Why ODU for Neonatal Nursing?

This Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program will train you to provide focused health care to preterm (<37 weeks) and term neonates, infants, and children up to 2 years of age. You'll learn how to care for neonatal patients at all levels in academic and community settings, transport, acute care, chronic care, delivery rooms, and 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, one of the largest in the U.S. You will be required travel to ODU's School of Nursing in Virginia Beach for scheduled training and/or testing in these facilities at certain points in the program. You also will participate in a practicum providing direct patient care in a newborn nursery, or in a level II, III, or IV NICU.

Instructors in this program are all ODU faculty. They are involved in healthcare nationally, and have both the practical and research experience to prepare you for this demanding yet rewarding career. Also, ODU's School of Nursing maintains a strong relationship with The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, the only freestanding, full-service, not-for-profit children’s hospital in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

ODU's NNP curriculum is designed to guide you on a continuous path from BS/BSN to MSN to DNP. You can earn this Neonatal Nurse Practitioner MSN and continue your studies in ODU's Advanced Practice Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. Traineeship grants may be available to assist with tuition, dependent on grant funding.

ODU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

* Note: This program is not available in the state of Washington.

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Required Courses

  • 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.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$547 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2019 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

In addition to meeting general ODU admission requirements, applicants for the MSN program must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a NLNAC OR CCNE accredited program (preferred) or a bachelor's degree in a related field. 
  • A minimum of one year of full time neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nursing experience within the two years prior to application (two years NICU experience preferred).
  • A current license as a registered nurse.
  • If GPA is below 3.5, then satisfactory achievement on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken in the past five years.

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.