Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

"Trained to be Different"


Emory's online Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program is the only one in the state of Georgia and the closest program for nurses in Florida and South Carolina as well. Our students and graduates benefit from the many neonatal clinical sites provided by Emory Healthcare and other healthcare systems throughout the state and SE region.

Our NNP specialty master’s program is one of a handful of NNP programs in the country that prepares nurses for practice across the continuum of care. The program prepares nurses as advanced practice providers who are skilled in performing comprehensive assessments, diagnostic evaluations, and symptom and disease management for neonates and infants through age two. This focus includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, parental counseling, 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 in primary, acute and critical care. The online format means working nurses do not need to give up employment or relocate to the Atlanta area to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Emory University.

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

Tracey Bell, DNP,APRN, NNP-BC

Kandice Pampuri

*Please email with application questions.


  • We offer full-time and part-time plans of study in an “executive online” format
  • Students come to campus 1-2 times a semester for intensive content delivery, simulations, procedural skills labs, and competency validations
  • Faculty arrange all clinical contracts and preceptor agreements, across the state of GA and as able, in the students home state.
  • Post-graduate certificate program is available
  • Low faculty-student ratios
  • Didactic and clinical experience
  • Online content delivery 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 through 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 upon discharge. Student clinical experiences include all levels of neonatal care across the continuum of care, including primary care settings. Students are placed in sites across Georgia and in other sites as allowable by state regulations.  Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national l Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam from the National Certification Corporation (NCC).


Admission Requirements

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 or a multistate RN license
  • Two years of full time RN experience in a level III or IV NICU for full time study, one year of full time RN experience in a level III or IV NICU for part time study

Admission Requirements:

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • 2-3 References (preference for at least one to be a nursing supervisor)
  • Students with international nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools ( for previous nursing coursework.
  • Students with international transcripts for non-nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from World Education Services ( for previous non-nursing coursework.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores are required if English is a second language. Read Emory University's accepted tests policy here.

Students who need an F1 visa are not eligible for admission due to the amount of content delivered online. The Department of Homeland Security does not allow our DNP or MSN programs to issue F1 visas.

Transcript submission:

* Preferred method: Choose Emory University - School of Nursing in the electronic transcript systems or have your school email your official transcripts to

If your school does not participate in the electronic transcript system or cannot email your transcripts then please have them mail a hard copy to:

Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
1520 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322

*Please note that all courses and degrees in the application checklist must be verified by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs before they are marked as received. 

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.


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 can be found here.

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at or call 404.727.7980.

State Eligibility and Licensure Requirements

Not every state will allow a student to enroll in a distance education program or to participate in a clinical placement within the state. The states found on the link below are eligible states for distance-based education and clinical placement. For applicants not seeing their state on this list, please contact the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs.

Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia should be aware of their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education rules and regulations.

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