The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) is prepared to manage the health care of high-risk infants within families and children up to 2 years of age. This expanded clinician role is performed in collaboration with neonatologists and other pediatric clinicians. Graduates assume leadership roles in a variety of clinical settings including intensive care nurseries of various levels, newborn nurseries and high-risk follow-up clinics. Course work and clinical experiences focus on the care and management of critically ill and convalescent premature and full-term infants. Graduates select and perform diagnostic and therapeutic invasive procedures on newborns in the intensive care setting and are prepared to participate in quality improvement projects.
The NNP area of concentration offers post-BSN to DNP. Students may study full-time or part-time. The BSN to DNP curriculum is offered only onsite on the main campus in Pittsburgh. Selected core courses may be transmitted to students who live a distance from campus (additional fees may apply). Those courses are designated by a “D” in the sample program plan below. Graduates are eligible for national certification offered by the National Certification Corporation and for legal certification as a CRNP and prescriptive authority through the State Board of Nursing of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other states.