Overview & Program of Study
Specialty Track Description
The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty track prepares graduates to function as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) providing comprehensive care to high-risk newborn infants and their families. A strong foundation of study is provided in the physiologic, embryologic, and pathophysiologic basis of neonatal acute and chronic disorders.
Clinical experiences take place in a number of neonatal intensive care units in the greater Salt Lake area. One of these NICUs is a state-of-the art Level III unit specializing in care of the VLBW infant. Another NICU is and a Level III C unit in the nearby children's hospital. The graduate will be eligible for certification through the National Certification Corporation.
At the conclusion of the BS-DNP NNP specialty track, the graduate will be able to do the following:
- Successfully complete the NCC certification exam for the neonatal nurse practitioners
- Provide the assessment of and care for the critically ill infants in Level 1, 2 and 3 Neonatal ICUs
- Consult with pediatricians in the newborn nursery for unusual infant presentations
- Develop evidence based guidelines for neonatal care
- Collaborate and coordinate care of the neonate with complex problems with various specialty disciplines
Length of Study
The Neonatal Acute Care Nurse practitioner Specialty track is eight (8) semesters in length, requiring 85 credit hours in didactic and clinical coursework. It is available only as a full-time plan of study (9+ credit hours per semester) and is completed in three (3) years, including two (2) summer semesters.
Studying at a Distance
Some courses are available online or via distance, but the NNP specialty track cannot be completed at a distance.
Graduates are prepared to sit for national certification from the National Certification Corporation (NCC) as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP-BC). Upon successful completion of the exam candidates are eligible to become certified or licensed to practice.
Programs of Study
The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner plan of study requires completion of the DNP core curriculum, neonatal nurse practitioner specialty courses, a DNP Capstone Project, and approximately 1000 hours of practicum and residency experience. Course descriptions can be found in the University of Utah General Catalog.