Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) option is designed to provide the student with an in-depth focus on health management of acute and critically ill neonates and their families through studies in research, theory, cultural diversity, health policy, ethics and leadership related to the role of the Advanced Practice Nurse.

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the national Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the National Certification Corporation.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Neonatal Nurse Practitioner applicants must have the equivalent of two years full-time clinical experience as an RN in a Level III or IV NICU within the past five years before starting clinical courses. May start theory courses without the required clinical experience. These applicants must hold and maintain a current Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification.

One of the Best

Best Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program Badge

Best Nursing Programs rated the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing as one of the best programs in the nation.

Schools were ranked based on certification pate rates, overall quality of the program offered, and ease of access for students. The College was ranked 14th overall.


First Year

Course Semester
500 - Theoretical Foundations Fall
710 - Biostatistics Fall
726 - Analysis of Evidence-Based Practice Spring
815 - Organizational Management & Leadership in Health Care Systems Spring
512 - Roles and Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing Summer

Second Year

Course Semester
545 - Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning of the Neonate Fall
519 - Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Life Span Fall
546 - Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology for the Neonate Spring
547 - Advanced Neonatal Pharmacotherapeutics Spring

Third Year

Course Semester
549 - Neonatal Management I Fall
550 - Neonatal Management II Fall
631.1 - NNP Practicum Spring
631.2 - NNP Practicum Spring