Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

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Overview

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) is an advanced practice nurse whose scope of practice includes the provision of direct patient care to preterm infants, full-term infants, neonates, and children up to the age of two. UMSON's doctoral NNP specialty prepares students to function in the NNP role in neonatal intensive care units, step-down units, newborn nurseries, developmental follow-up clinics, and primary care settings. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.

Learn more about what it's like to be a neonatal nurse practitioner by watching the videos produced by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses below.

Plans of Study

Plans of Study Prior to Fall '16

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (Three-Year/Full-Time) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title

Credit/Clinical Hours

Fall Year 1

NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology

3 Credits 

NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Across the Life Span

3 Credits 

NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span

4 Credits

Total:

10 Credits 

Spring Year 1 

NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3 Credits

NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice

3 Credits 

NDNP 850: Diagnosis and Management 1: Introduction to Diagnostic Reasoning

2 Credits 

NDNP 851: Diagnosis and Management 1: Introduction to Diagnostic Reasoning Clinical

2 Credits (90 Hours)

Total:

10 Credits

Summer Year 1 

NRSG 780: Population Health and Promotion

3 Credits

NRSG 785: Professional Writing

1 Credit

NDNP 725: Advanced Pediatric Pathophysiology, Developmental Assessment and Health Promotion

2 Credits

Total:

6 Credits

Fall Year 2 

NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice

3 Credits

NRSG 782: Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement

3 Credits 

NDNP 852: Diagnosis and Management 2: Common Health Conditions, Episodic and Chronic

4 Credits

NDNP 853: Diagnosis and Management 2: Common Health Conditions, Episodic and Chronic Clinical Practicum/Seminar

3 Credits (135 Hours)

Total:

13 Credits

 

Spring Year 2 

NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care

2 Credits

NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum

1 Credit (45 Hours)

NURS 810: Evidence-Based Health Policy

3 Credits

NDNP 811: DNP Project Development

1 Credit

NDNP 894: Diagnosis and Management 3: Acute and Chronic Complex Conditions

4 Credits

NDNP 895: Diagnosis and Management 3: Acute and Chronic Complex Conditions Clinical Practicum/Seminar

3 Credits (135 Hours)

Total:

14 Credits

Summer Year 2 

NURS 834: Translating Evidence to Practice

3 Credits

NDNP 896: Diagnosis and Management 4: Integration of Multiple Health Problems and Complex Clinical Syndromes

2 Credits

NDNP 897: Diagnosis and Management 4: Integration of Multiple Health Problems and Complex Clinical Syndromes: Clinical Practicum/Seminar

2 Credits (90 Hours)

Total:

7 Credits

Fall Year 3 

NDNP 812: DNP Project Implementation

1 Credit (45 Hours)

NDNP 814: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems

3 Credits

NDNP 817: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems Clinical Practicum

2 Credits (90 Hours)

NDNP 898: Diagnosis and Management 5: Professional Practice Immersion: Clinical Practicum/Seminar

4 Credits (180 Hours)

Total:

10 Credits

Spring Year 3 

NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination

1 Credit (45 Hours)

NDNP 899: Diagnosis and Management 6: Integration of Practice and Leadership: Clinical Practicum/Seminar

5 Credits (225 Hours)

ELECTIVE or Necessary Specialty Course

3 Credits

Total:

9 Credits

TOTAL 79 CREDITS (55 Didactic/24 Clinical Credits [1,080 Clinical Hours]) 

 

