Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner option is designed to prepare the registered nurse with specialized knowledge and skills to provide care for pre-mature and critically ill newborns through the first two years of life. Coursework and supervised clinical experiences assist students to develop expertise in assessment, diagnosis, and management of acute and chronic illnesses in these children across healthcare settings.
Health promotion and development, family support, interprofessional collaborations, and evidence-based practice are emphasized throughout the program. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examinations for Neonatal Nurse Practitioners. Graduates are expected to contribute to the development of policies and practice models that promote evidence-based care for neonates and their families.
Degree concentrations include pathways for those wishing to obtain initial NNP certification for APRNs with current NNP credentials.