Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

.Become a Neonatal NP

Become a Neonatal NP

Emory offers the only Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program in the state of Georgia. Its programs and graduates benefit from the many neonatal services provided by Emory Healthcare and other healthcare systems throughout the state. 

Our NNP specialty master’s program is one of a handful of NNP programs in the country that prepares nurses for practice across the continuum of care. The program prepares nurses as as advanced practice providers who are skilled in performing comprehensive assessments, diagnostic evaluations, and symptom and disease management for neonates and infants through the age two. This focus includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, parental counseling and education, diagnoses and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of health care settings. All aspects of advanced nursing practice are explored from an evidenced-based approach, including roles of educator, researcher, consultant, and advocate. Students complete more than 700 hours of direct patient care across the continuum of care. 

  • We offer full-time and part-time plans of study in an “executive online” format, beginning August 2016
  • Students are on campus one weekend a month for ‘intensive’ content delivery, simulations, procedural skills labs and competency validation.
  • Faculty negotiate all clinical contracts and preceptor agreements. 
  • Post-graduate certificate program
  • Low faculty-student ratios
  • Didactic and clinical experience

Our NNP specialty master’s program meets the NANNP program standards to prepare nurses to be primary, acute and critical care advanced practice providers for neonates and infants hrough the age of two. Graduates are skilled in attending high-risk deliveries and resuscitation, performing comprehensive assessments, diagnostic evaluations, symptom and disease management and coordination of care across the continuum, transitioning care upon discharge.Student clinical experiences include direct patient care across the continuum of care, including primary care settings. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam from the National Certification Corporation (NCC) 

  • Ranked No. 8 in the nation for graduate nursing education by US News & World Report 
  • The only Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program is the State of Georgia
  • 100 percent national certification exam pass rate as of April 2016
  • 9 faculty members are Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • 24 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows 

Plan of Study = 46 credits

Full time study = 4 semesters
Part-time study = 7 semesters

Executive online format available beginning August 2016

Post-graduate certificate program

Full-time Plan:

Semester 1 (Fall)

NRSG 524 Becoming an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

2

NRSG 528 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

NRSG 544-001 Advanced Health Assessment (Neonatal section)

3

NRSG 547 Promoting and Maintaining Optimal Wellness in the Pediatric Patient

3

Semester Credit Hours

11

Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 505 Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

NRSG 522 Advanced Pharmacology

3

NRSG 556 Advanced Neonatal Issues I

3

NRSG 651 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I

4

Semester Credit Hours

13

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 557 Advanced Neonatal Issues II

3

NRSG 591 Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

3

NRSG 653 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II

5

Semester Credit Hours

11

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 599 Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

NRSG 589 Leadership for Health Professions

2

NRSG 657 Palliative Care across the Spectrum

2

NRSG 654 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III

6

Semester Credit Hours

12

Total Credit Hours

47

Part-time Plan

Semester 1 (Fall)

NRSG 524 Becoming an APRN

2

NRSG 528 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

Semester Credit Hours

5

Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 505 Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

NRSG 522 Advanced Pharmacology

3

Semester Credit Hours

6

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 591 Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

3

Semester Credit Hours

3

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 544-001 Advanced Health Assessment (Neonatal section)

3

NRSG 547 Promoting and Maintaining Optimal Wellness in the Pediatric Patient

3

NRSG 559 Genetics

2

Semester Credit Hours

8

Semester 5 (Spring)

NRSG 556 Advanced Neonatal Issues I 3
NRSG 651 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I  4

Semester Credit Hours

7

Semester 6 (Summer)

NRSG 557 Advanced Neonatal Issues II 3
NRSG 653 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II  5

Semester Credit Hours

8

Semester 7 (Fall)

NRSG 589 Leadership for Health Professions 2
NRSG 657 Palliative Care across the Spectrum 2
NRSG 654 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III 6

Semester Credit Hours

10

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

Requirements for MSN admission include

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia
  • GRE Test Scores

 Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) for previous nursing coursework
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) for previous non-nursing coursework
  • Official GRE score report
    • The GRE must be retaken if scores are older than 5 years
    • TOEFL scores are required if English is a second language
  • Resume

The average GPA for admitted students is 3.5. Students are encouraged to submit GRE test scores that fall within the 50th-99th percentile of all test takers

The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants meeting at least ONE of the following criteria**: 

  • GPA greater than or equal to a 3.5 from an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • Previous master’s degree (or higher) completed from an accredited college or university+

**It is at the discretion of the Admission Committee to request test scores despite meeting GRE waiver.

Program Specific Requirements

Successful NNP students have a strong clinical foundation prior to entering the program.  National criteria mandate that all applicants must have at least two years (full-time) of Level III or IV NICU nursing experience prior to entering the clinical courses of the program.  Part-time applicants will be considered with one year of Full-time NICU nursing experience.

Please visit the Graduate Program Financial Aid Page for information about financial aid options.

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