Why ODU for Neonatal Nursing?
This Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) online program will train you to provide focused health care to preterm babies, infants, and children up to 2 years old. You'll learn how to care for neonatal patients in transport, acute care, chronic care, delivery rooms, and practice in outpatient settings.
ODU is proud to have a simulation lab set up as a birthing room that includes a birthing mother, preterm infant and a term infant. We also collaborate with Eastern Virginia Medical School's Standardized Patient Program. It's one of the largest in the U.S. with specialized actors who provide safe practicum experiences to learn and refine clinical nursing skills. Students will also complete a clinical practicum in a newborn nursery, or in a level II, III, or IV NICU.
Students must travel to ODU's School of Nursing in Virginia Beach for scheduled training and/or testing at certain points in the online NNP program.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Old Dominion University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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Instructors in this online NNP program are all ODU faculty. They are involved in healthcare nationally. ODU's School of Nursing also maintains a strong relationship with The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk. CHKD is the only freestanding, full-service, not-for-profit children’s hospital in Virginia. Your professors will have both the practical and research experience to prepare you for this demanding yet rewarding neonatal nursing career.
ODU's neonatal NNP curriculum is designed to support students through their nursing education on a continuous path from BS/BSN to MSN to DNP. You can earn this Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) MSN and continue your studies in ODU's Advanced Practice Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
Traineeship grants may be available to assist with tuition, dependent on grant funding.
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- 50 credit hours
- Clinical practicum at a physical location
- Hands-on training in Virginia Beach
In certain courses, you will be required to travel to ODU's School of Nursing in Virginia Beach (usually once in the semester) for training or testing. The final, demonstrated comprehensive exam must also be completed in Virginia Beach.
Contact us to determine if you have credits that will transfer.
Online Learning Environment
Access course materials online from any location. Some courses have live, online meetings (usually on Thursday mornings), while some courses do not. Instructors also may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.
Practicum experiences are facilitated in a variety of locations and are negotiated on an individual basis.
In certain courses, you will be required to travel to ODU's Virginia Beach campus (usually once in the semester) for training and/or testing with standardized patients or simulation instruction. The final, demonstrated comprehensive exam also must be completed in Virginia Beach.
Careers in Neonatal Nursing
Jobs for NNPs are generally hospital-based, in both academic and community-based settings, and may involve opportunities to participate in ambulance and air transport of neonates, delivery room care, and outpatient follow-up of NICU graduates.
Keep in mind that nursing board requirements may vary by state.
Use the links here to see if we have determined whether this program will prepare you for certification or licensure in your state.
We encourage you to check your state's professional nursing requirements before applying to ODU.
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How to Apply
In addition to meeting general ODU graduate admission requirements, you should have:
- A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a NLNAC OR CCNE accredited program (preferred) or a bachelor's degree in a related field.
- At least one year of full time NICU nursing experience within the two years prior to application (two years NICU experience preferred).
- A current license as a registered nurse.