DNP: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

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DNP: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Open the door to a high-paying, rewarding career as a neonatal nurse practitioner.

Elevate your impact and play a leadership role in neonatal care.


Neonatal nurse practitioners are among the most in-demand advanced practice nurses today.

St. Catherine University's proven nursing programs have excellent reputations and have prepared nurses for over 120 years to provide outstanding patient care in primary and intensive care settings. In as little as three years, you can elevate your impact, play a key leadership role, and directly influence healthcare outcomes for the littlest of patients.

Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) are in high demand. They provide specialized care to newborns, including those who are premature, sick, or injured. NNPs work in a variety of settings, including neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), hospitals, clinics, and private practice.

In this program, you will learn:

  • Advanced practice nursing assessment and management of common and complex health conditions of the neonate
  • Implementation and coordination of care for neonatal patients with complex and chronic alterations of health in the context of the family and health systems through interprofessional education (IPE)
  • Hands-on application of advanced neonatal assessment, management and procedural skills through our Institute of Simulation and Interprofessional Learning (I-SAIL)
  • Advanced concepts in clinical information systems, patient care technologies, clinical decision support, legal/ethical issues, consumer health informatics, and the integration of evidence-based practice to change systems

Our program is flexible and designed to meet the needs of working students. We offer effective online courses and 1-3 in-person intensives on campus each semester. Our dedicated clinical placement coordinator provides clinical placements for all nurse practitioner students. 

Program at a Glance

Format: Hybrid (primarily online with 1-3 on-campus intensives per semester)

Start: Fall

Time to completion: 3 years full-time, or 4 years part-time

Credits required: 68*

Tuition per credit: $1,200 (2024-25 rates)

*Total credits are subject to change as the plan of study is finalized

Rates are subject to change each June 1. Tuition and fee information

All applicants will be reviewed for DNP scholarships

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Due to state-level regulations, we are unable to enroll students who will be residing in any of these states while enrolled in this program: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Canada.
Health Profession and Nursing Students (or those considering these programs as a major):

Exemptions to the University’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy may affect your ability to be placed at clinical and fieldwork sites and may result in inability to progress in your program. All health profession students with COVID-19 vaccine exemptions are required to sign the Healthcare Student COVID-19 Exemption Acknowledgement prior to applying to the programs. For more information, please contact (studentcompliance@stkate.edu) or your program of study director.

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