Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Admissions

How Do I Apply?

The School of Nursing follows a FALL TERM ONLY COHORT ADMISSIONS process. Complete applications to Neonatal Nurse Practitioner must be received either by February 15th or May 1st. Admission decisions for complete applications received by February 15th will be made prior to June 1st.  And complete applications received by May 1st will be reviewed and admission decision made by June 30th. International applicants need to apply by February 15th in order to allow sufficient time for obtaining relevant documents. Application decisions (except for international applicants) will be communicated electronically by e-mail. (An RN Option, Early Admission to MSN/DNP is available.)

Requirements include:

  1. A current license to practice nursing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the state or U.S. territory where clinical, practicum or residency requirements will be completed is required prior to enrolling in courses with a clinical, practicum or residency requirement. Foreign applicants should see section on Admission of Students from Other Countries.
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the undergraduate degree.
  3. Prospective students must also have the equivalent of two years full time (within the last five years) practice experience as a registered nurse (RN) caring for newborns, infants and children in critical care inpatient settings primarily Level III or IV NICU before enrolling in clinical courses.  Students may enroll in pre-clinical courses while obtaining the practice experience.
  4. A pre-admission interview. If the applicant resides at a great distance, a telephone interview may be conducted.
  5. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE may be waived if the BSN GPA IS 3.5 or higher.
  6. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from accredited program (ACEN, NLN, ACICS, or CCNE)
  7. A prerequisite undergraduate statistics course of at least three credits, with a minimum of a C grade is required.
  8. The following requirements can be uploaded into the online application.
  9. Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's capacity and potential for master's study from each of the following:
    • The director or a faculty member from the most recent academic program attended (if applicant has been a nursing student in the last 5 years);
    • A recent employer; and,
    • A person who can speak to the applicant's professional work.
  10. A typed essay of a minimum of 500 words stating:
    • Your philosophy of nursing;
    • Your reasons for wanting to study in a particular area of concentration;
    • What you expect from the master's program; and,
    • Your future career goals.
  11. A resume that includes relevant work experiences (include dates of employment by month and year), examples of leadership and commitment to the profession of nursing, and memberships in professional nursing organizations.
  12. Official transcripts in signed, sealed envelopes, UNOPENED should be mailed to:
    • University of Pittsburgh
      School of Nursing
      Student Affairs & Alumni Relations
      239 Victoria Building
      Pittsburgh, PA 15261