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (Four-Year) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1 
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health 3 Credits
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
Total: 6 Credits
Spring Year 1
NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
NRSG 782: Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3 Credits
Total: 6 Credits
Summer Year 1
NRSG 785: Professional Writing 1 Credit
NURS 810: Evidence-based Health Policy 3 Credits
Total: 4 Credits
Fall Year 2
NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Across the Life Span 3 Credits
NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span 4 Credits
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 2
NDNP 850: Diagnosis and Management 1: Intro to Diagnostic Reasoning 2 Credits
NDNP 851: Diagnosis and Management 1: Intro to Diagnostic Reasoning 2 Credits (90 Clinical Hours)
NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
Total: 7 Credits
Summer Year 2
NDNP 725: Advanced Pediatric Pathophysiology, Developmental Assessment and Health Promotion 2 Credits
NURS 834: Translating Evidence to Practice 3 Credits
Total: 5 Credits
Fall Year 3
NDNP 852: Diagnosis and Management 2: Common Health Conditions, Episodic and Chronic 4 Credits
NDNP 853: Diagnosis and Management 2: Common Health Conditions, Episodic and Chronic Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 Credits (135 Hours)
NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care 2 Credits
NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum 1 Credit (45 Hours)
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 3
NDNP 811: DNP Project Development 1 Credit
NDNP 894: Diagnosis and Management 3: Acute and Chronic Complex Conditions 4 Credits
NDNP 895: Diagnosis and Management 3: Acute and Chronic Complex Conditions Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 Credits (135 Hours)
Total: 8 Credits
Summer Year 3
NDNP 896: Diagnosis and Management 4: Integration of Multiple Health Problems and Complex Clinical Syndromes 2 Credits
NDNP 897: Diagnosis and Management 4: Integration of Multiple Health Problems and Complex Clinical Syndromes: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 4 Credits
Fall Year 4
NDNP 812: DNP Project Implementation 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 898: Diagnosis and Management 5: Professional Practice Immersion: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 Credits (180 Hours)
NDNP 814: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems 3 Credits
NDNP 817: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems Clinical Practicum 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 4
NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 899: Diagnosis and Management 6: Integration of Practice and Leadership: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 5 Credits (225 Hours)
ELECTIVE or Necessary Specialty Course 3 Credits
Total: 9 Credits
TOTAL 79 CREDITS (55 Didactic/24 Clinical Credits [1,080 Clinical Hours])

 

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (Five-Year) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health 3 Credits
NRSG 782: Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3 Credits
Total: 6 Credits
Spring Year 1
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
NURS 810: Evidence-based Health Policy 3 Credits
NRSG 785: Professional Writing 1 Credit
Total: 7 Credits
Summer Year 1
NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
Total: 3 Credits
Fall Year 2
NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care 2 Credits
NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
Total: 6 Credits
Spring Year 2
NURS 834: Translating Evidence to Practice 3 Credits
ELECTIVE or Necessary Specialty Course 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 5 Credits
Summer Year 2
NDNP 814: Practice Leadership within Complex Addaptive Health Care Systems 3 Credits
NDNP 817: Practice Leadership within Complex Addaptive Health Care Systems Clinincal Practicum 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 5 Credits
Fall Year 3
NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Across the Life Span 3 Credits
NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span 4 Credits
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 3
NDNP 850: Diagnosis and Management 1: Intro to Diagnostic Reasoning 2 Credits
NDNP 851: Diagnosis and Management 1: Intro to Diagnostic Reasoning Clinical 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 4 Credits
Summer Year 3
NDNP 725: Advanced Pediatric Pathophysiology, Developmental Assessment and Health Promotion 2 Credits
Total: 2 Credits
Fall Year 4
NDNP 852: Diagnosis and Management 2: Common Health Conditions, Episodic and Chronic 4 Credits
NDNP 853: Diagnosis and Management 2: Common Health Conditions, Episodic and Chronic Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 Credits (135 Hours)
Total: 7 Credits
Spring Year 4
NDNP 894: Diagnosis and Management 3: Acute and Chronic Complex Conditions 4 Credits
NDNP 895: Diagnosis and Management 3: Acute and Chronic Complex Conditions Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 Credits (135 Hours)
NDNP 811: DNP Project Development 1 Credit
Total: 8 Credits
Summer Year 4
NDNP 896: Diagnosis and Management 4: Integration of Multiple Health Problems and Complex Clinical Syndromes 2 Credits
NDNP 897: Diagnosis and Management 4: Integration of Multiple Health Problems and Complex Clinical Syndromes: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 4 Credits
Fall Year 5
NDNP 812: DNP Project Implementation 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 898: Diagnosis and Management 5: Professional Practice Immersion: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 Credits (180 Hours)
Total: 5 Credits
Spring Year 5
NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 899: Diagnosis and Management 6: Integration of Practice and Leadership: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 5 Credits (225 Hours)
Total: 6 Credits
TOTAL 79 CREDITS (55 Didactic/24 Clinical Credits [1,080 Clinical Hours]) 

