Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to manage acute and chronic health conditions for patients from birth to 2 years old.

Note: Because of individual state nursing board regulations, this program is limited to residents of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Students must visit campus at certain times during the program.

Certification & Career

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certification examination offered through the National Certification Corporation. Certified NNPs have the opportunity to practice in a variety of settings, often in neonatal intensive care units.

Prior Experience

A minimum of two years of full-time acute-care nursing practice is required before program clinicals start. 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

Students gain hands-on experience in neonatal intensive care units in the greater Cincinnati area. Experienced preceptors guide students' learning experiences and provide them with opportunities to practice in a safe and secure environment. The program requires 600 clinical hours: 100 in well-baby care, 350 in a Level III NICU and 150 in a Level IV NICU.

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.


A student's plan of study for the post-master's certificate is determined when he or she is accepted and matriculates into the program. Required coursework is based on the student's completed master's coursework.

Semester Schema
Semester 1 Semester 2

ANPC 8070 (2 Credits)
Developmental Physiology

ANPC 8072 (3 Credits)
Advanced Newborn Health Assessment

ANPC 8076 (4 Credits)
Pathophysiology & Advanced Nursing Management I

ANPC 8074 (3 Credits)
Advanced Newborn/Infant Pharmacotherapeutics

Semester 3 Semester 4

ANPC 8098 (2 Credits)
Internship I (100 hours in well-baby care & 200 hours in Level III NICU)

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

ANPC 8079 (2 Credits)*
Primary Care of the Well & At-Risk Newborn

ANPC 8099 (2 Credits)
Internship II (150 hours in Level III NICU & 150 hours in Level IV NICU)

*Required, along with 60 additional clinical hours, only for students who did not complete the course as part of their master's studies.


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