Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Post-Graduate Certificate Program Options


  • Center City Campus
  • Dixon Campus
  • College of Nursing

Degree Earned

  • Certificate

Progam Length

18 credit hours

Program Information

  • On Campus
  • Online

Post-Graduate Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Program Overview

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) Post-Graduate Certificate Program (PGCP) prepares graduate nurses holding a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing in the care of infants from birth to age two as well as and their mothers and family. NNPs practice in neonatal intensive care units, labor and delivery, well baby units, outpatient clinics and during transport services. They provide and manage comprehensive health care to critically ill and convalescing neonates, and their families, while collaborating with maternal child healthcare disciplines. NPs returning for a PGCP in an NP population-focused area in which they are not currently practicing or certified may be granted academic credit for prior didactic and clinical experiences based on a gap analysis of an applicant’s academic/practice portfolio.

Students completing the PGCP in NNP meet the academic eligibility requirements to take the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination offered by the National Certification Corporation (NCC). Candidates who meet all eligibility requirements established by the NCC and successfully pass the examination are awarded the credential: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (NNP-BC).

For Florida based students, we partner with Nemours Hospital for Children in Orlando Florida. For more information regarding this program, or for any student who is interested in the NNP profession, please contact Dr. Michele Savin at

Post-Graduate Certificate Program Outcomes

  • Integrate relevant knowledge, principles and theories from nursing and related sciences into the advanced nursing care of individuals, families and populations. (Essential I)
  • Demonstrate acumen in organizational leadership through effective collaboration, consultation, and decision-making. (Essential II)
  • Integrate research translation and evidence appraisal  into advanced nursing practice to initiate change and improve quality outcomes.(Essential IV)
  • Evaluate information science approaches and patient-centric technologies to improve health outcomes and enhance quality of care. (Essentials III, V)
  • Analyze the impact policies, economic factors, and ethical and socio-cultural dimensions have on advanced nursing practice and health care outcomes. (Essential VI)
  • Integrate the concepts of interprofessional communication, collaboration and consultation to effectively manage and coordinate care across systems.  (Essential VII)
  • Incorporate culturally-appropriate concepts in the planning and delivery of evidence-based preventive and  clinical care to communities, and populations. (Essential VIII)
  • Demonstrate expertise in a defined area of advanced practice nursing  that influences health care outcomes for individuals, populations and systems. (Essential IX)