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

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 plan of study for the program is determined upon a student’s acceptance and matriculation into the program and is based upon the student’s previous MSN coursework.


Program Courses

As mentioned above, the plan of study is highly individualized. For an idea of the courses that may be required, review the schema for the Neonatal NP Hybrid MSN program.


Contact Info

Office of Student Affairs
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210038
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0038
(513) 558-3600