Ida Moffett School of Nursing offers an Emergency Nurse Practitioner certificate for licensed family nurse practitioners (FNP) who already have a graduate nursing degree. Completion of this ENP certificate program prepares you to sit for the ENP national certification exam with AANPCB. The ENP certificate program is 12 credits total taught during fall and spring semester. Students enter the program in August and complete the program in May. One campus visit for 3 days is required in August.

Why Samford?

  • Earn a certificate 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 settings across the United States
  • 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


  • Obtain specialty certification as an emergency nurse practitioner (ENP) through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) that will recognize your expertise in emergency care
  • Expand your 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 across the lifespan 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 health care 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 health care climate


Application Deadline

April 1 for Fall entry in August

Admission Criteria

  • Graduate degree in nursing from CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited program
  • Hold current national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Active unencumbered nursing license
  • Emergency department or critical care experience preferred
  • A video submission
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  • 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 into 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

Plan of Study

Tuition and Fees

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