Neonatal Nurse Practitioner


  • Center City Campus
  • Dixon Campus
  • College of Nursing

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science in Nursing

Program Length

2-5 Years

Program Information


Active RN Licensure
1 Year LEVEL III or higher Neonatal Experience
More Info

Program Overview

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program prepares graduates in the care of INFANTS and their mothers. NNPs practice in hospitals, neonatal intensive care units, labor and delivery, outpatient clinics and transport services providing and managing comprehensive health care to critically ill neonates and their families as well as collaboration with maternal child healthcare disciplines. Graduates of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program are eligible for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certification through the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

The NNP program is part of a Neonatal Education Consortium with the University of Delaware and the College of New Jersey. Additionally for Florida based students, we are partners with Nemours Hospital for Children in Florida. If you are a NICU nurse in Florida or a student at the University of Delaware or the College of New Jersey and are interested in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program, please contact Dr. Michele Savin.

Application Process & Deadlines

Decisions made on a rolling basis

OCTOBER 15 - Spring Term
FEBRUARY 15 - Summer Term
JUNE 1 - Fall Term

Application Instructions


There are 12 courses/36 credits for all Jefferson NP tracks. Eight (8) courses are taken 100% online. The four (4) remaining courses below with an asterisk (*) have some face to face requirements. All students at minimum must be present for the neonatal skill lab along with up to two the midterm and final for Physical Assessment along with potentially three visits per semester for the three (3) clinical courses. Course descriptions can be found in the College of Nursing Handbook. Clinical placements are a joint responsibility of both the student and faculty member. Jefferson sees clinical placement as a partnership and wants to work with students to find the best situation.  Students are required to complete at minimum 16 hours a week during the three (3) clinical courses. At the completion of the program students earn a minimum of 672 clinical hours.  All accepted students are required to attend a one day orientation on campus before the program begins.

Most Jefferson students work full time while enrolling part time in MSN coursework.  Students are only eligible for federal aid when enrolling in two (2) classes per term. Below is the average length of time for program completion:

24 Month - Two (2) classes per term

36 Month - Combination of one (1) or two (2) classes per term

48 Month -  One (1) class per term

Students can take more than two (2) classes per term.  All students will create an individual plan of study at new student orientation before the term begins.

Transfer Credits:  A maximum of six (6) MSN semester credits may be transferred from another regionally accredited institution.  Only once an applicant has been admitted to Jefferson will previous credits will be evaluated by the Chair of Graduate Nursing programs.  

Course Credits
NU 602 Health Policy, Legal & Ethical Dimensions of Practice 3
NU 603 Research For Advanced Nursing Practice I 3
NU 604 Research For Advanced Nursing Practice II 3
NU 605 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NU 625 Epidemiology for the Health Professions 3
NU 672 Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total Credits 18

The following courses are in addition to the Graduate Nursing Core Curriculum.

Course Credits
NU 570 Pathophysiology of Human Disease 3
NU 662 Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Decision Making For Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I 3
NU 663 Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Decision Making For Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II 3
NU 664 Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Decision Making For Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III 3
NU 665 Comprehensive Assessment for Clinical Decision Making for the Mother and the Neonate 3
NU 667 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner 3
Total Credits 18