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Play a Critical Role in Providing Health Care to High-Risk Infants with a Master’s Degree in Nursing

Neonatal specialists are in demand playing a critical role in providing care to the growing high-risk infant population. Our neonatal nurse practitioner program provides unparalleled training for BSN prepared nurses with NICU experience. Continue to work while pursuing one of the professions most rewarding specializations.
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M.S. in Nursing: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Degree Overview

For those who possess a BSN and have an interest in caring for high-risk newborn infants, Regis University offers the Master of Science in Nursing with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) emphasis. This highly specialized field is increasingly in need of qualified professionals, ready to give their knowledge and care to families and their newest additions.

This campus-based NNP program combines advanced knowledge in nursing theory, health care policy, ethics and leadership related to the role of the advanced practice nurse with intensive courses reflecting the unique learning needs of the NNP- including clinical management of the high-risk newborn as well as diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The nurse practitioner program is completed in two years and courses are taught one day a week to maximize your time and allow you to work. Clinical experiences are offered in a variety of Level III (high risk) neonatal intensive care units. Students in our graduate nursing program complete a minimum of 630 hours of experience in addition to coursework while guided by experts in the field of high-risk newborns.

If your goals as a nurse don't stop with the basics, come and explore the rewards and challenges of a career as a neonatal nurse practitioner.

Degree:  Graduates are awarded the Master of Science in Nursing with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialization and are eligible to take the National Certification Corporation (NCC) examination.

Length of Program: The program is completed in 2 years.

Excellence Recognized

Loretto Heights School of Nursing was recognized by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) for "creating an environment that fosters superior leadership skills in neonatal nursing practice."

Pamela Heaberlin, Regis University NNP Program affiliate faculty was chosen to receive the NANN 2013 NNP Excellence in Practice Award. She will receive this award at the NANN national meeting in October. Pam was also elected to the NANN Board of Directors and will begin her term in January. Pam teaches Pathophysiology to Regis University NNPs and also serves as clinical faculty for Regis University.

Susan Meier, Regis University NNP Program affiliate faculty was re-elected to the NANNP Board of Directors — the NANN organization for NNPs.

Carol Wallman, Regis University DNP student, and affiliate faculty in the NNP program, is being awarded the NANN 2013 Clinical Abstract of the Year award. She submitted an abstract to NANN for the upcoming fall meeting on the competency program, skills day, and simulation that she developed for the neonatal nurse practitioners at Children’s hospital. Linda McCarney and Wendy Barrett, both Regis NNP grads, are the second and third authors on the abstract.

Regis University NNP students have been selected to present case studies at the Neonatal Advanced Practice Forum in Washington DC in June 2013: Kathyrn Latzky, Erin Hauser-Roe, Amanda Mascio and Jennifer Oney. Congratulations!

Cathy Witt, coordinator of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program, received the NANN 2012 Leadership Award. This award recognizes superior leadership skills and consistent excellence in practice, and was presented to Cathy at the NANN National Meeting in Palm Springs in October 2012. She was honored for her work as editor of the NANN Journal and her leadership at Regis. Cathy is also a past board member, and past president of NANN.


Listed below are the required courses for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science (MS) in Nursing program at Regis University. The total degree requires 43 semester hours.

MT 270 Introduction to Statistics (or MT 274) (3 semester hours)
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Core Courses
NR 600 Advanced Nursing Practice: Leadership and Theoretical Frameworks (3 semester hours)
NR 602 Advanced Application of Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 semester hours)
HCE 604 Ethics for Nurse Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 605 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 semester hours)
NR 607 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 608 Health Care Policy and Issues in Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation, Master of Science (0 semester hours)
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Emphasis Courses
NR 651 Professional Integration (3 semester hours)
NR 652 Health Assessment for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (4 semester hours)
NR 653 Genetics and Embryology for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (3 semester hours)
NR 654 Advanced Practice Procedures for the High Risk Infant (2 semester hours)
NR 656 Management of the High Risk Newborn (5 semester hours)
NR 657 Clinical Integration for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (5 semester hour)

A thesis option is available. Students electing the thesis option complete an additional six semester hours (49 semester hours total) for this degree.

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.


Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org
Commission Phone: 312-263-0456

The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing leadership and nurse practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice and/or post-graduate APRN certificate at Regis University-Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

May 2014-April 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $695
Other Fees
Application Fee $75
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Summer (May 5, 2014-August 21, 2014)
   Fall Rate (August 22, 2014-December, 31 2014)
   Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

Lab Fee (one time only) $300
Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $105
Graduation Application Fee $50

*Students who elect the University sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University sponsored plan.

All campus based nursing students are required to have a laptop for access to web based content during class. This includes all NNP students. Please see FAQs for hardware and software requirements.


What is the application deadline?
The priority application deadline is March 1, 2015 for the August 2015 NNP program. You must submit all application materials by this deadline to be considered for admission. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed as they are completed. The NNP program starts every-other-year, on odd years.

What are the prerequisites for the program?
You must meet the admissions requirements which include a current unencumbered RN license, a BSN from a regionally accredited institution, and a cumulative GPA above 2.75 and 2 years of level 3 NICU experience. You must also submit all application materials before the deadline.

How long does it take to complete the program?
Students take approximately 2 years to complete the coursework

When do the classes meet?
Courses meet one day per week from 8-5.

When do I attend clinicals?
The clinical component of the NNP program begins in the second semester. Clinical schedules are arranged by the individual student in collaboration with the Clinical Support Unit and are variable throughout the week. Student flexibility is essential in meeting clinical requirements.

Is the program offered online?
No. The NNP program is offered only on our main campus in Denver, Colorado.

How much does the program cost?
Based on the current tuition rates the entire program would cost approximately $28,000.

Are students required to have laptops for the NNP program?
Yes. All campus based nursing students, including NNP students, are required to bring a laptop to class.

Expected technical specifications for the laptop include the following:


  • Recommended screen size: 13 inches or greater
  • Required Wi-fi compatible
  • Required Operating system: Windows: XP or higher, Mac: OS X 1o.5.8 or higher
  • Required memory: minimum 1GB
  • Required hard disk space: minimum 60GB
  • Required battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher
  • Recommended backup battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher

  • MSWord, Excel, Powerpoint (recommend MS Office)
  • Browser: most recent version of IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Adobe Reader, Flash, APA template
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