Detroit Mercy’s Emergency Nurse Practitioner program offers unique post-graduate opportunity in Michigan

October 25, 2021

Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing is the only Michigan university to offer an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) program.

The ENP program is a one-year online program and is a post-Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) program. The ENP program offered by Detroit Mercy is one of only 14 across the country.

“Family Nurse Practitioners working in the emergency department need specialty training and certification to care for patients in urgent and emergent situations,” said Detroit Mercy Clinical Associate Professor Jennifer Ruel. “Detroit Mercy is in a unique position to provide this one-year certificate program because of its commitment to building highly skilled and culturally sensitive practitioners and leaders in today’s healthcare arena.”

The online ENP program prepares students for the AANPCP Emergency Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Exam upon the program’s completion and is AAENP approved.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2021 median range salary for those training to become an ENP is $116,906 annually. Ruel noted that students from the first cohort in 2021 said that it was a great learning experience and that they felt well-prepared to work in emergency medicine.

Students in the online ENP program will need to be on campus for intensive clinicals two days each semester, in March or April and again in July.

“To become a successful ENP takes much focus, learning and determination,” said Nicole Zmijewski, an ENP student at the University. “The ENP program at University of Detroit Mercy has not only laid the groundwork to establish a successful foundation but has enlisted instructors who have a passion for emergency medicine. Together, all the elements have created an optimal atmosphere for academic achievement and ENP certification.”

The program, now entering its second year, is part of Detroit Mercy’s McAuley School of Nursing graduate programs, which are consistently ranked nationally in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” editions. In January, the University’s online graduate nursing program received a No. 115 ranking. 

Applications must be received by Dec. 1 to be considered for the winter semester, which begins in January 2022. To register and for more information, visit the ENP program’s website.