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. 

Our NNP specialty master’s program prepares nurses as primary, acute, and critical care advanced practice providers that are skilled in performing comprehensive assessments, diagnostic evaluations, and symptom and disease management for neonates and infants up to 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. 

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 up to age 2. 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. This focus includes health promotion, health maintenance, parental counseling and education in a variety of health care settings. Students complete more than 700 hours of 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) 

Student Enrollment

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has a long-standing history of educating women and men to be leaders on the forefront of the health care community. 

  • Total students: 537
    • Females: 485
    • Males: 40
    • Minorities: 207
    • Total BSN students: 320
    • Total MSN students: 172
    • Total PhD students: 27
    • Total DNP students: 18

Post Graduation Placement Information

2013--2014 BSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 40 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 30 percent enrolled in graduate school.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $40,000--49,000.

2013--2014 MSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 82 percent were employed immediately after graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $80,000--89,000.

Academic Distinctions

  • Ranked No. 10 in the nation for graduate nursing education by US News & World Report 
  • Leader in service learning and global health 
  • Research that impacts lives worldwide—No. 10 in NIH funding 
  • Internationally recognized faculty researchers 
  • 24 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows 
  • Students work in 500+ diverse clinical sites nationwide 
  • Located in Atlanta, a leading health care center in the US

Full-Time Program of Study, 54 Credit Hours

(H) - designates hybrid class
(O) - designates online class

Semester 1 (Fall) 

NRSG 524 Becoming an APRN (H) (2 hours)
NRSG 528 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (3 hours)
NRSG 544 Advanced Health Assessment (Neonatal section) (H) (3 hours)
NRSG 547 Promoting and Maintaining Optimal Wellness in the Pediatric Patient (3 hours)
Elective* (1 hour)

Semester Credit Hours - 12

Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 505 Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3 hours)
NRSG 522 Advanced Pharmacology (H) (3 hours)
NRSG 556 Advanced Neonatal Issues I (O) (3 hours)
NRSG 651 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I (H) (3 hours)

Semester Credit Hours - 12

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 558 Advanced Neonatal Issues II (O) (3 hours)
NRSG 591 Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety (3 hours)
NRSG 653 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II (H) (5 hours)
Elective* (1 hour)

Semester Credit Hours - 12

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 559 Genetics (2 hours)
NRSG 589 Leadership for Health Professions (H) (2 hours)
NRSG 657 Palliative Care across the Spectrum (2 hours)
NRSG 654 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III (H) (6 hours)

Semester Credit Hours - 12

*The fall and summer semester electives are not required, but may be necessary to maintain full-time status for financial aid purposes.

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