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University of Detroit Mercy first in Michigan to offer Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certificate program

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September 24, 2019
DETROIT—University of 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 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 https://bit.ly/2m3SKrq. To apply, visit
http://www.udmercy.edu/admission/apply.php or call Graduate Nurse Recruiter Suzanne Erwin at 313-993-1828.

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About University of Detroit Mercy
University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest and most comprehensive Catholic university, sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Today's University boasts the heritage of two founding institutions: the University of Detroit, founded in 1877 by the Jesuits, and Mercy College of Detroit, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1941.  The two consolidated as University of Detroit Mercy in 1990. Detroit Mercy offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional academic degrees and programs through seven schools and colleges. Detroit Mercy educates the whole person, focusing on the value of excellent academics, service to the community and a deeper spirituality to prepare graduates to live lives of purpose and conscience. For more information, please visit www.udmercy.edu.
Contact:
Gary J. Erwin, Associate Vice President
(313) 578-0339

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