Plans of Study Fall '16 & Beyond

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (Three-Year) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1
NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 Credits 
NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Across the Life Span 3 Credits 
NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span 4 Credits
NRSG 785: Professional Writing 1 Credit
Total: 11 Credits 
Spring Year 1 
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3 Credits
NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits 
NDNP 850: Diagnosis and Management 1: Introduction to Diagnostic Reasoning 2 Credits 
NDNP 851: Diagnosis and Management 1: Introduction to Diagnostic Reasoning Clinical 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 10 Credits
Summer Year 1 
NRSG 780: Population Health and Promotion 3 Credits
NDNP 725: Advanced Pediatric Pathophysiology, Developmental Assessment and Health Promotion 2 Credits
NURS 810: Evidence-Based Health Policy 3 Credits
Total: 8 Credits
Fall Year 2 
NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
NRSG 782: Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3 Credits 
NDNP 852: Diagnosis and Management 2: Common Health Conditions, Episodic and Chronic 4 Credits
NDNP 853: Diagnosis and Management 2: Common Health Conditions, Episodic and Chronic Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 Credits (135 Hours)
Total: 13 Credits
Spring Year 2 
NDNP 810: DNP Project Identification 1 Credit
NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care 2 Credits
NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 894: Diagnosis and Management 3: Acute and Chronic Complex Conditions 4 Credits
NDNP 895: Diagnosis and Management 3: Acute and Chronic Complex Conditions Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 Credits (135 Hours)
Total: 11 Credits
Summer Year 2 
NDNP 811: DNP Project Development 1 Credit
NURS 834: Translating Evidence to Practice 3 Credits
NDNP 896: Diagnosis and Management 4: Integration of Multiple Health Problems and Complex Clinical Syndromes 2 Credits
NDNP 897: Diagnosis and Management 4: Integration of Multiple Health Problems and Complex Clinical Syndromes: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 8 Credits
Fall Year 3 
NDNP 812: DNP Project Implementation 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 814: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems 3 Credits
NDNP 817: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems Clinical Practicum 2 Credits (90 Hours)
NDNP 898: Diagnosis and Management 5: Professional Practice Immersion: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 Credits (180 Hours)
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 3 
NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 899: Diagnosis and Management 6: Integration of Practice and Leadership: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 5 Credits (225 Hours)
ELECTIVE or Necessary Specialty Course 3 Credits
Total: 9 Credits
TOTAL 80 CREDITS (56 Didactic/24 Clinical Credits [1,080 Clinical Hours])

