Prospective Graduate Students
The Neonatal Nursing Track is designed to prepare experienced registered nurses for the advanced practice nursing roles of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP). The curriculum emphasizes advanced nursing care of newborns and infants from birth through the first two years of life. The spectrum of health from promotion of wellness to management of acute and chronic illness in a variety of settings is incorporated into the program.
The 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).
There are four program study options.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) awards the Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a major in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.
The Post-master’s Nurse Practitioner Study Option allows nurses who have completed an advanced nursing degree (master’s or doctorate) to prepare for the nurse practitioner role. Students must have a graduate nursing degree.
The Advanced Placement for Certificate Nurse Practitioners Option is designed for certificate-educated nurse practitioners to acquire a graduate nursing degree. Students must have successfully completed a certificate nurse practitioner program and hold current certification as a nurse practitioner.
Admission requirements include: licensure as a registered nurse; Bachelors degree in any field; undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 and 3.0 in nursing; two years experience as a practicing professional nurse in neonatal critical care nursing; acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT), acceptable writing sample, and basic statistics course. The GRE or MAT requirement may be waived for students with a GPA of 3.5 or above.