Detroit Mercy offers Michigan’s first Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certificate program

September 24, 2019

A photo of an emergency nurse situation.Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions is now accepting applications from Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) for the institution’s new online Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) Post-FNP Certificate program.

It is one of only 10 such programs in the country and the first of its kind to be offered by a Michigan university.

Detroit Mercy’s innovative online program prepares the FNP to provide urgent and emergent health care services to patients of all ages. The program is built upon the University’s highly regarded family nurse practitioner specialty and will prepare students for the AANPCP Emergency Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Exam upon program completion.

“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 program because of its commitment to building highly skilled and culturally sensitive practitioners.”

According to statistics, the 2018 median salary range for nurse practitioners, which make up the majority of those studying to become an ENP, is $107,000 annually. In addition, the 10-year growth outlook for the FNP field shows a 26% increase. Ruel noted that current healthcare trends indicate a move toward requiring ENP certification in the future in order for family nurse practitioners to secure employment in emergency department environments.

This new program is part of University of Detroit Mercy’s McAuley School of Nursing graduate programs, which are consistently ranked nationally in U.S. News & World Report. Students in the online ENP program will need to be on campus for intensive clinicals one time each semester. Those who complete the three-semester program will be eligible to sit for the AANPCP Emergency Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Exam.

Applications must be received by Dec. 13 to be considered for the program’s first cohort, which begins in January 2020. To register and for more information, visit To apply, visit or call Graduate Nurse Recruiter Suzanne Erwin at 313-993-1828.