Neonatal Nursing Schools and Courses

The parents of an infant with troubling medical issues rely on a neonatal nurse to provide the best possible care for their children. Degrees are available at the master's and doctorate levels for neonatal nurses. Read on to learn more about this career and related education programs. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

A neonatal nurse specializes in managing the clinical care of newborn infants. This career requires a graduate-level nursing education. At least a bachelor's degree in nursing is required for admission into a neonatal nursing graduate degree program.

Schools Accredited schools of nursing
Courses Embryology, neonatal physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology
Degrees Bachelor's and a graduate neonatal nursing degree, such as Master of Science in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice

What Is Neonatal Nursing?

As a neonatal nurse, you will assess and diagnose the health care needs of neonates who are critically ill or who suffer from chronic conditions. Neonatal nurses work at three different levels; these include a newborn nursery, intermediate care nursery and neonatal intensive care nursery. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) determined that registered nurses in general earned a median annual salary of $70,000 in 2017, while nurse practitioners earned a median of $103,880 in that same year (www.bls.gov).

Which Type of Degree Do I Need?

University nursing schools offer graduate neonatal nursing degree programs for nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. Degrees in neonatal nursing include a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). You can also enroll in a post-master's certificate program in neonatal nursing to become certified as a neonatal nurse practitioner if you already have an MSN.

Where Can I Find a Nursing School?

According to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), there are hundreds of accredited nursing schools at universities throughout the U.S. Some programs are offered online. Among those schools that offer M.S. in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are the following:

  • Winston-Salem State University (MSN)
  • Georgetown University (MSN)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MSN)
  • Eastern Mennonite University (MSN)
  • Duke University (DNP)
  • Vanderbilt University (DNP)
  • Graceland University (DNP)
  • Emory University (DNP)

What Courses Will I Take in a MSN Program?

Coursework in a MS in Nursing program can vary depending on your track of study, since some programs offer specialized areas such as clinical nurse leader or family nurse practitioner. However, there are some course that are similar in all MSN programs, such as:

  • Health assessment
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Nursing informatics
  • Nursing leadership

Which Courses are Common to a DNP Program?

In most DNP programs, you can expect to find more of an emphasis on seminars and practical experiences than classroom work. There are, however, some courses you can expect to find in a DNP program, including:

  • Advanced health assessment
  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Advanced nursing research
  • Health policy development

How Long Does It Take to Earn a Degree?

It typically takes two years to complete an MSN degree or a post-master's certificate in neonatal nursing if you are a full-time student; it will take three years to earn a DNP degree in neonatal nursing. A specific number of clinical hours must also be completed; these can vary from program to program.

Do I Need to Be Certified?

The National Certification Corporation (NCC) offers certifications in low risk neonatal nursing to RNs who have two years and 2,000 hours of experience in the field (www.nccwebsite.org). The same requirement holds for those seeking certification in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing. Those seeking certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from NCC must pursue this credential within eight years of graduating from an accredited program. Nursing schools also require you to have two years of neonatal nursing experience in order to enter a degree program. This is designed so that, upon earning a neonatal nurse practitioner degree, you will be prepared to take the NCC certification exam.

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