Why ODU for advanced neonatal care education?

This program is designed to educate licensed physician assistants with sponsored physician support for a role in neonatal care. Our didactic content complements on-the-job clinical training in critical care management of the sick and premature infant.

You will take critical neonatal care content classes online with neonatal nurse practitioner students, providing a unique opportunity for interprofessional education. These advanced neonatal care courses include neonate physiology and pharmacology, and health management for high-risk neonates, such as those with very low birth weight or conditions that require surgery.

One course requires an on-campus visit in Virginia Beach, Va. for neonatal care skills verification and telehealth training.

This academic certificate can be completed in three semesters.

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

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Required Courses

  • 14 credit hours (five courses)

The five courses in this certificate can be completed in three semesters (about one calendar year).

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Some courses have live, online meetings, while some courses do not. Instructors also may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

One course requires a visit to ODU's Virginia Beach campus for skills verification and telehealth training.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$551 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2021 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

Licensure Disclosure

You must already be a licensed physician assistant in order to apply to this program.

The courses in this academic certificate are not intended to lead to additional licensure or professional certification.

If you plan to pursue a professional license or credential, we encourage you to explore requirements through the appropriate credentialing agency or professional organization in your state.

Have questions? Please contact us through the form above to be contacted by an enrollment coach.

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How to Apply

In order to apply, you must:

  • Work or be hired at a neonatal practice that will provide a sponsoring physician to guide your clinical training while you complete the online courses in this program.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation, including one from your sponsoring physician.
  • Provide transcripts from a Physician Assistant program.
  • Provide documentation of Physician Assistant certification and other relevant licenses/certifications.
  • Submit a supplemental application to the School of Nursing. Admission to ODU as a nondegree-seeking student does not guarantee admission to this certificate program.

For complete details, please visit ODU's Graduate Catalog.

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.