Program Director: Rosalie O. Mainous, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, Dean, College of Nursing and Health
The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare the neonatal nurse practitioner student with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a high level of comprehensive care to ill newborns and their families, patients residing in the neonatal intensive care unit, and high risk infants and children through the age of 2.
The course of study consists of 16 credit hours of core nursing courses with an additional 33 credit hours to complete the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration.
The Wright State University College of Nursing and Health has developed a collaborative program with the University of Cincinnati wherein courses in this concentration are shared. Each university will offer its own degree. WSU Neonatal Nurse Practitioner students will take five (5) courses taught by the University of Cincinnati that will transfer to Wright State as part of the student’s coursework.
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the National Certification Corporation.
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The following materials also need to be the sent to the Graduate School, Wright State University, 344 Student Union, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH 45435:
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- Statement of Professional Goals (Note this is part of the online Graduate School application form).
The following materials must be sent to:
College of Nursing and Health – Wright State University, 160 University Hall, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Application to the College of Nursing and Health Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program (clink on link to download)
- Essay describing a meaningful clinical situation in which you were involved and how this situation helped heighten your desire to pursue graduate education (no longer than two pages). Please include a description of your experiences caring for newborns.
- Two letters of recommendation, one from your current or most recent supervisor, and one from a faculty member of your BSN program or a previous supervisor
- A copy of your resume
- Background check with no criminal history on file
Once the Graduate School has received all your application materials, your file will be forwarded to the College of Nursing and Health. An interview will be required for those applicants in the final selection pool after review of submitted documents is completed. Leadership potential, motivation, ability to express ideas and opinions, view of advanced nursing practice, diversity in work and life experiences with people of different cultures are all factors considered in the essays and interviews. Compatibility between expressed career goals and program goals is weighted heavily.
- Bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) from a NLN or CCNE accredited institution
- Unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- At least one full time year experience as an RN in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit prior to the start of clinical courses OR one year of practice experience prior to the start of any clinical course in the program.
- Interview by program director
- Background Check with no criminal history on file
The admission requirements for this Post Master’s Certificate program would include:
- Master’s Degree in Nursing with current certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse in another specialty area (the best fit would be for pediatric nurse practitioners)
- Practice experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Interview by program director
- Background Check with no criminal history on file
Nurses with Master's degrees in non-APN roles are welcome, but will be required to take core APN courses as needed.
Prior to Program Admission
Both the BCI&I and FBI background checks are required for graduate students. The State of Ohio requires that those who provide care for children or older adults pass a criminal background check. Students must declare and document misdemeanor and/or felony offenses as part of the application process. The fingerprinting is available on campus at the Educational Resource Center located at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to the Administrative Support Coordinator-Graduate Programs, College of Nursing and Health, 160 University Hall, WSU, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435. It is not mandatory that students use the ERC, but the ERC offers a discounted price for students.
For purposes of student eligibility for certification, all Neonatal Nurse Practitioner required courses must be taken as part of the program of study while in the NNP program or challenged either by examination or demonstration of similar course content in another masters nursing program. All courses in the program will be delivered on line in a hybrid format making the program highly accessible to participants who have complicated work schedules and might not live in proximity to the Dayton, Ohio campus. Students have the option to take all core courses on campus.
Efforts will be made to meet student’s individual goals and to provide experiences in their geographical area. Clinical courses are supervised by the NNP faculty. Clinical rotations will take place in Dayton Children’s Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital, Kettering Hospital, selected follow-up clinics, and some laboratory experiences on site at the University of Cincinnati.
All students are required to complete a statistics course prior to NUR 7005: Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice course. Students can begin classes summer, fall, or spring. Individualized plans, including part-time will be developed on admission by the associate director of the concentration. Please see sample curriculum plan for full time student.
WSU NUR 7001 Roles and Leadership – 2 credit hours
WSU NUR 7002 Informatics – 2 credit hours
WSU NUR 7004 Theory – 3 credits hours
UC 29ANPC8070 Developmental Physiology of the Fetus/Newborn - 2 credit hours
WSU NUR 7102 Adv Patho Across the Lifespan – 3 credit hours
WSU NUR 7105 Population Health – 3 credit hours
UC 29ANPC8074 Adv Newborn/Infant Pharmacotherapeutics – 3 credit hours
WSU Health 7121 Genetics and Genomics – 2 credit hours
WSU NUR 7721 Clinical Competencies for NNP Practice – 4 credit hours
UC 29ANPC8072 Advanced Newborn/Infant Health Assessment – 3 credit hours
WSU NUR 7720 Primary Care to the Age of 2 for the Formerly Ill Child – 2 credit hours
WSU NUR 7005 Research and Evidence Based Practice – 4 credit hours
WSU NUR 7003 Health Policy – 2 credit hours
WSU NUR 7722 Advanced Clinical Competencies for NNP Practice – 4 credit hours
UC 29ANP8076 Neonatal Pathophysiology and Advanced Nursing Management I – 3 credits
WSU NUR 7723 Translation of Evidence to Practice for Neonatal Practitioners – 4 credits
UC 29ANPC8078 Neonatal Pathophysiology and Advanced Nursing Management II (3 credits)
NUR 7001 Role Development and Leadership (2 credit hours): This course focuses on understanding and synthesizing concepts and theories that will facilitate professional role development and leadership in advanced nursing roles.
