What Are the Best Colleges for Neonatal Nursing?

If you're interested in pursuing neonatal nursing as an advanced practice specialty, you can choose from master's, post-master's certificate or doctoral programs in the field. Read about characteristics of top neonatal nursing schools. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look For in a Neonatal Nursing Program?

If you're seeking a top school for neonatal nursing, you might look for colleges and universities that offer neonatal nursing education in combination with another specialty, such as pediatric nursing, which could lead to more job options once you've graduated. You also might look for schools that offer clinical practicums at pediatric hospitals that are highly ranked in the area of neonatalogy, as well as nursing schools that have received national recognition. Additionally, you might seek a program whose graduates boast high passage rates on the National Certification Corporation's Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NP) certification exam.

What Are Some Top Neonatal Nursing Schools?

Duke University in Durham, NC

U.S. News & World Report ranked the Duke University School of Nursing as tied for sixth in the nation in 2015, and Duke's Children's Hospital and Health Center was named the 36th best pediatric hospital for neonatology by U.S. News for 2013-2015. Duke's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with a specialty in neonatal NP can be completed full- or part-time. Candidates for this degree undertake at least 600 hours of clinical experience in three nursery settings. Neonatal NP programs offered through Duke include the following:

  • MSN with Neonatal NP Specialty
  • Post-master's Certificate in Neonatal NP

Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt's School of Nursing was ranked 11th in the nation by U.S. News in 2015, and the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt ranked 27th for neonatology for 2013-2015. Vanderbilt offers neonatal NP students the chance to continue working as they pursue their graduate-level certificate or degree through a combination of online and weekend courses, as well as clinical placements close to their homes. Neonatal NP programs at Vanderbilt include the following:

  • Master of Science in Nursing with Neonatal NP Specialty
  • MSN for BSN Certificate-Prepared Neonatal NPs
  • Post-master's Certificate in Neonatal NP

Ten Schools That Offer Neonatal Nursing Degrees

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
East Carolina University 4-year, PublicGreenville, NC
University of Pennsylvania4-year, PrivatePhiladelphia, PA
Ohio State University4-year, PublicColumbus, OH
University of Indianapolis4-year, PrivateIndianapolis, IN
Wayne State University4-year, PublicDetroit, MI
Case Western Reserve University4-year, PrivateCleveland, OH
Stony Brook University4-year, PublicStony Brook, NY
Thomas Jefferson University4-year, PrivatePhiladelphia, PA
Northeastern University4-year, PrivateBoston, MA
Emory University4-year, PrivateAtlanta, GA

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