Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NP)

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an acute care advanced practice role providing care for high-risk infants from birth through the first two years of life. The NNP program is designed to prepare experienced neonatal nurses to work collaboratively to provide advance practice nursing care to infants and their families in the neonatal intensive care settings.

The NNP program will encourage you to manage the complex physiologic health care needs of the critically ill and convalescing neonate and family in the inpatient neonatal setting, such as the neonatal intensive care unit or intermediate care nursery. NNPs collaborate with the interprofessional team to provide optimal patient care.

Quick Facts
Program Type:





2.5-3.5 Years

Class Size:



Per credit hour

Career Options

As a graduate of the NNP program, you will be prepared to practice in normal newborn, intermediate, and intensive care settings. You will use your acquired knowledge of pathophysiology, assessment, pharmacology and physiology-based management to:  

  • Perform advanced physical assessments
  • Evaluate diagnostic and clinical data
  • Consult and collaborate with interprofessional team members
  • Manage critically ill and intermediate care infants
  • Attend high-risk deliveries
  • Support and educate caregivers

Additionally, your responsibilities will include the following advanced practice clinical skills:

  • Delivery room resuscitation
  • Intubation and non-invasive respiratory management
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Umbilical line placement and suturing
  • Pleural needle aspiration
  • X-ray interpretation

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 Nurse Practitioner (NP) program at an online information session.