Moffett & Sanders 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.

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

Application Opens: January 1, 2020
Application Closes: October 1, 2020
Spring Entry Month: January, 2021

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

Application Requirements

  • Transcripts can be sent electronically to or by mail to: Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing Graduate Student Services
    800 Lakeshore Drive
    Birmingham, AL 35229
  • Three letters of recommendation – two professional (at least one supervisor) and one academic
  • Personal statement indicating career plans and likelihood of success in graduate study
  • Professional resume

Plan of Study

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for in-state and out-of-state students is $888 per credit hour. Tuition may be paid online or at Samford One Stop, and must be paid by the first day of each semester/term. Policies and methods for tuition and fee payment can be found in the Samford University catalog and the Samford One Stop website.

Fees are automatically generated following registration. For a full list of university, school and course fees please view our; graduate fees worksheet.

The following additional fees are applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year:

  • Background check – cost varies by state
  • Ess compliance account - $70

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is not available for certificate programs.