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 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.

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
Full-Time Semester Schema
Semester 1   Semester 2 Semester 3

ANPC 8070 (2 Credits)
Developmental Psychology

NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning

ANPC 8072 (3 Credits)
Advanced Newborn Health Assessment

ANPC 8076 (4 Credits)
Neonatal Pathophysiology & Advanced Nursing Mangement I

ANPC 8074 (3 Credits)
Advanced Newborn/Infant Pharmacotherapeutics

NURS 8004 (3 Credits)
Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice

ANPC 8078 (4 Credits)
Pathophysiology & Advanced Nursing Management II

NURS 8006 (3 Credits)
Research & Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning

ANPC 8079 (2 Credits)
Primary Care of the Well & at  Risk Newborn

Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6

ANPC 8080 (3 Credits)
NNP Practicum I

NURS 8008 (3 Credits)
Health Care Policy

NURS 8022 (4 Credits)
Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology

ANPC 8082 (5 Credits)
NNP Practicum II

NURS 8024 (3 Credits)
Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

ANPC 8084 (7 Credits)
NNP Practicum III

NURS 8099 (1 Credit)
MSN Capstone

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