Neonatal Nurse Practitioner?


Can anyone explain the steps that I need t take to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner? Also does anyone know a good school that offers this program? I'm 18 and am currently attending Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Moving would not be a problem as my fiancé is in the National Guard. Thanks!

klone, MSN, RN

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Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 17 years experience.

You have to go to school to get your Bachelor's in Nursing first. Then, I would recommend working in a NICU for a few years, then you enroll in an MSN program (Master's) with a specialization as an NNP.

There are lots of MSN programs that offer the NNP, you can just do an internet search.

Here you go:


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Has 1 years experience.

Since you're only 18 I'd imagine your first step would be getting your BSN. I don't say that to be mean, its going to take you at least 3-4 years to do that. Then you are probably going to have to work for at least a year since most NP programs want you to have some experience. So, you are looking at 5 to 6 years before you are ready to start a Neo NP program. A lot can change in that period of time. Programs can open or close, requirements can change, and you can change your mind. The best thing you can do now is do as well as you possibly can in your undergrad program. GPA will be very important when you start looking a graduate school.