Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses for acute and chronic management of patients from birth through 2 years old.

Certification & Career

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.

Prior Experience

A minimum of two years of full-time acute-care nursing practice is required before program clinicals start in the second year. Qualifying acute-care experiences include: Level II-III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, or Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Students with one year of full-time acute-care experience can start the program, but must complete the minimum work experience requirement before clinicals start.

Clinical Hours

A total of 840 clinical hours prepare students for the challenges of managing complex disease processes in the newborn population. Students will gain hands on experience in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Greater Cincinnati. Experienced preceptors guide students' learning experiences and provide opportunities to practice in safe and secure environments.


The program can be completed in six semesters as a full-time student. Curriculum contains MSN-core and neonatal-specific coursework.

Credit Hours = 53
Total Clinical Hours = 840 hours

  • Practicum I = 168 clinical hours
  • Practicum II = 280 clinical hours
  • Practicum III = 392 clinical hours

Additional Resources

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


If you have specific questions about the program, contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or