Emergency / Trauma Care

hospital emergency setting

Emergency/Trauma Care at a Glance

  • Admit Terms: Spring and Fall
  • Credit Requirement: 10 credit hours
  • Enrollment Mode: Hybrid/Blend; students meet for 3-4 consecutive days once a semester for didactic courses

Cizik School of Nursing Emergency/Trauma Care concentration focuses on different aspects of emergency care and is offered as a post-graduate certificate or as an add on concentration to the Family Nurse Practitioner MSN. Students enrolled in the program will focus on patient presentations in emergency departments and acute ambulatory care settings including resuscitative trauma. Additionally, students will acquire knowledge in high acuity emergency presentations including management of chronic disease exacerbation. 

Graduates of the advanced practice degrees are eligible to take national certification exams and eligible for licensure as an Advance Practice Nurse in Texas. Requirements for other states vary and graduates should check individual state requirements prior to applying for an advanced practice status or license. 

Enrollment Options

Concurrent Student Enrollment – Students who are enrolled in the Cizik School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) MSN program are eligible to request admission into the Emergency/Trauma Care (ETC) concentration.  The ETC didactic courses will be taken concurrently with the student’s other graduate courses. The clinical component will be taken the semester after graduations from the primary MSN program. MSN students start the ETC sequence either during or after FNP I.  

Post-Graduate Completion - Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) are eligible to apply as a post-master’s program applicant. Upon completion, students will receive a recognition of achievement issued from the School of Nursing. A transcript noting the courses taken will also be available.

How to Apply

Concurrent Enrollment - FNP students currently enrolled at the Cizik School of Nursing who seek to enroll in the Emergency/Trauma concentration must complete the School's regular application for the term, and by the deadline they are seeking to enroll. The $60.00 application fee is required, however transcripts and letters of recommendation are not necessary.

Post-Graduate Completion- Advanced practice RN seeking post-master’s admission must meet the minimum admission requirements and submit the online application for admission as a non-degree student. All potential post-master’s students must be nationally certified by ANCC or AANPCP as an FNP. 

Career Opportunities

Completion of the ETC concentration will open doors to emergency departments, urgent care centers and fast-paced primary care settings in urban and rural areas. Family nurse practitioner graduates cannot work in intensive care units in tertiary settings in accordance with the Consensus model 2008 trauma. The ETC graduate will meet the competencies for NPs in emergency care.

Financial Support

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Emergency and Trauma Care Education Partnership (ETEP) grants program provides financial support to students accepted into Cizik School of Nursing's Emergency/Trauma Care Program. The funds, when available, are intended to help students cover lost wages due to the heavy clinical load in the third semester. Admitted ETC students classified as Texas residents for tuition purposes are considered for funding. 

Student Support

Each student at Cizik School of Nursing is assigned a primary advisor at the time of admission to the program. The student and the academic advisor will complete a plan to specify which courses are to be taken to complete the requirements. If accepted into the ETC program, Dr. Ramirez will serve as secondary advisor and will work closely with the primary advisor to ensure that degree requirements are clearly established and adhered to for both programs.

Curriculum Plans

The ETC is a distance-based program. The didactic courses will be delivered mostly online with all students being required to attend class every semester for 3-4 consecutive days. Please note courses ending with a "B" are clinical courses (these courses may incur additional fees); courses with a 'W' are web-based.

Master's Program (NP Tracks)
Course #Course TitleHours
N6271W Emergency/Trauma Care I 2
N6272W Emergency/Trauma Care II 2
N6271B Emergency/Trauma Care I Clinical (180 hours) 3
N6272B Emergency/Trauma Care II Clinical (180 hours) This clinical sequence is completed after graduation 3
Total 10
Course #Course TitleHours
N6271W Emergency/Trauma Care I 2
N6271B Emergency/Trauma Care I Clinical (180 hours) 3
N6272W Emergency/Trauma Care II 2
N6272B Emergency/Trauma Care II Clinical (180 hours) This clinical sequence is completed after graduation 3
Total 10

For additional details on preceptorships, review the Preceptor Guidelines(pdf) which provide an outline of preceptor and clinical site selection criteria and the roles and responsibilities of the student, preceptor, faculty, and clinical site in the precepted clinical experience.

Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston reserve the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I apply if I am an out-of-state student?

A:Unfortunately no, students admitted into the program must physically reside in the state of Texas before the first day of class.

Q: Will I be able to sit for a certifying body after I complete the program?

A: To achieve certification for emergency nurse practitioners, you must meet the ANCC or AANPCB criteria and complete the requirements.

Q: If I do not receive notification that I have received funding, can I request to be considered for a future term?

A: Yes, to do so, please contact the ETC department for further instructions.

Q: If awarded, how/when will stipends be released?

A: Funds are disbursed based on the grant cycle.

Q: If I am a currently enrolled student at the School of Nursing, when do I have to apply? Can I apply after I have started my MSN?

A: Current students can apply after they are in good standing in the FNP sequence and are currently enrolled in or have completed the FNPI. 


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at the Cizik School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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