Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Priority application deadline: April 1, 2014

Emory Healthcare provides numerous neonatal services, and is therefore the premier institution to support the only Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program in the State of Georgia.

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, symptom and disease management for neonates and infants up to age 2. 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 750 hours of precepted clinical practice across the continuum of care.

Fast Facts

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 healthcare community. Below are some notable facts and figures about Emory University’s School of Nursing:

  • Total students – 491
    • Females – 450
    • Males – 41
    • Minorities – 173
  • Total BSN students – 298
  • Total MSN students – 172
  • Total PhD students – 21
  • Rankings 
    • #21 for Nursing in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools
    • #11 for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools
    • #13 for Nurse-Midwifery in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools
    • #21 for Family Nurse Practitioner in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools
  • Student to Clinical Faculty ratio – 8:1

Highlights

Flexible Studies/Degree Options
Our 46-hour graduate hybrid  program is structured to be completed in four semesters; part-time study is an option. There is also opportunity for Post-Master’s Certificate completion in the neonatal population. This requires faculty approval prior to acceptance. 

Clinical Experience
Graduates are required to complete 750 hours in clinical practice. Neonatal ICU clinical sites include Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Children’s Hospital, Grady Memorial and Emory Midtown University Hospital. Primary clinical sites include various neonatal clinics across metro Atlanta serving infants following hospital discharge such as Sibley Heart Center, Pulmonology clinic, Developmental Care Clinic, Apnea Center and Transitional Care units. 

Unique Highlights
Emory provides the only Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program in the State of Georgia. The program heavily emphasizes clinical experiences with more than 600 hours directing care for critically ill neonates in the NICU. Clinical experiences are tailored to meet individual student’s needs in an effort to cultivate independence in the Neonatal Advanced Practice role.

Emory faculty negotiate clinical contracts and coordinate clinical site placements for students.

Additionally, our MSN core curriculum provides education across the life-span on several topics of health care promotion, healthcare quality and safety, and health assessment. All MSN students participate in leadership development seminars, professional growth courses and research/evidence-based projects.

Students also will participate in service learning projects in which they will have the opportunity to provide neonatal and family-centered care in the community-based setting, both nationally and internationally. 

Career Opportunities
Graduates provide comprehensive, holistic, family-centered, and developmentally based care to neonates and their families in all levels of health care center NICUs, and a variety of pediatric/infant developmental, transitional and well-care clinics. For more information about NNP careers and the NNP workforce, click here.

Program Requirements
In addition to MSN admission requirements, entry into the NNP program will require 2 years of recent RN experience in a Level III or higher NICU.

Curriculum

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) Curriculum Track - Full Time Program of Study, 46 Credit Hours 

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

Semester 1 (Fall) 

NRSG 524 Becoming an APRN (H)

2

NRSG 528 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

NRSG 544-001 Advanced Health Assessment (Neonatal section) (H)

3

NRSG 547 Promoting and Maintaining  Optimal Wellness in the Pediatric Patient

2

NRSG 576F Introduction to Clinical Seminar: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

1

Elective*

1*

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 2 (Spring) 

NRSG 505 Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

NRSG 522 Advanced Pharmacology (H)

3

NRSG 556 Advanced Neonatal Issues I (O)

3

NRSG 651 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I (H)

3

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 3 (Summer) 

NRSG 558 Advanced Neonatal Issues II (O)

3

NRSG 591 Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

3

NRSG 653 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II (H)

5

Elective*

1*

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 4 (Fall) 

NRSG 559 Genetics

2

NRSG 589 Leadership for Health Professions (H)

2

NRSG 657 Palliative Care across the Spectrum

2

NRSG 654 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III (H)

6

Semester Credit Hours

12

Total Credit Hours 

48 (46)

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

 

Tuition

Fall 2014

Category Description

Amount

Tuition Expenses

20,200.00

Fees

3377.00

Living Expenses

8,982.00

Books and Supply Expenses

1,154.00

Transportation Expenses

335.00

Loan Fees

576.00

Health Insurance

1,400.00

Term Total

32,984.00

Spring 2015

Category Description

Amount

Tuition Expenses

20,200.00

Fees

267.00

Living Expenses

8,982.00

Books and Supply Expenses

1,154.00

Transportation Expenses

335.00

Loan Fees

576.00

Health Insurance

1,400.00

Term Total

32,914.00

Total Cost of Attendance

65,898.00

*Living, transportation, and books/supplies expenses are estimated.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid options are still being finalized for this new program. Please check back soon for updates.