determine the student needs additional faculty supervision of skills, the student is required to complete the clinical experience in the Phoenix area. Experiences with disadvantaged and multicultural populations are encouraged as are experiences in rural areas, and sites are available for these experiences.