Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

.Become a Neonatal NP

Become a Neonatal NP

Emory’s online Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program is the only one in the state of Georgia and the closest program for nurses in Florida and South Carolina as well. Its programs and graduates benefit from the many neonatal services provided by Emory Healthcare and other healthcare systems throughout the state and SE region.

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 advanced practice providers who are skilled in performing comprehensive assessments, diagnostic evaluations, and symptom and disease management for neonates and infants through age two. This focus includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, parental counseling, 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 in primary, acute and critical care. The online format means working nurses do not need to give up employment or relocate to the Atlanta area to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Emory University.

Suzanne L. Staebler DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Clinical Professor | Office of Academic Advancement
suzanne.staebler@emory.edu

• We offer full-time and part-time plans of study in an “executive online” format
• Students may choose to complete a MSN or DNP degree plan while becoming an NNP.
• Students come to campus 1-2 times a semester for intensive content delivery, simulations, procedural skills labs, and competency validations
• Faculty arrange all clinical contracts and preceptor agreements
• Post-graduate certificate program is available
• Low faculty-student ratios
• Didactic and clinical experience
• Online content delivery allows schedule to be tailored to meet students' needs and working lifestyle


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 through 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 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 l Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam from the National Certification Corporation (NCC) 

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
  • $75 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 3.2 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.

Learn more about Technical Standards in the 2018-2019 Student Handbook.

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.

*Refer to the program specific admission requirements within the program description (pg. 89).

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

 

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

 

NRSG 554

Advanced Neonatal and Pediatric Health Assessment

3

NRSG 547

Staying Healthy: Promoting and Maintaining Health in the Pediatric Patient 

3

30

Semester Credit Hours

11

30

 

 

 

 

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

180

Semester Credit Hours

13

180

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 557

Advanced Neonatal Issues II

3

NRSG 653

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II   

5

240

NRSG 591

Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

3

Semester Credit Hours

11

240

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum

2

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

NRSG 599

Business of Health Care: Finance 

2

NRSG 654

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III 

6

300

Semester Credit Hours

12

300

Total Credit Hours

47

Total Clinical Hours

750

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

 

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

 

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

7

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2 (Spring)

 

 

 

NRSG 505

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

Semester Credit Hours

13

 

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 591

Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

3

Semester Credit Hours

3

 

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 554

Advanced Neonatal and Pediatric Health Assessment

3

NRSG 547

Staying Healthy: Promoting and Maintaining Health in the Pediatric Patient 

3

30

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

Semester Credit Hours

8

30

Semester 5 (Spring)

 

NRSG 556

Advanced Neonatal Issues I

3

 

NRSG 651

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I    

4

180

Semester Credit Hours

6

180

Semester 6 (Summer)

NRSG 557

Advanced Neonatal Issues II

3

NRSG 653

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II   

5

240

Semester Credit Hours

8

240

Semester 7 (Fall)

NRSG 599

Business of Health Care: Finance 

2

NRSG 654

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III 

6

300

Semester Credit Hours

8

300

Total Credit Hours

47

Total Clinical Hours

750

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Not every state will allow a student to enroll in a distance education program or to participate in a clinical placement within the state. The states found on the link below are eligible states for distance-based education and clinical placement. For applicants not seeing their state on this list, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. 

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Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia should be aware of their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education rules and regulations.

  • Ranked No. 3 in the nation for graduate nursing education by US News & World Report 
  • The only Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program in 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
  • 33 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows 
The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Spring, Summer and Fall 2019. Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation.  Application deadlines can be found here.

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980.

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