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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

Clinical Requirements

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

NNP Sample Degree Plan for Fall Admissions
Year Fall Spring Summer
1 NURS 5327 Theory
NURS 5366 Research
NURS 5315 Roles
NURS 5350 Patho
NURS 5334 Pharm
NURS 5220 Assessment
NURS 5110 Assess. Lab
NURS 5450 NNP Clinical (240 hours)
NURS 5610 Practicum (360 hours clinical)


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