Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

The Master of Science in Nursing with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) clinical specialty prepares nurses for advanced practice in the care of high risk neonates. 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. The goal of this innovative clinical specialty is to prepare advanced practice nurses who will promote the health and development of neonates as individuals and as a population encountering changing healthcare systems within urban, rural, and global environments. Upon program completion, students are eligible to take the NNP certification examination through the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

Graduate Specialty Coordinator

Leanne Nantais-Smith Ph.D., NNP-BC
240 Cohn


Course requirements: 48 credits
Master's core courses: 13 credits
Course Title Credits
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy, and Professional Issues for APNs 3
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing II 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