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Neonatal Nursing Degree Programs
(found programs from 44 schools)


Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNPs) are registered nurses with formal graduate education and supervised clinical experience in managing sick newborns and their families. The main aim of a neonatal nursing program is to prepare registered nurses to be leaders in neonatal care. NNPs may manage a caseload of neonates/newborns with collaboration and supervision from pediatricians, but they're trained to use their own judgment in assessing, diagnosing, and treating infants in ways that comply with individual state nurse practice laws. Their jobs are special because they consider the both the infant and the parents, since the babies can't communicate and depend on their parents for survival.

NNPs fill an important role that improves the quality of care for patients. They communicate closely with parents and with other clinicians who are part of the healthcare team. In many cases they're the common thread that connects the different clinical services - the thread that helps to create continuity-of-care for patients and families.

Single Focus

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners focus solely on the care of neonates, who are often cared for in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) or nurseries. Many infants who end up in a NICU are premature, have suffered some trauma, or have a congenital birth abnormality.

NNPs can legally diagnose and treat many diseases and conditions. In addition, some NNPs direct and manage patient care from admission to discharge by collaborating with physicians and other members of the health care team to form a safety net around their patients. NNPs also may follow their patients into outpatient settings, which can help to ensure a smooth transition from one location to another. The exact structure of the NNP role can vary and depends strongly upon the agreement with physicians and other health care team members.

Career Mobility

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners are focused solely on neonates and their parents, but that doesn't mean they have limited career options. Most NNPs have some affiliation with a hospital neonatal intensive care unit, but some branch out and provide consulting services beyond the walls of hospitals. Some provide consulting and support services for families who care for premature infants at home after discharge. They may do this independently or through a home health agency. Other NNPs may go into business for themselves or work in a specialized niche within industry, such as one that provides equipment or services for neonatal care. Some NNPs are writers who make complex health information easier for parents to understand. And most if not all NNPs teach and educate families and other healthcare providers about the complex needs of newborns and their families. In addition, NNPs may be involved in medical research as investigators, project managers, or team members providing research interventions to improve the healthcare for neonates of the future.

Spotlight on the University of California San Francisco

UCSF has been listed as a top school by US News and World Reports, ranking fourth in 2011. One of the ways UCSF sets itself apart as a top nursing school is by focusing on the increasingly important impact of health disparities in our world. Faculty members at UCSF seek to prepare NNPs to work with diverse, vulnerable, and underserved populations through both clinical and classroom exposures, so students are ready to face the challenges and dilemmas of modern healthcare when they graduate.

Listed below are all of the schools in the US offering accredited Neonatal Nursing degree programs.

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Alabama

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
Program Name: Acute and Continuing Care NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
Program Name: Neonatal NP (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Arizona

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
Program Name: Neonatal NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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California

Brandman University (Irvine, CA)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Colorado

Regis University (Denver, CO)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Connecticut

University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
Program Name: Neonatal Acute Care (CNS or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Florida

University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Illinois

Rush University (Chicago, IL)
Program Name: Neonatal NP (NNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (Peoria, IL)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Indiana

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Iowa

University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Kentucky

University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
Program Name: MSN - Parent-Child Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Louisiana

Louisiana State University-Health Sciences Center-New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Shreveport, LA)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Massachusetts

Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
Program Name: Infant Child Adolescent Health/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Minnesota

St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner: Neonatal
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Missouri

University of Missouri-Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
Program Name: Neonatal NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Nebraska

Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
Program Name: Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner/CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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New Jersey

The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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New York

Columbia University (New York, NY)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY)
Program Name: Neonatal NP/CNS (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
Program Name: Care of Children and Families/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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North Carolina

Duke University (Durham, NC)
Program Name: Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Ohio

Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Program Name: Neonatal NP or CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (Oklahoma City, OK)
Program Name: Neonatal NP
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Pennsylvania

Thomas Jefferson University (Danville, PA / Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Post-Masters DNP - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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South Dakota

South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Tennessee

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
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Texas

The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Galveston, TX)
Program Name: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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Washington

University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist (Neonatal or Perinatal), Neonatal NP, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP), Neonatal/Perinatal CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
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West Virginia

West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
Program Name: Neonatal NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited