Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Our Neonatal Nurse Practitioner track will prepare you to provide healthcare to neonates, infants and children up to two years of age. You will attain the specialized knowledge and skills to provide high-quality care and promote wellness for neonates. Why Ohio State? Our students in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty enjoy the benefits of:

  • Flexibility. You can complete this track full-time or part-time. Based on state authorization eligibility, students may maintain their residence and complete their clinical experiences near where they live. Be sure to review our state authorization requirements to check eligibility in your state.
  • Affordability. As a student enrolled in our distance enhanced specialty option, you'll be eligible for in-state tuition rates no matter where you live. Be sure to review our state authorization requirements to check eligibility in your state.
  • World-Class Faculty. You'll learn from our faculty who are experts in the neonatal field.
  • Best in the Country. Ohio State's online master's programs were ranked #2 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Evidence-based Practice (EBP). EBP is integrated throughout our curriculum and will prepare you to promote the best patient outcomes as an advanced practice nurse.
  • Personal Wellness. As a nurse practitioner, it's not only important to focus on the health of your patients. Our curriculum at Ohio State is committed to integrating personal wellness and promoting clinician wellbeing.

Based on your previous educational experience, you'll enter the program either through the traditional master's, graduate entry, post-master's, BSN to DNP or BSN to PhD.

 

What is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner?

At the heart of our master's program are active, collaborative relationships between the College of Nursing faculty and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) across the country. As part of the country's most comprehensive health sciences center, our students benefit from access to cutting-edge research and knowledge and interdisciplinary collaboration among healthcare professionals. The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty is offered in a distance-enhanced format that enables students to complete their coursework online with three on-campus visits during the last four semesters. We can accommodate full-time and part-time students in the Traditional Master of Science program and full-time students through the Graduate Entry program.

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty prepares our graduates to provide healthcare to neonates in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient care, as well as care for neonates with acute or chronic health needs and care during patient transport.

Coursework, field experience and research allow our students to acquire the knowledge, values and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing certification. This specialty meets the curriculum guidelines of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and National Association of Neonatal Nurses. In order to eligible for neonatal nurse practitioner certification, students must have two years of full-time RN work experience in a NICU (within the last five years) prior to beginning clinical practicum experiences. Students who do not have two years of this experience may work in a NICU while completing non-clinical courses.

Elizabeth Sharpe, DNP, APRN-CNP, NNP-BC, VA-BC, FAANP
Director, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track

Message from the Director

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at The Ohio State University enables our graduates to provide specialized care for neonates and infants up to two years of life with a foundation in evidence-based practice, while offering the flexibility of full and part-time options.

Faculty

Jodi Ulloa
DNP, APRN-CNP, NNP-BC
ulloa.3@osu.edu

Skills

Our graduates are prepared with the skills and competencies to:

  • Assume an advanced practice role as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
  • Apply theory and research to practice with high-risk infants and their families
  • Design, implement and evaluate healthcare strategies for high-risk infants and their families
  • Expand knowledge by identifying research problems, participating in research and engaging in and implementing evidence-based practice
  • Utilize leadership skills for positive change in policies at the local, regional and national level
  • Adapt professionally to the constantly changing healthcare environment
  • Contribute to the advancement of the profession

Curriculum

The following prerequisites are required prior to enrolling in clinical courses:

  • Nursing 7305 Developmental Physiology and Pathophysiology of the High-Risk Neonate
  • Nursing 7302 Advanced Health Assessment of the Neonate
  • Nursing 7303 Advanced Newborn/Infant Pharmacology

Below are the Neonatal Clinical Practicum courses:

  • Nursing 7304 Developmental Care of the High-Risk Neonate and Family
  • Nursing 7308.01 Advanced Practice Nursing: Care of the High-Risk Neonate I
  • Nursing 7308.02 Advanced Practice Nursing: Care of the High-Risk Neonate II
  • Nursing 7308.03 Advanced Practice Nursing: Care of the High-Risk Neonate III

Additional coursework may also be required.

Sample Full-Time Traditional MS Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7305 Developmental Physiology and Pathophysiology of the High-Risk Neonate 6
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention across the Life Span 3
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total credit hours 15
   
Spring  
N7302 Advanced Health Assessment of the Neonate 3
N7303 Advanced Newborn/Infant Pharmacology 4
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
Total credit hours 10
   
Summer  
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
N7308.01 Care of the High-Risk Neonate I 7
Total credit hours 9
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7308.02 Care of the High-Risk Neonate II 9
N7304 Developmental Care of the High-Risk Neonate and Family 2
Total credit hours 11
   
Spring  
N7308.03 Care of the High-Risk Neonate III 9
Total credit hours 9
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Sample Part-Time Traditional MS Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention across the Life Span 3
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
Total credit hours 6
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7305 Developmental Physiology and Pathophysiology of the High-Risk Neonate 6
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
Total credit hours 8
   
Spring  
N7302 Advanced Health Assessment of the Neonate 3
N7303 Advanced Newborn/Infant Pharmacology 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Summer  
N7308.01 Care of the High-Risk Neonate I 7
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7308.02 Care of the High-Risk Neonate II 9
N7304 Developmental Care of the High-Risk Neonate and Family 2
Total credit hours 11
   
