The neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) concentration prepares the nurse for a leadership role in the health-care system. Clinical and theoretical content focuses on meeting the needs of low- and high-risk neonates and their families in a variety of settings including 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 health-care disciplines. Coursework includes advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment and diagnostic reasoning across the lifespan, meeting LACE requirements for practice. The curriculum prepares the student to be certified as a neonatal nurse practitioner by the National Certification Corporation’s (NCC).

CoreTheoryClinicalTotal Units
NGRD 650Advanced Role Development and Collaboration4.0404.0
NGRD 651Theoretical Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice4.0404.0
NGRD 652Health-Care Systems Leadership4.0404.0
NGRD 653Health Systems Policy Development and Advocacy4.0404.0
NGRD 654Social Determinants of Health14.0404.0
NGRD 655Health Systems Finance4.0404.0
NGRD 656Outcomes Assessment for Strategic Planning4.0404.0
NGRD 657Intermediate Statistics4.0404.0
NGRD 658Nursing Research and Translational Science4.0404.0
NGRD 659Professional Writing for Nurse Leaders4.0404.0
RELE 564Ethics and Health Disparities3.0303.0
RELR 540Wholeness and Health3.0303.0
RELT 557Theology of Human Suffering3.0303.0
NGNN 622Neonatal Advanced Pharmacology4.0404.0
NGNN 624Neonatal Advanced Health Assessment4.0404.0
NGRD 621Pharmacology in Advanced Practice I2.0202.0
NGRD 625Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology4.0404.0
NGNN 500Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Skills Lab1.0301.0
NGNN 501Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I2.0202.0604.0
NGNN 502Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II2.0202.0604.0
NGNN 503Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III2.0203.0905.0
NGNN 504Neonatal Nurse Practitioner IV3.0305.01508.0
NGNN 505Neonatal Nurse Practitioner V3.0305.01508.0
NGNN 506Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Practicum1.0107.02108.0
D.N.P. Project
NGRD 667Introduction to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Inquiry Proposal Project1.8201.2403.0
NGRD 669ADNP Practice Inquiry Project4.01204.0
NGRD 669BDNP Practice Inquiry Project4.01204.0
NGRD 669CDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0802.0
NGRD 669DDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
NGRD 669EDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
NGRD 669FDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
Overall Totals77.878042.21290120.0

Fulfills service learning requirement.


Prior to graduation, students are required to submit an online professional portfolio. Documentation of 510 doctoral leadership practice hours will be included in the portfolio.

Normal time to complete the program

Four years (15 academic quarters)—based on less than full-time enrollment.