Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
NNPs work collaboratively with other health team members to provide holistic health care 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 health care 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.
- Sept 9‐10, 2019
The mandatory Neonatal Nurse Practitioner orientation dates will be Thursday and Friday, 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.
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 health care 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 core, MSN specialty, DNP Core, DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses for a total of 69 credit hours. 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 Dual Role specialty courses and support courses, if need, to complete the Post Graduate Certificate. The MSN Core, DNP core, and 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 MSN core, DNP core, and 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 credits
NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credits
NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credits
MSN Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credits
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 credits
NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credits
NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credits
Neonatal NP Specialty Courses
MCN 568 – Introduction to Neonatal NP 3 credits
MCN 571 – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Neonatal NP and
Pediatric Acute Care NP 2 credits
MCN 572 – Neonatal NP I 3 credits
MCN 573 – Neonatal NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits
MCN 574 – Neonatal NP II 3 credits
MCN 575 – Neonatal NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits
MCN 576 – Neonatal NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credits
MCN 577 – Neonatal NP III 3 credits
DNP Core Courses
NU 611 - Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 credits
NU 612 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 credits
NU 615 - Quality Improvement and Outcomes Assessment 3 credits
NU 616 - Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 credits
Neonatal NP DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency
NU 600 - DNP Project Planning & Development 3 credits
MCN 675 - Neonatal NP Residency I - 180 specialty clinical hours 3 credits
MCN 676 - Neonatal NP Residency II - 180 specialty clinical hours 3 credits
MCN 677 - Neonatal NP Residency III - 180 specialty clinical hours 3 credits
Please feel free to contact Dr. Penni Huffman for more information about this specialty: firstname.lastname@example.org.