Spring  
N7308.03 Care of the High-Risk Neonate III 9
Total credit hours 9
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Sample Full-Time Graduate Entry Curriculum
Year 1
 
Summer Credit Hours
N6100 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice 2
N6410 Introduction to Health Assessment 3
N6420 A Nursing Perspective: Lifespan Development of Individuals Within a Family Context 3
Total credit hours 8
   
Autumn  
N6270 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults I 7
N6430 Cultural Competence in Healthcare: US and Global Contexts 3
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
Total credit hours 15
   
Spring  
N6260 Nursing Care of Children and Their Families 4
N6280 Nursing Care of Women and Their Families During Reproductive Transitions 4
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship2 3
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total credit hours 14
   
Year 2
 
Summer (Summer + May)  
N6240(S) Concepts in Community Health Nursing 4
N6340 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 4
Total credit hours 8
   
Autumn  
N6271 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults II 8
N6480 Quality Safety Initiatives in Clinical Practice1 1
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
Total credit hours 11
   
Year 3
 
Step out for clinical experience  
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
N7305 Developmental Physiology and Pathophysiology of the High-Risk Neonate 6
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7302 Advanced Health Assessment of the Neonate 3
N7303 Advanced Newborn/Infant Pharmacology 4
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention across the Life Span 3
Total credit hours 10
   
Year 5
 
Summer (Summer + May)  
N7308.01 Care of the High-Risk Neonate I 7
Total credit hours 7
   
Autumn  
N7308.02 Care of the High-Risk Neonate II 9
N7304 Developmental Care of the High-Risk Neonate and Family 2
Total credit hours 11
   
Spring  
N7308.03 Care of the High-Risk Neonate III 9
Total credit hours 9
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
1 Students must take N6480 prior to N7483
2 Students must take N7780 prior to NCLEX
Sample Full-Time BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy for Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
Total credit hours 6
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7305 Developmental Physiology and Pathophysiology of the High-Risk Neonate* 6
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical 2
Total credit hours 10
   
Spring  
N7302 Advanced Assessment of the Neonate* 3
N7303 Advanced Newborn/Infant Pharmacology* 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Summer  
N7308.01 Care of the High-Risk Neonate I* 7
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7308.02 Care of the High-Risk Neonate II* 9
N7304 Developmental Care of the High-Risk* 2
Total credit hours 11
   
Spring  
N7308.03 Care of the High-Risk Neonate III* 9
Master’s Comprehensive Exam**  
Total credit hours 9
   
Summer  
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
NP8193 Individual Studies (Optional) 1
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 78
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements
Sample Part-Time BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy for Doctoral Nursing practice 2
Total credit hours 6
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7305 Developmental Physiology and Pathophysiology of The High-Risk Neonate* 6
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
Total credit hours 8
   
Spring  
N7302 Advanced Assessment of the Neonate* 3
N7303 Advanced Newborn/Infant Pharmacology* 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Summer  
N7308.01 Care of the High-Risk Neonate I* 7
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7308.02 Care of the High-Risk Neonate II* 9
N7304 Developmental Care of the High-Risk Neonate and Family* 2
Total credit hours 11
   
Spring  
N7308.03 Care of the High-Risk Neonate III* 9
Master’s Comprehensive Exam**  
Total credit hours 9
   
Summer  
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 0
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical 2
Total credit hours 2
   
Spring  
NP 8193 Individual Studies (Optional) 1
NP 8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 5
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 78
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements
Clinical Courses

Our specialty provides preceptors in a wide variety of geographic locations and clinical sites in Ohio and throughout the country. Clinical experience meets the requirements for eligibility for advanced practice certification set by the National Certification Corporation as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Sixteen to 20 hours per week of precepted clinical practice are required during Nursing 7308 courses.

Distance Enhanced Learning Option

The College of Nursing is proud to provide a distance enhanced learning option for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty. Students in the Traditional MS, Post-Master's and BSN to DNP options will complete coursework online and complete their clinicals near their own community. Graduate Entry students will complete their pre-licensure coursework on campus and then complete their neonatal specific coursework online and specialty clinicals near their own community. All students enrolled in the NNP specialty coursework will be required to attend orientation and three on-campus seminars in Columbus in order to meet program requirements. These campus visits will occur over a two-to-four-day period (during the last four semesters) and enable students to participate in simulations, skills activities and gain valuable experiences essential to starting their career as an NNP. 

The College of Nursing is committed to the recruitment and preparation of culturally diverse nurse practitioners who are qualified to provide culturally competent health care. Distance education programs enable greater access to nursing education for RNs and NPs in areas with shortages of health care providers. State laws require post-secondary educational institutions to be legally authorized to provide online educational instruction in their states. This means that Ohio State online courses and programs must be legally authorized in a state prior to offering courses or programs to students residing there. Please check the status of your state of residence to determine if Ohio State has authorization to offer online courses and programs in your state. If you reside in a state in which Ohio State is authorized to provide online education or is pursuing authorization, to learn more about the distance learning option, email nursing@osu.edu.

FAQS

Nicole Clark
Nicole Clarke, graduate

“With Ohio State’s program, I have ceaseless opportunities for professional involvement and engagement and I have been able to engage in evidence-based practice projects and connect with accomplished leaders and practitioners that has ultimately prepared me for my future as a nurse practitioner.”