Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) postgraduate certificate program is for advanced practice registered nurses who are seeking to expand their knowledge and training to a neonatal population.

The NNP 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 with neonatologists to provide advance practice nursing care to infants and their families in the neonatal intensive and intermediate care settings.

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

Quick Facts
Program Type:





2 Years

Class Size:



Per credit hour

Career Options

Graduates are prepared to practice in normal newborn, intermediate and intensive care settings.

You will use your acquired knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology and physiology to:  

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

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

  • Delivery room management of the neonate
  • Intubation
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Percutaneous arterial line insertion
  • Umbilical line insertion

Tuition Pricing

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

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