NUR 7002 Information Technology in Health Care (2 credit hours): This course focuses on the theoretical basis of nursing and health care informatics. The model of data, information and knowledge is used to explore the basis of nursing informatics within health care. Strategies are examined for dissemination, access, retrieval and evaluation of information for professionals and consumers of health care
NUR 7003 Health Policy, Politics & Issues (2 credit hours): Critical analysis of public policies and issues affecting nursing and health care delivery. Encompasses economic, political, social, technological, ethical and legal influences on consumers and health care providers from a global perspective.
NUR 7004 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice (3 credit hours): Analysis of nursing and other selected concepts, models, and theories as related to nursing practice, administration, and education in development and application of nursing science
NUR 7005 Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice (4 credit hours): Critical analysis of the components, methodology, and state of the art of research for nursing to plan change for best practice.
NUR 7105 Population Health (3 credit hours): This course synthesizes methods of population assessment and planning to construct population-appropriate interventions for health care delivery systems. The focus is on safe, quality, and culturally-appropriate advanced nurse practice activities to meet emerging world needs.
Health 7121 Human Genetics and Genomics for Health Professionals (3 credit hours): This course presents focuses on the advanced study of human genetics and genomics with implications for health care professionals. Describes mechanisms of inheritance and genetic diseases so that health professionals can recognize possible genetic or genomic abnormalities and make appropriate referrals, participate in genetic counseling, and consider ethical and legal implications.
NUR 7720 Primary Care to the Age of 2 for the Formerly Ill Child (2 credit hours): This course is for students enrolled in the neonatal nurse practitioner concentration in the MS in Nursing Program. The focus of this course is on the growth and development of former preterm and critically ill infants and the impact of morbidity that originated in the newborn period. Differential diagnosis and treatment plans will be directed towards achieving the highest level of wellness obtainable.
NUR 7721 Clinical Competencies for the NNP Practice (4 credit hours): This is the first clinical course for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration in the MS Nursing program. Focus is on beginning clinical competencies for the nurse practitioner in the Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Students will learn a new role as a member of an interdisciplinary tem, the use of new documentation systems, patient rounds, discharge planning, interpretation of radiographs, and the provision of culturally sensitive care.
NUR 7722 Advanced Clinical Competencies for NNP Practice (4 credit hours): This is the second clinical course in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration in the MS in Nursing program. Students will be asked to apply current management strategies to ill newborns and other infants residing in the neonatal intensive care unit. Students will utilize best evidence and an interdisciplinary approach, to provide a high level or culturally sensitive care for infants and their families. The student will build on objectives achieved in NUR 7721.
NUR 7723 Translation of Evidence to Practice for Neonatal Practitioners (4 credit hours): This is the third clinical course in the neotonatal nurse practitioner concentration in the MS in Nursing Program. Students will be asked to build upon prior learning, caring for ill newborns/infants and their families. Complex cases and multiple patient scenarios will be stressed. Application of research findings, leadership on the interdisciplinary team, planning and execution of the complicated discharge, and innovations in care are all essential competencies.
Courses to be transferred in from the University of Cincinnati:
29ANPC8070 Developmental Physiology of the Fetus/Newborn (2 credit hours)
29ANPC8072 Advanced Newborn/Infant Health Assessment (3 credit hours)
29AMPC8074 Advanced Newborn/Infant Pharmacotherapeutics (3 credit hours)
29ANPC8076 Neonatal Pathophysiology and Advanced Nursing Management I (3 credit hours)
29ANPC8078 Neonatal Pathophysiology and Advanced Nursing Management II (3 credits)
Rosalie O. Mainous, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC
Title: Dean & Associate Director, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
FAX (937) 775-5284
General Contact Information:
Wright State University
3640 Col. Glenn Highway
E344 Student Union
Dayton, OH 45435
College of Nursing and Health:
Administrative Support Coordinator
FAX (937) 775-4571
Donna Miles Curry, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
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