Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, MSN

We prepare you to care for newborn infants who arrive with a variety of medical needs such as prematurity, birth defects, substance abuse problems, infections, and a variety of chronic conditions. While technically the neonatal period describes the first month after birth, often times these babies will be sick for much longer, requiring lengthy stretches of care to address the challenges laid upon them at delivery. You’ll learn to care for infants until discharge and beyond, working with family and support groups to ensure the best quality of life for your patients and families.

We also collaborate with faculty and students in other pediatric graduate programs, increasing the breadth of your exposure to the field and providing you experiences available nowhere else. 


A total of 12 course units are required.

Core Courses
NURS 608Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Nursing Practice1
NURS 685Advanced Developmental Physiology and Pathophysiology1
NURS 547Scientific Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice1
or NURS 637 Introduction to Research Methods and Design
Theory Courses
NURS 509The Child with Special Healthcare Needs1
NURS 731High-Risk Neonate, Theory1
NURS 776High Risk Neonate Theory II1
Clinical Courses
NURS 721Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making: Nursing of Children Clinical I1
NURS 733Clinical Practicum for the High Risk Neonate1
NURS 740Advanced Practice Concepts for the Childbearing Family1
NURS 777High Risk Neonatal Clinical II1
NURS 778High Risk Neonatal Clinical III1
Elective Courses
Select 1 NURS elective1
Total Course Units12

 Plans of study are available for both full-time and part-time students.

Post-Masters Certification

Penn's MSN programs include a Post-Master’s Certificate option. These programs can be pursued at any time post-degree. Current Master's students are also welcome to add complementary minors to their studies:

The Post-Master's Certificate curriculum is determined after a gap analysis is made by the Program Director. Prospective students should reach out to the Admissions Office for more information about post-masters and certificate options and to request a review of the student's previous MSN transcript.  The length of each program depends on the course units required and course offerings per semester. For more information:

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.