Emergency Nurse Practitioner
(Dual Family/Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse)

As an Emergency Nurse Practitioner, you will treat emergency room patients across the lifespan with urgent primary care needs, acute and critical illnesses or those with accidental injuries or trauma.

If you are an experienced nurse who is ready to work in a fast-paced clinical setting and treat varying levels of acuity, the Emergency Nurse Practitioner program may be right for you. This is a dual focus Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program that prepares you as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

You will meet the growing need among emergency departments for skilled providers to treat children, adults and seniors with urgent primary care needs, critical illnesses, injuries or trauma.


Our Strengths

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is ranked as the #11 graduate school of nursing, according to U.S. News and World Report. We are also next door to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. But most importantly, we are committed to the success of our students. We offer a rigorous curriculum taught by doctorally prepared faculty who share their own diverse, real-world experience.  Our students benefit from low faculty-to-student ratios and personalized attention.  You will also benefit from your classmates with diverse backgrounds and experiences that will enrich your learning experience.


Our Curriculum

This innovative program, the first dual Emergency Nurse Practitioner program in the country, offers a unique curriculum to prepare nurses at the advanced practice level to provide emergency care across the lifespan for all acuities.;Our program is built upon our highly respected Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner programs. The Family Nurse Practitioner program teaches preventive health, patient education, disease management, and illness prevention strategies for everyone from infants to seniors. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program teaches specialized care such as complex and continuous monitoring, intricate or invasive therapies, and interpretation of diagnostic testing for adults and geriatric populations.


Education Format

Applicants are required to have at least two years of current RN Experience, one full year of which must be as an RN in the Emergency Department. Our curriculum is offered in a modified distance learning format that allows you to earn your degree without having to relocate or give up employment (Click here for more information).


Career Opportunities

As an Emergency Nurse Practitioner, you can serve your patients in a variety of practice settings, such as:


  • Critical Access Hospitals
  • Fast-track Emergency Departments
  • Main Emergency Departments
  • Urgent Care Clinics

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