Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Schools and Programs

A neonatal nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse who holds an advanced degree in neonatal, or newborn, care. Find out what courses you'll take, see requirements for clinical practice, and learn more about the job duties of a neonatal NP. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

A neonatal nurse practitioner works with infants on a variety of levels, ranging from healthy newborns to those in intensive care situations. Specialized training is required to become a neonatal nurse practitioner, and a practitioner is overseen by a doctor. Training prepares a prospective practitioner to handle a variety of situations by providing specialized medical care to infants in need.

Training Previous work as a registered nurse, work in an NICU
Courses Well-baby care, neonatal health assessment and family dynamics
Responsibilities Diagnose conditions, prescribe medications, work with infants and families

What Are the Prerequisites for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner School?

To qualify for a master's or doctoral degree program in nursing with a specialization in neonatal nurse practitioner, you must be a registered nurse and hold a bachelor's degree. Additionally, you may be required to have experience as an RN in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Schools often offer flexible scheduling, online coursework and a variety of clinical locations to accommodate students who work full- or part-time.

What Will My Program Prepare Me For?

A neonatal nurse practitioner program can prepare you to work with healthy babies, as well as those needing specialized care, in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics and NICUs. Some schools that offer neonatal nursing studies include:

  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Baylor University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Old Dominion University
  • University of California San Francisco

What Might My Coursework Be Like?

Since you likely already have extensive education and experience in nursing in general, your master's or doctoral degree program will focus on the specific care, diagnosis and treatment of infants. Courses might include:

  • Pharmacology
  • Infant and child development
  • Neonatal health assessment
  • Neonatal pathophysiology
  • Advanced physiology

In general, you'll participate in several supervised clinical practicum or internship experiences during your neonatal nurse practitioner program. You might have the opportunity to work in labor and delivery, newborn care or an intensive care unit.

Will I Need to Become Certified?

A neonatal nurse practitioner program can prepare you to sit for the National Certification Corporation's Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) exam. In some cases certification is voluntary, though many states require candidates to hold professional certification to work as advanced practice nurses.

What Would the Job Entail?

As a neonatal nurse practitioner, you would be able to diagnose conditions and prescribe medications; however, you would still work under a supervising physician. Based on your interests and abilities, you would work on one of three levels. Level one is the newborn nursery, where healthy infants receive care. Level two involves caring for babies who may be sick or premature and need extra supervision, and level three requires taking care of infants who are in intensive care due to life-threatening illnesses or chronic conditions.

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