Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Post-MSN Certificate (0480)



Program Coordinator

Maria E. Main, eve.main@wku.edu, (270) 745-3489

This certificate is intended for family, adult, and pediatric nurse practitioners currently practicing in emergency departments, critical access hospitals, and urgent care settings. It provides nursing professionals the opportunity to develop skills and competencies identified by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) as essential in these practice settings. The curriculum is built upon the NONFP competencies and the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) requirements for advanced specialty certification.

Program Admission

  1. Current resume
  2. Goal statement
  3. Three references on form provided
  4. Completion of MSN, DNP or higher degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program with a specialty as a Family Nurse, Pediatric, or Adult Nurse Practitioner
  5. Provide proof of national certification in specialty
  6. Hold unencumbered APRN license in Kentucky or state of residence
  7. One year of experience as NP

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (12 hours)

The pharmacology course requirement may be transferred from an accredited nursing program if successfully completed within the past 6 years and provided documentation of update through continuing education.

Required Courses
NURS 515Advanced Pharmacology4
NURS 650Emergency/Urgent Care I2
NURS 651Emergency/Urgent Care Clinical I2
NURS 652Emergency/Urgent Care II2
NURS 653Emergency/Urgent Care Clinical II2
Total Hours12