Neonatal Nurse Practitioner MSN
Are you a NICU nurse who is considering becoming a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner? Take advantage of this excellent NNP program, taught by nationally recognized faculty in a technologically rich environment.
Students who begin in the in the fall semester can complete the 42 semester hour program in five semesters. Spring semester starts are also available.
Post-graduate certificate degree plans are individually created based on a gap analysis of the applicant's MSN transcript and experience. If you have questions about a post-master's certificate program and what your specific degree program might look like, you are encouraged to apply for admission to the university, including the submission of your transcripts and curriculum vitae for review.
Please read this important information about our program before applying.
- Applicants should be employed in a Level III or IV NICU at the time of application and also have two years of full-time experience in a Level III or IV NICU within the previous 5 years.
- Out-of-state students are subject to their state's eligibility rules. If you are not a Texas resident, please contact us so that we can determine if your state board is one which will allow you to study out of state.
- The coursework for this program is delivered and is to be completed online.
- This program requires two simulation experiences which must be attended in person on campus at UTA.
- Students identify board certified NNPs and/or neonatologists in their community to serve as preceptors for the 600 hours of clinical in a Level III or IV NICU. We will work with you to secure an affiliation agreement.
Students who complete our program are prepared to be recognized as advanced practice nurses by the Board of Nursing and to take the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exam through the National Certification Corporation.
Heather Holland Skrivanek, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC
Director of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs (Primary & Acute) and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, College of Nursing - Graduate Nursing
Please be aware of expectations concerning clinical requirements, as described in the section labeled "clinical requirements" on this page (click or tap here).
Sample Degree Plan
|1||NURS 5327 Theory
NURS 5366 Research
NURS 5315 Roles
NURS 5350 Patho
|NURS 5367 EBP
NURS 5334 Pharm
NURS 5204 NNP I
NURS 5220 Assessment
NURS 5110 Assess. Lab
|NURS 5537 NNP II|
|2||NURS 5447 NNP III
NURS 5450 NNP Clinical (240 hours)
|NURS 5610 Practicum (360 hours clinical)|
|Total Semester Credit Hours: 42
Total Clinical Hours: 600
|NURS 5327||Exploration of Science and Theories for Nursing||A critical examination of philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science.||Yes:
|3 / 0|
|NURS 5366||Principles of Research in Nursing||Integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice.||Yes:
|3 / 0|
|NURS 5367||Evidence Based Practice||Preparation to lead evidence-based practice teams, to interpret best evidence, to plan for change, to evaluate outcomes, and to disseminate the project.||Yes:
NURS 5366 and 5327
|3 / 0|
|NURS 5315||Advanced Pathophysiology||Builds on a previous understanding of anatomy and physiology and focuses on developing advanced knowledge of physiologic and pathophysiologic concepts across the life span.||Yes:
|3 / 0|
|NURS 5334||Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners||Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice.||Yes:
NURS 5315 or Cert. Program Standing
|3 / 0|
|NURS 5220||Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning||Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan.||Yes:
NURS 5315 or Cert. Program standing
|2 / 0|
|NURS 5110||Neonatal Assessment Lab||Lab for neonatal nurse practitioner students.||Yes:
NURS 5220 or concurrent
|1 / 45-Lab|
|NURS 5350||Role of the Nurse in Advanced Practice||Theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the health care system.||-||3 / 0|
|NURS 5204||Neonatal Nursing I||Clinical management of the high-risk neonate with a focus on the perinatal and transition periods as well as stabilization of the ill newborn at birth. Includes fluid and electrolyte management, nutrition, and identification of the indications and complications associated with invasive skills and procedures relevant to the high-risk neonate.||Yes:
NURS 5315; NURS 5220/5130 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing
|2 / 0|
|NURS 5537||Neonatal Nursing II||Clinical management of the high-risk neonate using evidence based-knowledge, research, pharmacological, and technological therapies. Focus on the following systems: pulmonary, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, hepatic, renal, hematologic, and metabolic/endocrine.||Yes:
NURS 5334; NURS 5220/5130; N5204. N5367 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing
|5 / 0|
|NURS 5447||Neonatal Nursing III||Clinical management of the high-risk neonate using evidence based knowledge, research, pharmacological, and technological therapies. Focus on the following systems: neurologic, skeletal, integumentary, and immunologic. Includes clinical management of complex health problems affecting infants (birth to 2 years of age) and their families including chronic care and ethical issues.||Yes:
NURS 5537 or Cert. Program Standing
|4 / 0|
|NURS 5450||Neonatal NP Clinical Practice||Integration of clinical management of the high-risk neonate through clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with application of knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4.||Yes:
NURS 5334 and NURS 5316 and NURS 5204 and NURS 5537 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0).
|4 / 240|
|NURS 5610||Neonatal NP Advanced Practicum||Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.||Yes:
NURS 5447 and NURS 5450 or concurrent enrollment. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0).
|6 / 360|