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. 


Core Courses
NURS 6080Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Nursing Practice1
NURS 6850Advanced Developmental Physiology and Pathophysiology1
NURS 5470Scientific Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice 11
or NURS 6370 Introduction to Research Methods and Design
Theory Courses
NURS 5090The Child with Special Healthcare Needs1
NURS 7310High-Risk Neonate, Theory1
NURS 7760High Risk Neonate Theory II1
Clinical Courses
NURS 7210Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span and Clinical Decision Making: Nursing of Children1
NURS 7330Clinical Practicum for the High Risk Neonate1
NURS 7400Advanced Practice Concepts for the Childbearing Family1
NURS 7770High Risk Neonatal Clinical II1
NURS 7780High Risk Neonatal Clinical III1
Elective Courses
Select 1 NURS elective1
Total Course Units12

NURS 5470 is a graduate-level research methods course approved for Penn BSN students only.

Post-Graduate APRN Certification

Penn's MSN programs include a Post-Graduate APRN 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-Graduate APRN 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 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.