Dual Nurse Practitioner (Family/Emergency)

This dual degree program will prepare you to meet the eligibility criteria to sit for both the Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner certification exams at the national level. On the family nurse practitioner national certification exam, our pass rates are consistently at or near 100 percent.

The BSN-to-DNP dual degree program is a full time, 11 semester plan of study that encompasses comprehensive, across the life-span care and emergency/urgent care. Entry to this program is available in the fall of each year. Upon completion, graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of health care settings.

This is an exciting new opportunity that offers major advancements in the academic preparation of nurse practitioners. Samford University’s nationally ranked graduate nursing program is proud to be one of the few online programs to offer this dual degree program.

Why Samford?

Dual nurse practitioner students:

  • Earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree online without having to relocate 
  • Participate in cutting edge, web-based learning with clinical experiences close to home
  • Access all coursework and resources anywhere, anytime and from any internet-connected electronic device
  • Complete clinical hours in a variety of primary care sites across the United States, ranging from pediatrics to obstetrics/gynecology to adult/geriatrics
  • Receive instruction from experienced nurse practitioners and physicians who are dedicated to excellent patient care and student education
  • Receive close, personal attention from highly educated and experienced faculty who are readily available to you
  • Experience a rich tradition of high academic standards and quality education practices
  • Visit Samford's beautiful campus in Birmingham for four required sessions during the program


The dual nurse practitioner program prepares you to:

  • Obtain specialty certification as an emergency nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) that will recognize your expertise in emergency care
  • Expand your scope of practice beyond primary care to include urgent care facilities and hospital-based emergency departments
  • Lead an interdisciplinary team in urgent care, fast track, and emergency practice settings
  • Deliver evidence-based care for common acute health conditions and exacerbations of chronic diseases
  • Function as a provider in the care of patients with life-threatening, traumatic injuries in pre-hospital, emergency department, and emergency transport settings
  • Contribute to the healthcare system as a specialist in emergency care cost-containment and resource utilization
  • Provide care congruent with the Emergency Nurses Association Competencies for Nurse Practitioners in Emergency Care
  • Increase your marketability as a provider in an ever-changing healthcare climate 

Admission Requirements & Criteria

Dual Nurse Practitioner (Family/Emergency) Admission Deadline

Spring D.N.P. Entry Month: January
Slate Application Deadline: 
October 1

Dual Nurse Practitioner (Family/Emergency) Admission Criteria

  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • B.S.N. from CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited program
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing courses
  • A video submission (link to this site will be provided when application has been submitted.)
  • One undergraduate course in nursing research with a grade of C (2.0) or better
  • One undergraduate health assessment course with a grade of B (3.0) or better
  • International applicants (applicants who are not United States citizens or Permanent Residents) must contact the director of graduate student services for detailed program requirements
  • American citizens or Permanent Residents who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $750 is required to secure admission to the program. This fee is applied to the first semester's tuition. 
  • Should any of the above conditions not be met, the applicant may be considered on an individual basis. 

Application Process

Dual Nurse Practitioner Application Process

Applications to the Family Nurse Practitioner program are submitted online through Slate

Transcripts can be sent electronically to admission@samford.edu or by mail to:

Office of Admission
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Plan of Study

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