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.

Academics and Curriculum

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

Year 1


  • NUR 7004 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice – 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7003 Health Policy, Politics and Issues – 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7002 Information Technology in Health Care – 3 credits hours

Fall Semester

  • NUR 7001 Role Development and Leadership – 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7102 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice – 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7731 Advanced Newborn/Infant Pharmacology – 3 credit hours

Spring Semester

  • NUR 7105 Population Health – 3 credit hours
  • HLT 7121 Human Genetics and Genomics for Health Professionals – 2 credit hours
  • NUR 7732  Advanced Neonatal Assessment – 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7733 Clinical Competencies and Management for NNP Practice I - 6 credit hours

Year 2


  • NUR 7720 Primary Care to the Age of 2 for the Formerly Ill Child – 2 credit hours
  • NUR 7005 Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice – 3 credit hours

Fall Semester

  • NUR 7734 Advanced Clinical Competencies and Management for NNP Practice II – 7 credit hours

Spring Semester

  • NUR 7735 Translation of Evidence to Practice and Management for Neonatal Nurse Practitioners III – 7 credits



To be eligible to apply to this graduate nursing concentration, applicants must meet the following criteria:


Be a bachelor prepared nurse, having earned a BSN in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for your baccalaureate degree and any subsequent graduate work


Be a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license, having a minimum of two years full-time experience as an RN in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit prior to the start of clinical courses


Apply to Wright State Graduate School.

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Professional statement (no more than 250 words)

Submit the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Concentration Application (PDF)

The application to the College of Nursing and Health must contain:

  • Resume
  • An 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 recommendation letters from your current or most recent supervisor or a faculty member of your BSN program or a previous employer

Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state) background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process.  It is to your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.


International Students

International graduate students who wish to enter Wright State’s Master of Science programs in nursing must provide proof of English proficiency in one of the options below (scores are the minimum required):

  • TOEFL IBT: 79
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • Pearson PTE: 57
  • LEAP: 4
  • Degree: Earned in the USA

Admission is based on a rolling deadline.

Keep in mind that it takes 2-6 weeks to process an application in the Graduate School. Once all your application materials have been received, you will be contacted to interview with the director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration. 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.

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

Deb Poling Ph.D., FNP-BC, CNE
Title: Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs
Phone: (937) 775-3808
Fax: (937) 775-4571

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

General Contact Information

Graduate School

Wright State University
3640 Col. Glenn Highway
Graduate School
344 Student Union
Dayton, OH  45435
(937) 775-2976

College of Nursing and Health
(937) 775-3131
Fax: (937) 775-4571