Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

The neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) major in our MSN Program prepares you to provide nursing care for low- and high-risk neonates and their families in a variety of settings. Coursework includes pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment and diagnostic reasoning across the lifespan, meeting LACE requirements for practice. Emphasis is placed on family-centered, culturally sensitive care. You will receive one-on-one clinical practice experience in diverse settings such as neonatal intensive care units, neonatal transitional care and step-down units, pediatric/neonatal surgery and radiology, and stabilization of the neonate in the delivery room.

Our graduates are prepared to manage infant caseloads in collaboration with other health care providers and educate families and staff.

  • Expert faculty who are active in clinical practice and research

  • Access to top quality medical library resources

  • 43 credit hours, including 616 clinical hours

  • The Center for Nursing Discovery, our state-of-the-art simulation center, allows opportunities for you to gain confidence in practicing advanced procedures, acute care clinical management strategies and role transitions

Application Requirements
  • The equivalent of two years of full-time clinical practice experience within the last five years as a registered nurse (RN) in the care of critically ill neonates or infants in critical care inpatient settings is required before you begin clinical courses. You may enroll in preclinical courses while obtaining the necessary practice experience.
  • At time of application, you must have current Neonatal Resuscitation Provider and Basic Life Support certificates and maintain them throughout the program of study.
Enrollment Options
  • MSN and Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Our Neonatal NP program is distance-based with successful students who have a strong clinical foundation.
  • You are encouraged to submit recommendations from mentors or colleagues who can speak to your preparedness for graduate-level education and advanced clinical practice. Recommendations submitted by neonatologists, neonatal unit nurse managers, or neonatal advanced practice nurses (NNP) are required.

Learn more about our curriculum.


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