Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

This program prepares students for the role of nurse practitioner specializing in Neonatal Nursing.

Program Information

This MSN program prepares graduates for advanced nursing practice and for doctoral study. Graduates of the program are able to synthesize and apply advanced knowledge, theories, and research to a specialized area of nursing practice and function as leaders in practice to contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession.

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Track classes are only available online. However, there is a mandatory three (3) to four (4) day orientation held during the fall semester of the first practicum course. Attendance is required and will allow for questions and interaction with course faculty. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation.

Students enrolled in the NNP program are required to complete clinical hours with a qualified preceptor. The College of Nursing has contracts with agencies in many areas of the U.S. Please review our clinical affiliations list on the College of Nursing website, Clinical Affiliation Agencies to determine if we already have an agreement with an agency in your area where you can complete your clinical hours. If we do not have an agreement with an agency in your geographical location, please contact Dr. Penni C. Huffman at pennicoates@southalabama.edu. prior to submitting your application.

Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years Level III or higher NICU experience prior to starting the specialty option clinical component.

Clinical Orientation

All students enrolled in the first specialty course are required to attend a mandatory three-day clinical orientation on campus during that fall term. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation.

The mandatory Neonatal Nurse Practitioner orientation dates will be October 15-16, 2018 for those students beginning the specialty course MCN 568 in the fall semester of 2018. Each event will take place at USA College of Nursing. You will receive more information as the date approaches via your JAG e-mail. Please make plans to attend.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Post BSN Track (MSN)

RN-MSN

Contacts

Please feel free to contact Dr. Penni Huffman for more information about this specialty: pennicoates@southalabama.edu.

Promotion Contract

A maximum of two (2) courses with a grade of C can be counted toward a degree, however, only one (1) C is permitted in support or specialization courses. If a second C or lower is earned in a support or specialization courses, the course in which the second C or lower is obtained must be repeated. Any combination of three (3) courses with grades of C or less (C, D, U, F) including C grades which have been repeated, will result in academic dismissal from the graduate program. Two courses with a grade of D or F will result in academic dismissal from the graduate program. Failure to comply with legal, moral, and legislative standards required for licensure to practice as a registered nurse merits immediate dismissal from the program.