Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Online DNP Program

Program Overview
As a student in the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, the online Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) major is designed to prepare registered nurses for leadership positions as advanced practice neonatal nurse practitioners. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of neonatal nursing, research utilization, critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, patient management, program planning, and systems management.

Our Advantages:

  • Two online program study options: BSN to DNP with a major in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner or Post Master’s DNP practice degree for the NNP, a study option that allows nurses who have completed an advanced nursing degree to obtain a doctorate of nursing practice
  • Variety of clinical experience designed to provide students with hands-on, real-life experience as an advanced practice neonatal nurse, plus international DNP project and mission opportunities
  • Curriculum emphasizes advanced nursing care of newborns and infants from birth through the first two years of life

The online program of study conforms to educational guidelines from the State of Texas, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for national Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC). The curriculum provides didactic (theory) and clinical components organized within the framework set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's The Essentials of Master's Education for Advanced Practice Nursing 2004.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Objectives
NNP online graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Practice as a competent nurse practitioner and help meet the health care needs of high-risk newborns/ infants.
  2. Provide comprehensive health care to high-risk infants through the first two years of life independently and in collaboration with other health care providers, using theory that is scientific in nature and current in content.
  3. Provide evidence-based plans to manage the health care needs of high-risk and acutely ill newborns/infants and their families.
  4. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of neonatal nursing, research utilization, critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, patient management, program planning and systems.

Upon successful completion of the online course of study, BSN to DNP graduates will be eligible to sit for the NNP certification examination offered by the National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC). The program of study conforms to the educational guidelines for the state of Texas, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

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