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Prepare for the In-Demand and Highly Rewarding Field of Neonatal Nursing

If you have a Master of Science in Nursing degree and want to become a neonatal nurse practitioner without earning a second master's degree, our on campus Post-Master’s Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner is the solution for you.
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Post-Master in Nursing Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Degree Overview

Loretto Heights School of Nursing’s on-campus graduate certificate options are designed for nurses who have a Master of Science in Nursing and want to expand upon their knowledge and skills without earning a second master's degree.

The Post-Master’s Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner is an ideal solution if you already have an MS in Nursing degree or its equivalent and want to become a neonatal nurse practitioner. The curriculum focuses on assessment, management and evaluation of the health care needs of neonates and infants working within the dynamics of the family environment and in collaboration with neonatologists and other health care providers. The curriculum is designed to develop critical thinking ability, creativity, cost awareness, case management skill, and clinical expertise in competencies identified by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), and National Task Force (NTF), American Nurses Association (ANA), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the Consensus Model Advanced Practice Nurse Regulation documents. Clinical experiences are offered in a variety of level III (high risk) neonatal intensive care units.

Completion of this specialization will make you eligible to sit for the National Certification Corporation (NCC) Examination upon graduation.

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Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 19.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

RH Post Master's Cert for Neonatal Nurse Practice

NR 605N - Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice

Utilizes a comprehensive approach addressing the underlying principles of disease processes. Includes etiology, epidemiology and theories related to pathogenesis. Focuses on the differentiation of pathophysiological findings and identification of treatment modalities. *Note: NR 605F is designed for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students and NR 605N is designed for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) students.

NR 607N - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

Provides the advanced practitioner student with an in-depth understanding of the clinical applications of drugs commonly used. Emphasizes the principles of drug action and drug therapy related to advanced practice nursing roles. Discusses selected prototypical agents from the major drug classifications as indications for use, efficacy, therapeutic and adverse effects, monitoring parameters, dosing principles and common drug interactions.*Note: NR 607F is designed for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students and NR 607N is designed for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) students.

NR 640 - Adv Practice Roles/Concepts

Addresses a variety of concepts essential to advanced nursing practice. History and role development within advanced nursing practice and primary care are examined. Family theory and dynamics integral to advanced nursing practice are explored. Standards of advanced practice nursing are defined and practiced.

NR 652 - Health Assessment for NNP

Presents a framework for systematic collection of a comprehensive database that includes pertinent history and physical assessments of the pregnant woman, neonate, and healthy child through age two.

NR 653 - Genetics and Embryology for the NNP

Provides a scientific foundation in embryology and genetics for practice. Analyzes the principles of human genetics, genetic testing and screening, genetic abnormalities and gene therapy for implications for the neonatal nurse practitioner.

NR 654 - Adv Practice Prcdrs for High Risk Infant

A theory, application, and skills course addressing the assessment and management of neonatal procedures commonly encountered in neonatal intensive care facilities. NOTE: Laboratory practicum includes procedural techniques.

Pre-requisite: NR*605 NR*607 NR*652

NR 656 - Management of the High Risk Newborn

Application of theory to practice in the development of a plan of care based on research evidence, pathophysiology, nursing and pharmacology principles, and protocols for the neonate. NOTE: Includes 105 hours of precepted clinical practice.

Pre-requisite: NR*605 NR*607 NR*652

NR 657 - Clinical Integration for the NNP

Focuses on the integration of advanced perinatal and neonatal theory, skill competency, critical thinking and clinical management of the low and high risk neonate and family. NOTE: Includes 415 hours of precepted clinical practice.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*605N NR*607N NR*652 NR*653 NR*654 NR*656;

NR 699 - Comprehensive Eval/Master of Science

A comprehensive evaluation of the student's achievement of Regis University and LHSON MS Program outcomes. Students provide a presentation reflecting on the Regis University and LHSON MS Program Outcomes with provision of evidence of this achievement. NOTE: All MS coursework must be completed or student must be in NR 623 to register for this course. Pass/No Pass grading only.

Accreditation

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 Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science (MS) programs are accredited through 2019. Additionally, effective October 2012, the DNP program is now fully accredited by AACN-CCNE.

If you would like more information on AACN-CCNE please go to: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation.

May 2014-April 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $695
Other Fees
Application Fee $75
Lab Fee (one time only) $300
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)

$652
$1,102
$1,102
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.

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