BSN to DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

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 research.

The NNP area of concentration offers post BSN to DNP. Students may study full-time or part-time. The BSN to DNP curricula are offered only on–site 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.

*Courses with a "D" can be delivered synchronously via distance technology. Such courses are open only to qualified on-site students as per Policy 438.

A sample program plan for full time study is provided below.   

Fall Term (Year 1)

  • NUR 2044 Nursing Graduate Orientation Module 0 cr.
  • NUR 2011/2011D* Applied Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3 cr.
  • NUR 2004/2004D* Pathophysiology Across the Life Span 4 cr.
  • NUR 2010/2010D* Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations 3 cr.
  • NURNP 2026/2026D* Role Seminar 1 1 cr.
  • NUR 3099/3099D* The Science of Health Care Delivery 2 cr.

Spring Term (Year 1)

Summer Term (Year 1)

Fall Term (Year 2)

Spring Term (Year 2)

  • NUR 2680/2680D* Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Therapeutics 3 cr.
  • NUR 3032/3032D* Data Analysis for DNP Projects 2 cr. 
  • NURNP 2573 Neonatal Disease Process 1 Theory 4 cr.
  • NURNP 2518/2518D* Family Theory for Nurse Practitioner: Principles, Implications, and Applications Across the Life Span 3 cr.

Summer Term (Year 2)

Fall Term (Year 3)

Spring Term (Year 3)

Summer Term (Year 3)

Comprehensive Exam (DNP and Clinical Specialty Comprehensive Exams are required)

Total Didactic Hours: 1170  (78 credits)
Total Clinical Hours: 1080 (18 credits including 10 credits of NURNP 3038)
Total Credits: 96
**NUR 3037 DNP Project Clinical (must take at least 1 credit)

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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner BSN to DNP Curriculum for 2018-2019