Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Programs

In order to become an NNP, students must hold a masters or doctorate degree in nursing.

Neonatal Nurse Specialist Degree Requirements

Becoming a NNP is a lengthy process, but is doable for those who are dedicated. The first step is to become a Registered Nurse (RN) with a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). In order to obtain a BSN, students are required to pass the NCLEX-RN examination, a standardized test that every state board of nursing uses in order to determine whether or not a candidate is ready for entry-level nursing practice. After becoming an RN, nurses must get a Master of Science in Nursing.

Some neonatal nursing schools offer MSNs through an Advanced Practice Neonatal Nursing (APNN) program, which can be achieved in two years. After receiving your master degree, you must be certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and/or Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing. Under specific programs, you may need to complete a minimum amount of years of clinical experience in a hospital setting.

Career and Estimated Occupation Growth

Neonatal staff tend to work in three different level nurseries, levels I, II, and III.

  • Level I: These nurseries are dedicated to healthy newborn babies. They are practically nonexistent now because mothers and babies typically share the same room after birth and have very short hospital stays if there are no complications or health problems with the baby or the mother.
  • Level II: This nursery is categorized as an intermediate care or special care nursery. Babies may need additional oxygen, be suffering from illness, were born prematurely, need specialized feedings, or need more time to mature. These infants must be monitored and need a little more time in the hospital before being able to be discharged. Nurses who work in level II nurseries are in high demand because infants must be monitored constantly.
  • Level III: Level III nurseries are by far the most intensive and these nurses have the most responsibilities. They work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), caring for babies who are seriously ill or premature. They work around the clock, making sure that infants are stable and responding well to treatment. These nurses may administer medicine, teach parents how to care for their infant, and operate high technology such as incubators and ventilators. Some babies are in the NICU recovering from surgery, so level III nurses will monitor their post operation stability and progress.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Salary Information

Neonatal nursing is a relatively new specialty in the nursing field, however positions are in high demand. According to the latest survey from the The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession is predicted to grow 31% by the year 2022. The salary for neonatal nurse practitioners is also attractive. According to the same BLS survey, the median salary for a neonatal nurse is $89,960. BLS source.

List of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Programs

Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants

The University of Texas at Arlington

Master of Science in Nursing - Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited

The University of Texas at Arlington

Master of Science in Nursing - Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited

All Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Programs

See below for the list of all of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. You can filter down by state, accrediting board, or program to find the best program for you.

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Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Case Western Reserve University – Graduate Entry Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Graduate Entry Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
ACEN Accredited
Cleveland, OH
Case Western Reserve University – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
ACEN Accredited
Cleveland, OH
Columbia University – Master’s Entry Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Master's Entry Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
New York, NY
Creighton University – Online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Omaha, NE
Duke University – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Durham, NC
East Carolina University – Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Greenville, NC
Northeastern University – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Boston, MA
Northeastern University – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Boston, MA
Regis University – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Denver, CO
Rush University – DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Chicago, IL
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing – MSN Neonatal Nursing Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nursing Practitioner
ACEN Accredited
Peoria, IL
South Dakota State University – DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Brookings, SD
Stony Brook University – Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Stony Brook, NY
Thomas Jefferson University – Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Philadelphia, PA
Troy University – Online DNP Maternal Infant Health Nursing
Online DNP Maternal Infant Health Nursing
ACEN Accredited
Troy, AL
Troy University – Online MSN CNS in Maternal Infant Health Online
Online MSN CNS in Maternal Infant Health Online
ACEN Accredited
Troy, AL
University of Alabama at Birmingham – Online MS Nurse Practitioner Neonatal Care
Online MS Nurse Practitioner Neonatal Care
CCNE Accredited
Birmingham, AL
University of Cincinnati – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Cincinnati, OH
University of Cincinnati – Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Cincinnati, OH
University of Connecticut – MSN Neonatal Acute Care Nurse Practitioner / Clinical Specialist
MSN Neonatal Acute Care Nurse Practitioner / Clinical Specialist
CCNE Accredited
Storrs, CT
University of Florida – DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Gainesville, FL
University of Florida – Online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Gainesville, FL
University of Indianapolis – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Indianapolis, IN
University of Iowa – DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Iowa City, IA
University of Louisville – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Louisville, KY
University of Louisville – Post-Masters Certificate Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Post-Masters Certificate Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Louisville, KY
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor – Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Combined)
Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Combined)
CCNE Accredited
Ann Arbor, MI
University of Missouri – Kansas City – Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Kansas City, MO
University of Pittsburgh – DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh – DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh – DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Pittsburgh, PA
University of Rochester – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Rochester, NY
University of Rochester – Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Rochester, NY
University of Rochester – PhD Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
PhD Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Rochester, NY
University of South Alabama – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Mobile, AL
University of South Alabama – Online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Mobile, AL
University of South Alabama – Online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Mobile, AL
University of South Alabama – Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Mobile, AL
University of Tennessee Health Science Center – Online DNP Neonatal Nursing
Online DNP Neonatal Nursing
CCNE Accredited
Memphis, TN
University of Texas at Arlington – Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Arlington, TX
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston – Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Galveston, TX
University of Utah – DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah – Online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Washington – Online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Seattle, WA
Vanderbilt University – Online MSN Neonatal NP
Online MSN Neonatal NP
ACEN Accredited
Nashville, TN
Vanderbilt University – Online MSN Neonatal NP
Online MSN Neonatal NP
ACEN Accredited
Nashville, TN
Vanderbilt University – Online MSN Neonatal NP
Online MSN Neonatal NP
ACEN Accredited
Nashville, TN
Wayne State University – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practioner
CCNE Accredited
Detroit, MI
Wright State University – MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
CCNE Accredited
Dayton, OH

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