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The Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) is a master’s-prepared advanced practice nurse who provides care in a variety of locations including urgent care, fast-track, rural, and urban emergency department settings. The ENP works collaboratively with interdisciplinary patient care teams, including those from the pre-hospital sector, to provide high-quality, evidence-based emergency care for patients of all ages and acuities. Emergency care focuses on provision of expeditious evaluation, assessment of physical findings, diagnosis, treatment and education for a variety of urgent and emergent medical and traumatic conditions.  The ENP functions as a health care provider, an interdisciplinary leader, and an effective communicator; and promotes evidence-based practice when planning and providing patient care. The ENP is an expert in time management, cost-containment, resource utilization, multitasking, and safety promotion; and must remain current in knowledge and understanding of laws and regulations specific to the provision of emergency care. ENPs are employed in a wide variety of settings including but not limited to urgent care facilities, fast-track clinics, emergency departments, and emergency transport services.

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Emergency Nurse Practitioner Subspecialty Courses Overview

Didactic content is provided in and 4 emergency nurse practitioner subspecialty courses and provides the student with a strong advanced primary care base for caring for patients with common health problems. Clinical experiences in a variety of emergency care settings offer preparation for the advanced practice role. Students who start course work in the summer semester will take 3 semesters to complete the program.


Orientation and Intensives

Students are required to visit the campus in Birmingham, Alabama for orientation and three multiday intensives.  Should academic problems arise, an additional on-campus visit may be required.

Certification and Licensure


Once you successfully complete the course work, you will have successfully obtained the didactic education requirements for your portfolio towards a national certification examination for your specialty. Nurse Practitioners also are licensed by the states in which they practice and are subject to the rules and regulations of that state's practice act.

For more information:

Melanie G. Hallman, DNP, CRNP, CEN
Subspecialty Course Coordinator
205.934.6552 |


The Master's Degree Program in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (