Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

The purpose of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration is to increase the number of advanced practice neonatal nurses to meet the needs of high-risk infants and their families in tertiary care centers. Education for such advanced nursing practice is grounded in theoretical and practical knowledge that is culturally sensitive and prepares practitioners in advanced nursing, medical and pharmacological practices. Graduates are eligible to sit for The National Certification Corporation’s (NCC) examination to certify Neonatal Nurse Practitioner’s. The content courses for this concentration are offered online. Required student clinical practice experiences are arranged in the students’ geographic area.

2021 Best Online Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Online ranked the ECU College of Nursing NNP program No. 1 in the nation in 2021 using a points-based system based on data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), The Council for Community and Economic Research and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).


The following faculty members will be your instructors as you move through the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration:

  • Dr. Amy Jnah, Director
  • Dr. Lisa Clevenger
  • Ms. Amy Williford


A minimum of 42 s.h. is required for graduation in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration. The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration offers two methods for completing your graduation requirements, a full-time or part-time plan of study. Curriculum plans for certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner’s seeking a master’s degree as well as a Post-Master’s Certificate are available. These curriculum plans referenced below are only a suggested course sequence. Once admitted to the program, students will develop a plan of study with their Advisor. Part-time plans of study typically span 7 semesters, and full-time plans of study typically span 5 semesters in length.

Curriculum Plan (PDF)
Post-Master’s Curriculum Plan (PDF)

For more information, please visit the ECU Graduate Catalog.

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