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Online Program - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Application deadline for graduate program admission extended to March 1, 2016. Significant scholarships available for 2016 class.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner major is a 75 credit hour curriculum designed to prepare experienced registered nurses for the advanced practice nursing role 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 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. The program coordinator is Cheryl Riley, DNP, RN, NNP-BC.

There are two program study options:

1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a major of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP).

2. Post Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree for the NNP, a study option which allows nurses who have completed an advanced nursing degree (master's or doctorate) to prepare for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner role.

Application process for the NNP program:

  • Create an account through the NursingCAS
  • Baccalaureate Degree with a major in nursing
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE or MAT scores optional
  • Two (2) years of recent experience in a level 3 NICU (Other experience may be considered on a case by case basis. Students with 1 year of experience may be considered for admission if they will have completed 2 years in the NICU before the first clinical course is taken)

If selected to be interviewed for admission:

  • A writing sample on site
  • A personal interview
  • Current licensure to practice as an RN in Texas before beginning course of study
  • Documentation of successful completion of a graduate level statistics course

Full-time and part-time degree plans are available. Graduate student tuition is based on credit hours, not a flat rate and is consistent with that of Baylor University. Fees are added after the per credit tuition rate. Technology such as laptops, smart phones, etc. may be of value, but are up to the individual and personal preference.

Application Deadlines
For the fall start date applicants should plan to complete all admission materials on or before March 1st.

Financial Assistance
Students admitted to the Graduate Program in Nursing may be eligible for scholarship/graduate tuition assistance through the school of nursing. Scholarship funds are limited and are awarded based on tuition cost after students register for classes. Federal assistance in the form of student loans is available through the Baylor University Financial Aid Office. Federal student loans require completion of FAFSA by students at Please contact Endalk Tulu, Louise Herrington School of Nursing Financial Aid Coordinator, for additional information.

For More Information Contact:
Mrs. Elaine Lark
Coordinator of Recruitment and Enrollment
Phone 214-818-7839
Fax 214-820-3835