Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

The Master of Science in Nursing with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) clinical specialty prepares advanced practice nurses who will promote the health and development of neonates as individuals and as a population encountering changing health care systems within urban, rural and global environments. The curriculum combines both broad foundational knowledge essential for the care of neonates as a vulnerable population, as well as specialty knowledge in high-risk neonatal care. The NNP preparation focuses on health promotion, prevention of disease and disability, evidence-based clinical management of disease processes, and family-integrated care. Upon program completion, students are eligible to take the NNP certification examination through the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

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Course requirements: 47 credits
Master's core courses: 12 credits

The equivalent of two full-time years of RN experience in a level III or IV NICU is required prior to the start of the clinical course sequence.

Course Title Credits
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy, and Professional Issues for APNs 3
NUR 7000 Statistics in Nursing 3
NUR 8625 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Theoretical & Methodological Issues 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3
Cognates: 7 credits
NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across Lifespan 4
NUR 7200 Neonatal Pharmacology for the APN 3
Clinical course sequence: 28 credits
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment 4
*NUR 7225 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management I 8
NUR 7226 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management II 8
NUR 7227 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management III 8


Graduate Specialty Coordinator

Leanne Nantais-Smith, PhD, RN, NNP-BC
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