Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

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One year of full-time, Level III NICU nursing experience is required prior to beginning the NNP major. Clinical nursing courses must be taken in the semester and sequence listed above. Clinical course availability is based upon enrollment.

* online course
** online course (fall semesters only)

Sample Full-Time Curriculum: Beginning Fall 2015

First Year

Fall Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 2
NUNP 416 Newborn Assessment * 3
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NUNP 405 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I * 3
  Total 12

Spring Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse ** 3
NUNP 412 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II * 4
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 12

Summer Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
NUNP 413 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III * 3
  Total 5

Second Year

Fall Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 414 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner IV * 5
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance 1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
NURS 451 Leadership for Quality Healthcare in Systems 3
  Total 11

Accumulated Total Hours: 40

Part-Time: Beginning Fall 2015

First Year

Fall Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 2
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
  Total 6

Spring Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse ** 3
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
  Total 4

Summer Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
  Total 3

Second Year

Fall Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 416 Newborn Assessment 3
NURS 405 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I * 3
  Total 6

Spring Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 412 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II * 4
NURS 502 Inquiry III:Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance 1
  Total 8

Summer Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 413 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III * 3
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 5

Third Year

Fall Semester III

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 414 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner IV * 5
NURS 451 Leadership for Quality Healthcare in Systems 3
  Total 8

Accumulated Total Hours: 40

* online course
** online course (fall semesters only)

One year of full-time, Level III NICU nursing experience is required prior to beginning the NNP major. Clinical nursing courses must be taken in the semester and sequence listed above. Clinical course availability is based upon enrollment.


Sample Full-Time Curriculum: Prior to Fall 2015

First Year

Fall Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 3
NUNP 416 Newborn Assessment * 3
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NUNP 405 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I * 3
  Total 13

Spring Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse ** 3
NUNP 412 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II * 4
NURS 443B Professionalism in Advanced Practice: Role Development 1
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 13

Summer Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
NUNP 413 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III * 3
  Total 5

Second Year

Fall Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 414 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner IV * 5
NURS 503 Inquiry Practicum 1
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance 1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
  Total 9

Accumulated Total Hours: 40


Part-Time: Prior to Fall 2015

First Year

Fall Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 3
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
  Total 7

Spring Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse ** 3
NURS 443B Professionalism in Advanced Practice: Role Development 1
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 6

Summer Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
  Total 3

Second Year

Fall Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 416 Newborn Assessment 3
NURS 405 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I * 3
  Total 6

Spring Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 412 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II * 4
NURS 502 Inquiry III:Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance 1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
  Total 9

Summer Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 413 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III * 3
NURS 503 Inquiry Practicum 1
  Total 4

Third Year

Fall Semester III

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 414 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner IV * 5
  Total 5

Accumulated Total Hours: 40