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Why ODU for Neonatal Nursing?

This Neonatal Nurse Practitioner 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 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 skills. You will also complete a clinical practicum in a newborn nursery, or in a level II, III, or IV NICU.

You must travel to ODU's School of Nursing in Virginia Beach for scheduled training and/or testing at certain points in the program.

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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Expert Faculty

Instructors in this 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 career.

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.

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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 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.
  • For GPAs below 3.5, satisfactory achievement on the MAT or GRE taken in the past five years.

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.