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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

UIndy’s Master of Science in Nursing-Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program, a collaboration with Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, is the first and only program of its kind in the state and helps meet a growing need to provide intensive care for newborns, especially in communities that don’t have enough neonatal physicians to meet the demand. The program is designed for working nurses, and instructors include active pediatricians and nurse practitioners. The hands-on clinical training and observation take place at Wishard Hospital, IU Health University Hospital and Riley’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the largest such unit in the state, and one of the top-ranked NICUs in the nation, staffed by leading physicians in the field.

Program length

The NNP program is 46 credit hours, with 690 clinical hours. By taking two classes per term, you can complete this part-time program in three years, including summer classes, though you have up to six years to complete the degree. Part-time employment during school is possible, but must be flexible to provide time for clinical hours once the clinical sequence begins.


The NNP program is offered in cohorts. Core courses are available in an all-online or online/in-class hybrid format. Clinical courses are primarily traditional face-to-face classes, with some online components.


The curriculum includes 15 classes, clinicals and completion of a scholarly project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Each student has an assigned advisor who is a seasoned NNP with both clinical and academic credentials. Clinical rotations can be arranged in the locality where the student lives and include an experienced preceptor to guide you in developing the skills and knowledge needed in this specialized field. All clinical work is focused on applying what you learn in class, including pharmacology and physiology courses specific to the neonatal population, to clinical practice.

To see specific courses in this program, view the NNP degree plan. Complete course descriptions are available in the MSN Graduate Course Catalog. The educational standards and curriculum guidelines for the NNP track adhere to the standards set by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.


When can I start?

New cohorts begin every other fall. The next cohort begins in 2016.

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