Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

The scope of practice for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) is wide and includes both acute and chronic management of patients from birth until the age of two. NNPs practice in many settings including: all levels of neonatal intensive care units, transport, outpatient clinics, academic, and private settings. The NNP functions as a "nurse leader, clinical expert, educator, researcher, consultant and advocate for neonates and their families" (NANNP Position Statement #3058, 2013, p. 2).

Neonatal NP

Certification & Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certification examination offered through the National Certification Corporation. Graduates have the opportunity to practice in a variety of settings across the country.

Clinical Hours

A total of 840 clinical hours will prepare the graduate for the challenges of managing complex disease processes in the newborn population. Students will gain hands on experience in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the greater Cincinnati area.  Experienced preceptors guide the student’s learning experience, and provide them with opportunities to practice in a safe and secure environment.

Prior Experience

A minimum of one year of acute care nursing practice is required for program admission. Qualifying acute care experiences include: Level II-III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, or Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

Program of Study

The program can be completed in six semesters (2 years). The program contains MSN core and neonatal specific coursework.

Program Course of Study

Semester 1
NURS8006 Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning
3 credits
ANPC8074 Advanced Newborn/Infant Pharmacotherapeutics 3 credits
NURS8022 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 4 credits
TOTAL 10 credits

Semester 2
ANPC8072 Advanced Newborn Health Assessment 3 credits
NURS8004 Biostatistics for Evidenced Based Practice 3 credits
NURS8024 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credits
TOTAL 9 credits

Semester 3
ANPC8079 Primary Care to the Age of 2
2 credits
ANPC8070 Developmental Physiology 2 credits
NURS8002 Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning 3 credits
TOTAL 7 credits

Semester 4
ANPC8080 NNP Practicum 1 3 credits (168 hours)
NURS8008 Health Care Policy 3 credits
ANPC8076 Pathophysiology and Advanced Nursing Management I 4 credits
TOTAL 10 credits

Semester 5
ANPC8082 NNP Practicum II 5 credits (280 hours)
ANPC8078 Pathophysiology and Advanced Nursing Management II 4 credits
TOTAL 9 credits
Semester 6
NURS8099 MSN Capstone
1 credit
ANPC8084 Practicum III
7 credits (392 hours)
TOTAL 8 credits

Credit Hours = 53
Practicum I = 168 clinical hours
Practicum II = 280 clinical hours
Practicum III = 392 clinical hours
Total = 840 hours

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Contact the Office of Student Affairs at or (513) 558-3600.

Additional Resources 

Additional information on the role of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner may be found through national organizations such as: