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Play a Critical Role in Providing Health Care to High-Risk Infants with a Master’s Degree in Nursing

Neonatal specialists are in demand playing a critical role in providing care to the growing high-risk infant population. Our neonatal nurse practitioner program provides unparalleled training for BSN prepared nurses with NICU experience. Continue to work while pursuing one of the professions most rewarding specializations.

M.S. in Nursing: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Degree Overview

For those who possess a BSN and at least two years as a nurse in an intensive care nursery, Regis University offers the Master of Science in Nursing with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) emphasis. This highly specialized field is increasingly in need of qualified professionals, ready to give their knowledge and care to families and their newest additions.

This campus-based NNP program combines advanced knowledge in nursing theory, health care policy, ethics and leadership related to the role of the advanced practice nurse with intensive courses reflecting the unique learning needs of the NNP- including clinical management of the high-risk newborn as well as diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The nurse practitioner program is completed in two years and courses are taught one day a week to maximize your time and allow you to work. Clinical experiences are offered in a variety of Level III (high risk) neonatal intensive care units. Students in our graduate nursing program complete a minimum of 630 hours of experience in addition to coursework while guided by experts in the field of high-risk newborns.

If your goals as a nurse don't stop with the basics, come and explore the rewards and challenges of a career as a neonatal nurse practitioner.

Degree:  Graduates are awarded the Master of Science in Nursing with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialization and are eligible to take the National Certification Corporation (NCC) examination.

Length of Program: The program is completed in 2 years (5 semesters, beginning in the fall and ending in the summer).

Excellence Recognized

Loretto Heights School of Nursing was recognized by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) for "creating an environment that fosters superior leadership skills in neonatal nursing practice."

Many students have been published in national neonatal journals, and many of our faculty are national recognized as well. 

Pamela Heaberlin, Regis University NNP Program affiliate faculty, received the NNP Excellence in Practice Award. Pam was also elected to the NANN Board of Directors and will begin her term in January. Pam teaches Pathophysiology to Regis University NNPs and also serves as clinical faculty for Regis University.

Susan Meier, Regis University NNP Program affiliate faculty, has served on the NANNP Board of Directors — the NANN organization for NNPs.

Carol Wallman, Regis University DNP student, and affiliate faculty in the NNP program, was awarded the NANN 2013 Clinical Abstract of the Year award. She presented an abstract to NANN on the competency program, skills day, and simulation that she developed for the neonatal nurse practitioners at Children’s hospital. Linda McCarney and Wendy Barrett, both Regis NNP grads, are the second and third authors on the abstract.

Regis University NNP students have been selected to present case studies at the Neonatal Advanced Practice Forum in Washington, D.C. in recent years.

Cathy Witt, coordinator of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program, received the NANN 2012 Leadership Award. This award recognizes superior leadership skills and consistent excellence in practice. She was honored for her work as editor of the NANN Journal and her leadership at Regis. Cathy is also a past president of NANN and NCC.


Listed below are the required courses for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science (MS) in Nursing program at Regis University. The total degree requires 43 semester hours.

MT 270 Introduction to Statistics (or MT 274) (3 semester hours)
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Core Courses
NR 600 Advanced Nursing Practice: Leadership and Theoretical Frameworks (3 semester hours)
NR 602 Advanced Application of Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 semester hours)
HCE 604 Ethics for Nurse Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 605 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 semester hours)
NR 607 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 608 Health Care Policy and Issues in Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 651 Professional Integration (3 semester hours)
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation, Master of Science (0 semester hours)
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Emphasis Courses
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)

A thesis option is available. Students electing the thesis option complete an additional six semester hours (49 semester hours total) for this degree.

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.


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).

May 2016-April 2017

Tuition (per semester hour) $750
University Fees
Application Fee $50
Lab Fee (one time only) $300
Procedures Lab Fee (one time only) $500
Graduation Application Fee $50
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Additional costs may be incurred based on individual and program specific needs. Some costs are controlled by external vendors and are subject to change without notice. A complete list of all program specific requirements is provided to admitted students prior to the start date. The following list gives you an estimate of additional expenses but may not be inclusive of all needs. Students may need uniforms, and/or lab equipment. Costs may be incurred for travel to practicums/clinicals or service learning. Expenses for books will be incurred, as well as potential costs for required technology not already owned. All campus-based nursing students are required to have a laptop for access to web-based content during class. Please click here for hardware and software requirements.

Other anticipated costs  Estimated Cost
Complio®/Compliance Tracking Annual Fee
Background Check and Drug Screen $69
Basic Life Support Certification Varies
Vaccinations Varies
Physical Exam Varies
Proof of Health Insurance
TYPHON (software tracking system) (one time only) $80

*Students who elect the University-sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University-sponsored plan.

Tuition and fees are subject to change.


What is the application deadline?
The priority application deadline is March 1, 2017 for the August 2017 program. You must submit all application materials by this deadline to be considered for admission. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed as they are completed. The NNP program starts every-other-year, on odd years.

What are the prerequisites for the program?
You must meet the admissions requirements which include a current unencumbered RN license, a BSN from a regionally accredited institution, and a cumulative GPA above 2.75 and 2 years of level 3 NICU experience. You must also submit all application materials before the deadline.

How long does it take to complete the program?
Students take approximately 2 years to complete the coursework

When do the classes meet?
Courses meet one day per week from 8-5.

When do I attend clinicals?
The clinical component of the NNP program begins in the second semester. Clinical schedules are arranged by the individual student in collaboration with the Clinical Support Unit and are variable throughout the week. Student flexibility is essential in meeting clinical requirements.

Is the program offered online?
No. The NNP program is offered only on our main campus in Denver, Colorado.

How much does the program cost?
Based on the current tuition rates, the entire program would cost approximately $31,000.

Are students required to have laptops for the NNP program?
We recommend all students have either a laptop or desktop computer access. 

Expected technical specifications for the laptop include the following:


  • Recommended screen size: 13 inches or greater
  • Required Wi-fi compatible
  • Required Operating system: Windows: XP or higher, Mac: OS X 1o.5.8 or higher
  • Required memory: minimum 1GB
  • Required hard disk space: minimum 60GB
  • Required battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher
  • Recommended backup battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher

  • MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint (recommend MS Office)
  • Browser: most recent version of IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Adobe Reader, Flash, APA template
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