Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

.Become a Neonatal NP

Become a Neonatal NP

Emory offers the only online Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program in the state of Georgia. Its programs and graduates benefit from the many neonatal services provided by Emory Healthcare and other healthcare systems throughout the state.

Our NNP specialty master’s program isone of a handful of NNP programs in the country thatprepares nurses for practice across the continuum of care. The program prepares nurses as as advanced practice providers who are skilled in performing comprehensive assessments, diagnostic evaluations, and symptom and disease management for neonates and infants through theage 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. The online format means working nurses do not need to give up employment or relocate to the Atlanta area.

  • We offer full-time and part-time plans of study in an “executive online” format, 
  • Students visit campus once a semester for intensive content delivery, simulations, procedural skills labs, and competency validation.
  • Faculty arrange all clinical contracts and preceptor agreements
  • Post-graduate certificate program
  • Low faculty-student ratios
  • Didactic and clinical experience
  • Online program 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 hrough 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 across the continuum, transitioning 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 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam from the National Certification Corporation (NCC) 

  • Ranked No. 4 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 

*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 544-001

Advanced Health Assessment (Neonatal section)

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 544-001

Advanced Health Assessment (Neonatal section)

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

7

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 (Summer)

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum

2

NRSG 599

Business of Health Care: Finance 

2

NRSG 654

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III 

6

300

Semester Credit Hours

10

300

Total Credit Hours

49

Total Clinical Hours

750

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
  • $50 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 3.5 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.

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.

MSN

Tuition (per credit hour)*$1850
Academic Fees (per semester) **$500
Health Insurance***$6328

* Tuition is based on 2017-2018 tuition rates approved by the Board of Trustees. Future academic year tuition rates are subject to change. Tuition is charged per hour up to 12 semester hours.

** Academic fees will vary based upon the semester. This is an average amount per semester.

*** Health insurance is required for all students. You will be billed automatically for the university’s student health insurance plan if you do not provide proof of adequate coverage by another insurer.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance budget is considered sufficient to support a basic lifestyle for a single student. It does not include expenses for dependents, travel, vacations, or luxury items such as automobiles, household furniture, or appliances. The estimated cost of attendance for 2017-2018 for a full time (12+ semester hours) MSN student enrolled for fall, spring and summer semesters is $100,552. This is not the amount you will owe. The cost of attendance is not the amount you will pay for the year. The cost of attendance is the budget used to determine the financial aid amount offered each year and is more than a student's full time tuition and fees to provide assistance for living expenses if needed.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Spring, Summer and Fall 2018. 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 are below.
  • 10/15/2017*
  • 12/15/2017**
  • January 15, 2018
  • March 15, 2018
*Priority deadline to be considered for merit-based aid
** Final priority deadline for admission

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.

Please visit the Graduate Program Financial Aid Page for information about financial aid options.

Thank you for your interest in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Please complete this form to receive updates about Emory's admissions process and academic programs.

Suzanne L. Staebler DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, FAANP

Associate Clinical Professor | Office of Academic Advancement

suzanne.staebler@emory.edu