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (Four-Year) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health 3 Credits 
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits 
NRSG 785: Professional Writing 1 Credit
Total: 7 Credits 
Spring Year 1 
NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits 
NRSG 782: Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3 Credits 
Total: 6 Credits
Summer Year 1 
NURS 810: Evidence-based Health Policy 3 Credits
Total: 3 Credits
Fall Year 2 
NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Across the Life Span 3 Credits 
NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span 4 Credits
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 2 
NDNP 850: Diagnosis and Management 1: Intro to Diagnostic Reasoning 2 Credits
NDNP 851: Diagnosis and Management 1: Intro to Diagnostic Reasoning Clinical 2 Credits (90 Hours)
NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
Total: 7 Credits
Summer Year 2 
NDNP 725: Advanced Pediatric Pathophysiology, Developmental Assessment and Health Promotion 2 Credits 
NURS 834: Translating Evidence to Practice 3 Credits
Total: 5 Credits
Fall Year 3 
NDNP 852: Diagnosis and Management 2: Common Health Conditions, Episodic and Chronic 4 Credits 
NDNP 853: Diagnosis and Management 2: Common Health Conditions, Episodic and Chronic Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 Credits (135 Hours)
NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care 2 Credits
NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum 1 Credit (45 Hours)
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 3 
NDNP 810: DNP Project Identification 1 Credit
NDNP 894: Diagnosis and Management 3: Acute and Chronic Complex Conditions 4 Credits 
NDNP 895: Diagnosis and Management 3: Acute and Chronic Complex Conditions Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 Credits (135 Hours)
Total: 8 Credits
Summer Year 3
NDNP 811: DNP Project Development 1 Credit
NDNP 896: Diagnosis and Management 4: Integration of Multiple Health Problems and Complex Clinical Syndromes 2 Credits
NDNP 897: Diagnosis and Management 4: Integration of Multiple Health Problems and Complex Clinical Syndromes: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 5 Credits
Fall Year 4
NDNP 812: DNP Project Implementation 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 898: Diagnosis and Management 5: Professional Practice Immersion: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 Credits (180 Hours)
NDNP 814: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems 3 Credits
NDNP 817: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems Clinical Practicum 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 4
NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 899: Diagnosis and Management 6: Integration of Practice and Leadership: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 5 Credits (225 Hours)
ELECTIVE or Necessary Specialty Course 3 Credits
Total: 9 Credits
TOTAL 80 CREDITS (56 Didactic/24 Clinical Credits [1,080 Clinical Hours])

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (Five-Year) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health 3 Credits 
NRSG 782: Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3 Credits 
NRSG 785: Professional Writing 1 Credit
Total: 7 Credits 
Spring Year 1 
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
NURS 810: Evidence-based Health Policy 3 Credits 
Total: 6 Credits
Summer Year 1 
NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits 
Total: 3 Credits
Fall Year 2 
NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care 2 Credits
NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
Total: 6 Credits
Spring Year 2 
NURS 834: Translating Evidence to Practice 3 Credits
ELECTIVE or Necessary Specialty Course 3 Credits
Total: 6 Credits
Summer Year 2 
NDNP 814: Practice Leadership within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems 3 Credits 
NDNP 817: Practice Leadership within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems Clinical Practicum 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 5 Credits
Fall Year 3 
NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 Credits 
NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Across the Life Span 3 Credits
NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span 4 Credits
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 3 
NDNP 850: Diagnosis and Management 1: Intro to Diagnostic Reasoning 2 Credits 
NDNP 851: Diagnosis and Management 1: Intro to Diagnostic Reasoning Clinical 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 4 Credits
Summer Year 3
NDNP 725: Advanced Pediatric Pathophysiology, Developmental Assessment and Health Promotion 2 Credits
Total: 2 Credits
Fall Year 4
NDNP 852: Diagnosis and Management 2: Common Health Conditions, Episodic and Chronic 4 Credits
NDNP 853: Diagnosis and Management 2: Common Health Conditions, Episodic and Chronic Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 Credits (135 Hours)
Total: 7 Credits
Spring Year 4
NDNP 810: DNP Project Identification 1 Credit
NDNP 894: Diagnosis and Management 3: Acute and Chronic Complex Conditions 4 Credits
NDNP 895: Diagnosis and Management 3: Acute and Chronic Complex Conditions Clinical Practicum/Seminar 3 Credits (135 Hours)
Total: 8 Credits
Summer Year 4
NDNP 811: DNP Project Development 1 Credit
NDNP 896: Diagnosis and Management 4: Integration of Multiple Health Problems and Complex Clinical Syndromes 2 Credits
NDNP 897: Diagnosis and Management 4: Integration of Multiple Health Problems and Complex Clinical Syndromes: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total: 5 Credits
Fall Year 5
NDNP 812: DNP Project Implementation 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 898: Diagnosis and Management 5: Professional Practice Immersion: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 4 Credits (180 Hours)
Total: 5 Credits
Spring Year 5
NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 899: Diagnosis and Management 6: Integration of Practice and Leadership: Clinical Practicum/Seminar 5 Credits (225 Hours)
Total: 6 Credits
TOTAL 80 CREDITS (56 Didactic/24 Clinical Credits [1,080 Clinical Hours])

