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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Delivering comprehensive care to pre-term and full-term infants who are experiencing life-threatening conditions and chronic illnesses is the role of the neonatal nurse practitioner. These advanced practice nurses are experts in neonatal care and not only manage these critically ill patients, but also work with the parents and families during times of extreme stress. If you have at least one year of nursing experience with high-risk newborns and are ready to advance to the next level of care, the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner track may be for you!  

Mississippi's only Neonatal Nurse Practitioner track

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner track is the only one of its kind in the state of Mississippi. With this degree, you will receive state-of-the-art education, clinical experiences and personalized training in the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Level 4 neonatal intensive care unit, intermediate care nursery and newborn nursery. There are 630 clinical hours required for successful completion of this track, and these clinical hours are under the mentorship of well-trained and well-qualified, leading neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatologists, geneticists and specialists in the areas of pediatric surgery, endocrinology, cardiology, neurology, and pharmacology.  All clinical hours must be completed within the state of Mississippi. Upon completion of this track, you will be ready to sit for the neonatal nurse practitioner certification exam offered by the National Certification Corporation.

Plans of study and course scheduling

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner track offers a curriculum taught by well-prepared faculty using a combination of online, on-campus and hybrid methods. Also, state-of-the-art simulation labs are utilized to teach complex procedures. Not only do our students benefit from the low faculty-to-student ratio and personalized attention we provide, but also from the enhanced learning experiences that occur when collaborating with other classmates who have diverse backgrounds and skill sets.

Flexible plans of study are available and are designed by faculty with individual consideration given to students' goals and geographic locations. Students will be given an individualized plan of study appropriate for their role by their academic adviser upon enrollment, and applicants who already have a nurse practitioner certification in another area will have a shorter plan of study.

For more information

For additional general information regarding the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner track, you may email or call (601) 815-0124.

For more specific information please contact the individual track director listed on this graduate contacts page.