Degrees and Certificates

Master of Science in Nursing, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Concentration

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Why Choose the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Concentration?

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration 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 13 credit hours of core nursing courses with an additional 36 credit hours to complete the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration, pending approval. 

Upon completion of the concentration, students will be eligible to take the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the National Certification Corporation.

Post-Master’s Training

We’re pleased to offer educational opportunities to post-master’s applicants. Please contact the College of Nursing and Health at 937-775-3954 to speak with someone about post-master’s training.



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U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State's online graduate nursing programs No. 126 among all graduate nursing programs. The nursing program has a high certfication pass rate, excellent clinical site placements, and an outstanding reputation in the region with strong community partnerships. 


Academics and Curriculum

View the Master of Science in Nursing program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.

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 concentration can be delivered online 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 students' individual goals and to provide experiences in their geographical area. Clinical courses are supervised by the NNP faculty. Clinical rotations will take place at 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 graduate level 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 director of the concentration.

Please see sample curriculum plan for a full-time student.


Due Date: This program admits students on a rolling basis.  There is no application deadline.

Program Start: Varied

Application to Wright State University’s College of Nursing & Health is a two-step process.


Apply to Wright State Graduate School

Required Documents: 

The documents listed below should be uploaded directly to your School of Graduate Studies online application.  Please do not send these materials to the College of Nursing & Health.

  • Graduate School application (online)
  • Transcripts from all Colleges/Universities Attended
  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  • Meaningful Clinical Experience Essay (2 pages maximum)
  • Statement of Professional Goals (250 words maximum)
  • Provide Name and Email Address of Two References for Letters of Recommendation
    • Current or most recent supervisor
    • Faculty member from your nursing program, or previous employer

When the Graduate School application is complete, notification will automatically be sent to the College of Nursing & Health, and we will communicate our application requirements.


Apply to the College of Nursing & Health

Required Documents:

  • College of Nursing & Health Application
  • BCII and FBI Background Check Results

The College of Nursing & Health will provide instructions on how to complete the above steps once we receive notification of the completed School of Graduate Studies application.  All CoNH required documents should be sent directly to the CoNH. 

Admission Requirements:

  1. Be a bachelor’s prepared nurse, having earned a BSN in nursing from an accredited institution.
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale from your baccalaureate degree and any subsequent graduate work.
  3. Hold an unencumbered nursing license.
  4. Have a minimum of two years full-time nursing experience in in a Level III neonatal intensive care unit prior to the start of clinical courses.
  5. Provide evidence of no criminal record on file through a clear BCI / FBI background screen.
  6. International Students
    • Must provide proof of English proficiency by achieving at least the minimum score in one of the following:
      • TOEFL IBT: 79
      • IELTS:  6.0
      • Pearson PTE: 57
      • LEAP:  4
    • Must have an unencumbered United States nursing license.

    Program Outcomes

    The MS graduate will:

    1. Examine scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings 
    2. Demonstrate leadership skills necessary for ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective to promote high quality and safe patient care
    3. Apply quality principles within an organization and articulate the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality
    4. Apply evidence-based outcomes 
within the practice setting, resolving practice problems, working as a change 
agent, and disseminating results  
    5. Use communication strategies and patient-care technologies to integrate, coordinate, deliver, and enhance care
    6. Examine the policy development process and advocacy strategies necessary to intervene at the 
system level to influence health and health care
    7. Use communication strategies necessary for interprofessional collaboration and consultation to manage and coordinate care
    8. Integrate broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations
    9. Demonstrate advanced level of understanding of nursing and relevant sciences as well as the ability to integrate this knowledge into practice including both direct and indirect care components that influence health care outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems

    Contact Information

    Concentration Contact

    Dr. Ann Bowling, Ph.D., APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CHSE
    Title: Associate Professor
    Phone: 937-775-2596
    Fax: 937-775-4266

    Stacey Callahan, B.A.
    Title: Program Coordinator
    Phone: 937-775-3954
    Fax: 937-775-4571

    General Contact Information

    Graduate School

    Wright State University
    3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
    Graduate School
    344 Student Union
    Dayton, OH  45435

    College of Nursing and Health
    Fax: 937-775-4571