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.

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

More Information

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 Schema

Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 3

ANPC 8070 (2 Credits)
Developmental Physiology

NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning

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

NURS8004 (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-Primary Care (2 Credits)
Of the Well & At-Risk Newborn

Total Credits: 8
Total Credits: 10
Total Credits: 9
Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6

ANPC 8080 (3 Credits & 168 Clinical Hours)
NNP Practicum I

NURS 8008 (3 Credits)
Health Care Policy

NURS 8022 (4 Credits)
Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology

ANPC 8082 (5 Credits & 280 Clinical Hours)
NNP Practicum II

NURS 8024 (3 Credits)
Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

ANPC 8084 (7 Credits & 392 Clinical Hours)
NNP Practicum III

NURS 8099 (1 Credit)
MSN Capstone

Total Credits: 10
Total Credits: 8
Total Credits: 8

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