Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
NNPs work collaboratively with other health team members to provide holistic healthcare that includes resuscitation, stabilization, health promotion, disease prevention, and diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illnesses.
A Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) is a master’s or doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse who provides advanced nursing care to neonates up to two years of age in a variety of clinical settings including neonatal intensive care units (NICU) in both the academic and community setting, delivery services, and follow-up clinics. NNPs work collaboratively with other health team members to provide holistic healthcare that includes resuscitation, stabilization, health promotion, disease prevention, and diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illnesses. The scope of NNP practice encompasses acute and primary care. Classes are online.
Students applying for a new certification must complete Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span if the student has not yet taken them.
BSN to DNP students and MSN to DNP students adding a certification in a new specialty area must have two years of nursing experience in the area of Neonatal Nursing prior to starting the clinical portion of their program.
Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years Level III or higher NICU experience prior to starting the specialty option clinical component.
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
- September 9‐10, 2019
for those students beginning the specialty course MCN 568 in the fall semester. Please note these dates are for Simulation Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates. 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.
Specialty tracks within the College of Nursing’s graduate program require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites, it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site and preceptor if indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements. Please review the list of Clinical Affiliations on the College of Nursing Web Site. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.
The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete an evidence-based scholarly project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on healthcare and patient outcomes. Residency requirements for the scholarly project can be completed in the student’s home region with an approved mentor.
BSN-DNP students complete all support, MSN specialty, DNP Core, DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses for a total of 69 credit hours. The following DNP core courses are required for the completion of the MSN degree: NU 607, NU 608, NU 610, and NU 613. Both MSN and DNP degrees must be completed within seven years. The MSN portion must be completed within the first five years of the program.
MSN-DNP students adding a new specialty must complete the support courses if they have not previously completed the courses in their MSN program. They must complete the specialty courses and support courses, if needed, to complete the Post-Graduate Certificate. The DNP core, DNP Project Planning & Development, and Residency courses are required for completion of the DNP degree. This program is a total of 60 credit hours or 69 credit hours if support courses are needed. The Post-Graduate Certificate must be completed within two calendar years. The student has seven years to complete both the Post-Graduate Certificate and DNP degree for this program.
MSN-DNP for Advanced Practice Roles must only complete the DNP core, DNP Project Planning & Development, and Residency courses to complete the DNP degree. This is a total of 36 credit hours. The student has a total of five years to complete the degree requirements.
- NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment (3 credit hours)
- NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3 credit hours)
Neonatal NP Specialty Courses
- MCN 568 – Introduction to Neonatal NP (3 credit hours)
- MCN 571 – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Neonatal NP and Pediatric Acute Care NP (2 credit hours)
- MCN 572 – Neonatal NP I (3 credit hours)
- MCN 573 – Neonatal NP Practicum I - 180 clinical hours (3 credit hours)
- MCN 574 – Neonatal NP II (3 credit hours)
- MCN 575 – Neonatal NP Practicum II - 180 clinical hours (3 credit hours)
- MCN 576 – Neonatal NP Practicum III - 240 clinical hours (4 credit hours)
- MCN 577 – Neonatal NP III (3 credit hours)
DNP Core Courses
- NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
- NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care (3 credit hours)
- NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance (3 credit hours)
- NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership (3 credit hours)
- NU 611 - Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems (3 credit hours)
- NU 612 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health (3 credit hours)
- NU 615 - Quality Improvement and Outcomes Assessment (3 credit hours)
- NU 616 - Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems (3 credit hours)
Neonatal NP DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency
- MCN 674 - Neonatal NP PP&D (3 credit hours)
- MCN 675 - Neonatal NP Residency I - 180 specialty clinical hours (3 credit hours)
- MCN 676 - Neonatal NP Residency II - 180 specialty clinical hours (3 credit hours)
- MCN 677 - Neonatal NP Residency III - 180 specialty clinical hours (3 credit hours)