DNP: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Make a big difference in the lives of the smallest patients and their families.

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Earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in our Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty — one of very few DNP options in the country — to enter a high-demand, specialized field.

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Gain the skills you need to save lives and boost your nursing career.

Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) are primary care and acute care providers that make a difference every day in the lives of preterm and full-term infants, neonates, and children up to age 2. Take classes in pharmacology, pathophysiology, and neonatal-specific diagnoses and management, and learn from expert faculty. Prepare for a role that integrates practice, management, education, and research in Level II, III, and IV neonatal intensive care units, as well as in newborn nurseries, developmental and subspecialty follow-up clinics, and primary care practices. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.

UMSON's DNP program is top-ranked nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

The Program Is…

Focused on Clinical Expertise

Students are placed at a wide variety of Level III and Level IV NICU clinical sites, including at standalone children's hospitals, with an emphasis on delivery experiences.


Boost your earnings while making a difference. DNP-prepared NNPs make an average of $7,000/year more than the average NNP salary.*

*according to the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners’ 2020 Workforce Survey

Within Reach

Enter the program without previous neonatal nursing experience if you’re employed in a NICU at the time of application and acceptance.

Portrait of Sarah Gallo, DNP ’19

I wanted to be proud of the institution behind my degree. At UMSON, the environment for specialty courses is very intimate, and I received invaluable individualized support from multidisciplinary clinical experts. The faculty lectures beyond the science curriculum into the realm of what it really means to provide the best care to the smallest patients. The placements at premier clinical sites and clinical simulation experiences were instrumental to my enjoyment and successful progression through the program.

Sarah Gallo, DNP ’19