Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

The Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (NCNS) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares experienced neonatal nurses for roles as advanced practice nurses in the subspecialty care of neonates with alterations in health.

You will learn how to integrate care across the continuum and through three spheres of clinical nurse specialist influence:

  • Direct patient care
  • Nurses and nursing practice
  • Systems and organizations

You will also learn how to empower nurses to develop caring, evidence-based practices by mentoring and creating an environment of system change. You will be educated to serve as clinical experts in evidence-based nursing practice within the neonatal population.

Quick Facts: Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist Program
Program Type:





2-3.5 Years

Class Size:



Per credit hour

Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist Career Options

Graduates of the program work with neonates and their families to meet the demands of their vulnerabilities in neonatal health care settings such as the neonatal intensive care unit, neonatal clinics and home health care providing neonatal care. Other opportunities exist in patient safety and case management.

Tuition Pricing

As a top ranked college of nursing, Rush programs are competitively priced on a local and national level. 

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Learn more about the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) program at an online information session.