Nursing—Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, MS

We require applicants to have at least two years of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) experience before entering our program, and most have more than that. As a registered nurse, you already have a significant base of nursing knowledge. The neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) program focuses on advanced nursing knowledge and clinical practice. You will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn advanced diagnostic reasoning
  • Carry out independent management of patients and their families
  • Develop the expertise necessary to care for high-risk neonates and their families
  • Become proficient at delivery room management of high-risk neonates

Successful graduates are prepared to make independent decisions in level 2 and level 3 NICUs, drawing on their experience and diagnostic abilities to affect lives every day.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


A grade of B or higher is required in each course.

Professional Core
NRSG 5118Healthcare System and Professional Role Development3
NRSG 5121Epidemiology and Population Health3
NRSG 5126Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice3
NRSG 5117Advanced Pharmacology2
Clinical Core
NRSG 6116Advanced Health Assessment of the Neonate and Infant3
NRSG 6230Nursing Management: Critically Ill Neonatal 13
NRSG 6231Nursing Management: Critically Ill Neonatal 23
NRSG 6232Neonatal Pharmacology2
Neonatal Practicum
NRSG 6430Neonatal Clinical Practicum 14
NRSG 6431Neonatal Clinical Practicum 24
NRSG 6432Neonatal Clinical Practicum 32
Research Core
NRSG 7105Translating Research Evidence into Practice3
NRSG 7110Evidence-Based Practice Research Application2
Complete 4 semester hours from the following subject area:4

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

41 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required