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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

The neonatal nurse practitioner’s primary focus is on neonates who are at increased risk as a result of physical or psychological factors that limit optimal development. Most NNPs work within the inpatient healthcare setting where perinatal, newborn nursery and neonatal intensivecare services are provided.

The NNP functions as a primary-care practitioner for the neonate and his or her family in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team. Some of the NNP’s functions include providing immediate response to actual or potential emergencies, performing technical procedures, providing ongoing healthcare management and encouraging family members to be actively involved in the caregiving process.

Academic plan

The requirements of the neonatal nurse practitioner specialty area are listed below.


Year 1 (29 credits)

Fall Semester

  • NURS 6100: Advanced Practice Nursing Concepts and Context I (2 credits)
  • NURS 6160: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NURS 6140: Advanced Health Assessment (2 credits)
  • NURS 6110: Health Promotion I (2 credits)

January Term

  • NURS 6260: Advanced Pharmacology I (2 credits)
  • NURS 6310: Health Promotion II (2 credits)

Winter Semester

  • NURS 6200: Advanced Practice Nursing Concepts and Context II (3 credits)
  • NURS 6360: Advanced Pharmacology II (1 credit)
  • NURS 7410: Alterations in Health I (6 credits)

Summer Semester

  • NURS 7510: Alterations in Health II (6 credits)

Year 2 (11 credits)

Fall Semester

  • NURS 7100: Advanced Practice Nursing Concepts and Context III (4 credits)
  • NURS 7610: Alterations in Health III: Chronic Illness & Specialty Care (7 credits)

Total credits for degree: 40

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.