Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the NNP program faculty have agreed on March 26, 2020, to allow NNP students due to graduate in May, August, or December 2020, to complete the program with 600 direct-care clinical hours and 40 simulation hours, rather than the program’s usual standard of 640 direct-care clinical hours.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) Master’s Program

A 44-Credit Online Part-time or Full-time Master’s Program

For experienced neonatal nurses, the natural “next step” in career advancement is often to prepare for a future role as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP). Advanced practice roles in Neonatology are among the oldest and most respected of all advanced practice roles in the U.S. and Canada. Graduate programs in Neonatology require significant time and financial commitments on the part of students; however the return on that investment is substantial.

The University of Connecticut’s (UConn) 44-credit program is taught by the UConn School of Nursing faculty who are experienced Neonatal Practitioners actively working in the field. Coursework is delivered fully online with three on-campus visits required over the course of the program; one visit for orientation and two visits for UConn’s specialized program of leveled simulation experiences.

In addition to the standard admission requirements for the Master’s Program, admission to the NNP Program requires completion of a minimum of 2 years, full-time, RN-level practice experience in a level three neonatal intensive care unit prior to the beginning of clinical practicum courses.

After completing UConn’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) Master’s Program:

  • Graduates are prepared to work as Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNP).
  • Nurse Practitioner graduates are eligible to apply for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) examination given by the National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Specialties.
  • Canadian and US graduates will be eligible for NCC Certification

Students can earn their Master’s degree with a part-time or full-time plan of study. The full-time plan of study includes five semesters. The part-time plan of study includes six or seven semesters, depending on whether it starts in an odd or even year. Click HERE to view the plans of study.

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

Please submit application materials no later than:
October 15: Spring Semester
March 15: Summer Semester
June 15: Fall Semester


Days to Application Deadline
Deadline Ends on October 15, 2021

UConn Ranked #1 of Neonatal Online MS Programs

2018 Best Online MS Nursing Colleges

NANNP Neonatal Field Videos

Below are several links to videos produced by the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP). They provide a window into the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner profession.

VIDEO: The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Career

VIDEO: Believe In What You Are Doing