Faculty

Specialty Director:

Jan Wilson, DNP, CRNP, NNP-BC, assistant professor

Neonatal Trained and Certified Faculty Members:

Jan Wilson, DNP, CRNP, NNP-BC, assistant professor
Dawn Mueller-Burke, PhD, CRNP, NNP-BC, assistant professor
Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP-Neonatal, assistant professor

Pediatric Trained and Certified Faculty Members:

Catherine Haut, DNP, CRNP-AC, CPNP-PC, CCRN, assistant professor
Blanche Brown, DNP, RN, PNP, clinical instructor
Valerie Rogers, PhD, RN, CPNP, assistant professor
Ann Felauer, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, clinical instructor
Linda Murray, MS, CPNP, clinical instructor
Michele Michael, PhD, CRNP, assistant professor

Other Pediatric Faculty Members:

Kathleen Buckley, PhD, RN, IBCLC, associate professor

FAQs

Click here for general FAQs regarding the DNP.

How long does it take to complete the specialty?

Students can choose from several options for completing their studies. Click the Sample Plans of Study tab to view each of the different options.

What type of nursing experience should applicants have?

Applicants should have at least one year of experience in a neonatal intensive care nursery. Acute or critical care pediatric in-patient unit experience may be considered. 

How much hands-on clinical time will need to be completed?

The minimum number of practicum hours required for the DNP degree is 1,000 hours. For University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) graduates to be eligible for their respective board certification exams, they must complete the DNP degree. Refer to the plans of study for the number of clinical hours required each semester.

Do students have to find their own preceptor or clinical site? Can they do their clinical rotations where they work?

Students are not required to find their own preceptor or clinical site. The UMSON faculty is committed to assigning students to clinical sites that are appropriate for course and program objectives. We are fortunate to have contacts with many nurse practitioner alumni and other providers who serve as preceptors. UMSON has clinical contracts with agencies in a variety of settings across the state of Maryland and Washington, D.C. Students with a particular clinical site/preceptor of interest may forward the contact information to the course faculty member so the faculty member can determine whether the site is appropriate to meet the course objectives. Faculty members must approve any student-suggested site. Our students also have opportunities for clinical sites in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia. Students should not complete their clinical rotations in the specific environments where they are employed due to a potential conflict of interest. Final approval of clinical site placement is at the faculty member’s discretion.

Where can graduates work? What is the job market like for graduates of this specialty?

Neonatal nurse practitioners are hired by level II, III, and IV neonatal intensive care units across the nation to provide direct patient care. They also are hired to practice in newborn nurseries, developmental and subspecialty follow-up clinics, and primary care practices that care for patients from birth to the age of two.

Is there anything else I can do to strengthen my application?

Many variables are taken into consideration when reviewing a student’s application for admission. A strong foundation in courses such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment is one key to success. Writing and grammar skills are also critically important for graduate-level education. Taking a writing course, particularly a technical writing course, may be of assistance. You may take these courses at a university of your preference. In addition, an applicant’s involvement in professional and organizational activities, as well as other scholarly activities, is evidence of leadership capabilities and interests. Current clinical experience is ideal and completion of certification in your specialty area is strongly recommended. We highly recommend that you spend several hours shadowing an advanced practice nurse in the specialty you wish to pursue.

How can I get additional information?

For more information regarding admissions to this specialty, please contact the UMSON Admissions Office at: 410-706-0501, option #2 or admissions@son.umaryland.edu.