Prepare for the In-Demand and Highly Rewarding Field of Neonatal Nursing

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If you have a Master of Science in Nursing degree and want to become a neonatal nurse practitioner without earning a second master's degree, our on campus Post-Master’s Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner is the solution for you.
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Post-Master in Nursing Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Degree Overview

Loretto Heights School of Nursing’s on-campus graduate certificate options are designed for nurses who have a Master of Science in Nursing and want to expand upon their knowledge and skills without earning a second master's degree.

The Post-Master’s Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner is an ideal solution if you already have an MS in Nursing degree or its equivalent and want to become a neonatal nurse practitioner. The curriculum focuses on assessment, management and evaluation of the health care needs of neonates and infants working within the dynamics of the family environment and in collaboration with neonatologists and other health care providers. The curriculum is designed to develop critical thinking ability, creativity, cost awareness, case management skill, and clinical expertise in competencies identified by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), and National Task Force (NTF), American Nurses Association (ANA), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the Consensus Model Advanced Practice Nurse Regulation documents. Clinical experiences are offered in a variety of level III (high risk) neonatal intensive care units.

Completion of this specialization will make you eligible to sit for the National Certification Corporation (NCC) Examination upon graduation.

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Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for the Post-Masters in Nursing Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at Regis University. The total certificate requires 19-31 semester hours.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Certificate Courses
NR 605 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 semester hours)
NR 607 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 651 Professional Integration 
NR 652 Health Assessment for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (4 semester hours)
NR 653 Genetics and Embryology for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (3 semester hours)
NR 654 Advanced Practice Procedures for the High Risk Infant (2 semester hours)
NR 656 Management of the High Risk Newborn (5 semester hours)
NR 657 Clinical Integration for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (5 semester hour)
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation, Master of Science (0 semester hours)

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science degree in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information regarding gainful employment for the current academic year for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certificate program.

How to Apply

POST-MASTER'S CERTIFICATE, NEONATAL NURSE PRACTITIONER SPECIALIZATION

  • A master's degree in nursing from an NLN or AACN-CCNE accredited program, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate applicants must show evidence of two years recent experience in a Level III or IV high risk neonatal intensive care unit and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification.
ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATES
  • An active, unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state in which your clinical/practicum experience will be completed.
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Health Care Providers.
  • Eligibility for this program is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here.
  • A complete health history and physical examination record indicating that the student is physically able to meet the objectives of the program, and is appropriately immunized is required after admission to the program.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet either of the following language proficiency requirements:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening), Computer-based: Minimum score of 213. Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.
    • Applicants that have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited US institution do not need to provide a TOEFL score.

All applicants must apply through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). Review the NursingCAS site and the information below for details on how to apply. All application materials are sent to NursingCAS directly. Your application must be submitted to NursingCAS by the deadline date.

It is in the applicant’s best interest to initiate the application no less than a month prior to the application deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to plan ahead to ensure that all parts of the application arrive by the specified deadline and to monitor their application status to ensure that all parts of the application arrive on time (transcripts and letters of recommendation, along with all other components of the application).

Application Opens: January 1, 2017
Application Deadline: June 15, 2017
Program Start Date: August 30, 2017

  1. Submit the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) application online at www.nursingcas.org.  Select the 'Hybrid' option in the first drop down menu.  Applicants to the Post-Master's Certificate complete the NNP application.  
  2. Submit three recommendation forms directly through NursingCAS. Select professional and/or academic references that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential. One recommendation must be from your current employer or supervisor. The recommendation forms provided must be used. 
  3. Submit (upload) a one-page typewritten statement (double-spaced) that addresses the essay question per the NursingCAS application instructions.
  4. Submit (upload) a current resume noting professional and volunteer experiences and relevant healthcare certifications.
  5. Request official university and/or college transcripts to be sent directly to NursingCAS. Official transcripts should not to be sent directly to Regis University. Arrange for NursingCAS to receive a separate official transcript from each regionally accredited U.S. university and/or college you attended. NursingCAS will not verify your application until all official transcripts and other required materials are received. See NursingCAS for Transcript Request Forms. 
  6. A personal interview may be required.

Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.

RANKING

  • The NNP program has a competitive admissions process where students are selected based on a number of factors, including cumulative GPA, current resume, three recommendation forms, work experience, and the personal statement. A personal interview may be required.