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

All Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Programs

See below for the list of all of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner programs in our database.
Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio
  • Graduate Entry Neonatal Nurse PractitionerACEN
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerACEN
Columbia University
New York, New York
  • Master's Entry Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
Creighton University
Omaha, Nebraska
  • Online DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina
  • Online MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
Regis University
Denver, Colorado
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
Rush University
Chicago, Illinois
  • DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
Peoria, Illinois
  • MSN Neonatal Nursing PractitionerACEN
South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota
  • DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York
  • Online MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Online MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
Troy University
Troy, Alabama
  • Online DNP Maternal Infant Health NursingACEN
  • Online MSN CNS in Maternal Infant Health OnlineACEN
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
  • Online MS Nurse Practitioner Neonatal CareCCNE
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • Online MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut
  • MSN Neonatal Acute Care Nurse Practitioner / Clinical SpecialistCCNE
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
  • DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • Online DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
University of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
  • DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • Post-Masters Certificate Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Combined)CCNE
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri
  • Online MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • Online MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • PhD Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • Online DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • Online DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • Online MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, Tennessee
  • Online DNP Neonatal NursingCCNE
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas
  • Online MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Galveston, Texas
  • Online MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
  • DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
  • Online DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington
  • Online DNP Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
  • Online MSN Neonatal NPACEN
  • Online MSN Neonatal NPACEN
  • Online MSN Neonatal NPACEN
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractionerCCNE
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio
  • MSN Neonatal Nurse PractitionerCCNE

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