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The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty prepares nurses at the master’s level as an advanced practice nurse who is able to diagnose and manage the health problems of newborns, infants and toddlers up to the age of two, who are acutely ill, or have a long-term health problem that requires monitoring or hospitalization. 

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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Overview

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty requires 45 total credit hours, 32 didactic and 13 clinical, with 600 total hours of direct patient care. Didactic content is provided in four specialty courses and provides the student with a strong advanced acute and continuing care base for caring for neonates and infants with common and complex health problems. Clinical experiences in a variety of primary care and specialty clinics provide a basis for care if the infant and young toddler. The primary focus for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner is in an acute care Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with the majority of clinical hours in a Level III or equivalent NICU. This combination offers extensive preparation for the advanced practice role. Students who start course work in the summer semester will take seven semesters to complete the program. Students starting in the fall semester will take six semesters to complete the program.

Further Specialization

Elective courses are available for knowledge base enhancement in areas such as cardiovascular and teaching.

Orientation and Intensives

Students are required to visit the UAB School of Nursing campus in Birmingham, Ala., for orientation and three multiday intensives.

Certification and Licensure


Once students successfully complete the program, they are awarded a Master of Science in Nursing degree and are able to apply to take the neonatal certification examination through the National Certification Corporation. Neonatal Nurse Practitioners also are licensed by the states in which they practice and are subject to the rules and regulations of that state's practice act.

Doctoral Education


A Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) from UAB prepares graduates for entry into doctoral studies in nursing, in either the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, a practice-focused terminal degree to prepare graduates to practice at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care or nursing education; or the School’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program, which prepares nurses as scholars, leaders and researchers who will make a substantive contribution to the body of knowledge for the discipline of nursing and thereby improve health outcomes for those who receive nursing care.

For more information:

Curry Bordelon, III, DNP, MBA, NNP-BC, CPNP-AC
Specialty Track Coordinator
205.934.0479 |


The Master's Degree Program in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (