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.