This M.S.N. 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 both national certification exams, our pass rates are consistently at or near 100 percent.

The program encompasses comprehensive, across the life-span primary care and emergency/urgent care. Entry to this program is available in the spring 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 significant advancements in the academic preparation of nurse practitioners. 

Why Samford?

Nurse practitioner students:

  • Earn a Master of Science in Nursing 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 health care sites across the United States, ranging from pediatrics to obstetrics/gynecology to adult/geriatrics to emergency/urgent care
  • 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
  • Seamlessly continue into our Doctor of Nursing Practice Program without reapplying


The FNP/ENP nurse practitioner program prepares you to:

  • Obtain family nurse practitioner certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Obtain specialty certification as an emergency nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) 
  • Provide care for patients in  primary care as well as urgent care facilities and hospital-based emergency departments
  • Provide care congruent with the Family Nurse Practitioner Competencies and 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

FNP/ENP Nurse Practitioner Admission Deadline

Spring M.S.N. Entry Month: January (7 semester plan of study)
Slate Application Deadline: Extended to October 1, 2019

FNP/ENP Nurse Practitioner Admission Criteria

  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • B.S.N. from CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) and regionally accredited program
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing courses
  • A video submission
  • 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 575 (paper) or 90 (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

FNP/ENP Nurse Practitioner Application Process

Applications to the FNP/ENP Practitioner program are submitted online through Slate

Transcripts can be sent electronically to or by mail to:

Office of Admission
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Plan of Study

Tuition and Fees

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