Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP)

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The dual Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)/Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) program prepares nurses with the experience necessary to provide direct patient management in urgent, emergent, and trauma care settings in addition to primary care settings.

Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP) Program Information

The University of South Alabama (USA) dual FNP/ENP program is offered as a master’s degree program.

With the combination of dynamic coursework, on-campus skills intensives, and clinical experiences, the dual FNP/ENP curriculum prepares students to provide care to patients of all ages. Clinical settings may include primary care clinics, urgent care offices, emergency departments, and emergency ground/air transport services. Our rigorous FNP/ENP curriculum consists of the following:

  • 57 credit hours
  • 840 practicum hours  
  • 2 on-campus clinical intensives (3 on-campus clinical intensives starting 2023)

Upon graduation, students will be prepared to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner exams for board certification. Graduates must hold certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner in order to apply and become eligible for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner board certification exam offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board. Career opportunities for FNP/ENP program graduates include a variety of clinical settings, such as primary care offices, urgent care clinics, emergency department fast-track areas, main emergency departments, and trauma resuscitation units.

▼   Advanced Practice Clinical Skills Intensive

All students in the Dual FNP/ENP (Family NP/ Emergency NP) specialty are required to attend three* mandatory on-campus Clinical Skills Intensives (CSI) provided by the USA Simulation Program beginning in 2023.

The first two clinical skills intensive provides hands-on instruction for common advanced practice assessments and procedures pertinent to the specialty clinicals starting that fall. The third phase includes simulation scenarios and standardized patient encounters to demonstrate clinical skills for evaluation prior to completing the program. 

Students must sign-up to attend one session for each phase and can select preferred dates on a first come, first serve basis. Simulation will contact students with information via JagMail on how to sign-up three months prior to the scheduled dates.

Please note the dates are for Clinical Skills Intensives only. The track coordinator may provide orientation dates, which are separate from CSI and Simulation.

Phase 1: The first mandatory CSI will cover FNP clinical skills during the summer semester before the student is enrolled in the first clinical course NU 582.

FNP Phase 1 Clinical Skills Intensive Dates

Phase 2: The second mandatory CSI will cover emergency skills  just prior to summer semester enrolled in NU 585

ENP Phase 2 Clinical Skills Intensive Dates

*Session 1 is tentative and may be canceled depending on student numbers.

  • Session 1 – May 2-4, 2023
  • Session 2 – May 8-11, 2023

*Students who completed the 4 day FNP-ENP CSI in 2022 are not required to attend Phase 2 in 2023, unless specifically required by the College of Nursing.

Phase 3: The third mandatory CSI will be during the fall semester when the student is enrolled in the last clinical course NU 588.

Clinical Skills Intensive Check-Off (Dual Role Phase 3) Dates

▼   Curriculum

BSN-MSN students complete all support, MSN core, MSN specialty courses for a total of 57 credit hours.  The MSN degree must be completed within five years.

Support Courses
NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credit hours
NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credit hours
NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credit hours
MSN Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3 credit hours
NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credit hours
NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credit hours
Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Geron Acute Care NP) Specialty Courses
NU 580 – Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for FNP/ENP 2 credit hours
NU 581 – Family/Emergency NP I 5 credit hours
NU 582 – Family/Emergency NP Practicum I – 120 Clinical Hours 2 credit hours
NU 583 – Family/Emergency NP II 5 credit hours
NU 584 – Family/Emergency NP Practicum II – 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours
NU 585 – Family/Emergency NP III 5 credit hours
NU 586 – Family/Emergency NP Practicum III – 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours
NU 587 – Family/Emergency NP IV 5 credit hours
NU 588 – Family/Emergency NP Practicum IV – 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours
RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.
RN-MSN Courses
NU 506 - Evidence-Based Practice & Informatics for Professional Nurses 4 credit hours
NU 507 - Leadership & Management Roles for Professional Nurses 4 credit hours
NU 508 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Professional Nurses 4 credit hours
▼   Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Certification

The University of South Alabama Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides the skills necessary for a rewarding career. Graduates are prepared to complete the appropriate national certification exam and may be eligible to apply for licensure to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).


Contact Information

For more information about this specialty, please feel free to contact the FNP/ENP program coordinator, Dr. Wesley Davis: wesleydavis@southalabama.edu.

At this time, we are not accepting students for the FNP/ENP specialty from the following states: Louisiana, South Dakota, and New York.