School of Nursing

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Overview | Curriculum | Experiential Learning


Neonatal critical care is a growing field, and Bouvé is at the forefront of providing experienced nurses with the knowledge, competence, and skill to be in demand across the country.

We require applicants to have at least two years of NICU experience before entering our program, and most have more than that. As a registered nurse, you already have a significant base of nursing knowledge. The neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) program focuses on advanced nursing knowledge and clinical practice. You will:

  • learn advanced diagnostic reasoning
  • carry out independent management of patients and their families
  • develop the expertise necessary to care for high-risk neonates and their families
  • become proficient at delivery room management of high-risk neonates

Our graduates are prepared to make independent decisions in level 2 and level 3 NICUs, drawing on their experience and diagnostic abilities to affect lives every day.

We also offer a Certificate of Advanced Study for experienced nurses who have a master's degree in nursing and want to specialize in neonatal critical care. One year of full-time study will increase your skills and experience and enable you to sit for the neonatal nurse practitioner certification exam offered by the National Certification Corporation for the obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing specialties.


We offer one-year full-time and two-year part time options. Both options feature:

  • advanced physiology and pathophysiology
  • early assessment and evaluation of the high-risk neonate
  • common life-threatening illnesses encountered by neonates
  • advanced nursing management and technology needed by critically ill neonates and their families
  • pharmacology specific for neonatal nurse practitioners
  • roles of clinical expert, manager, educator, consultant, and client advocate

Read the MS curriculum.
Read the CAGS curriculum.

Experiential Learning

Your clinical practicum will begin in your first semester of study after five to six weeks of training in our state-of-the-art laboratories in the Behrakis Health Science Building.

Because you will be working with many types of medical personnel over the course of your career, it is essential that you come to understand different practice techniques and styles. Our program exposes you to multiple preceptors (most of whom are program graduates) so that you can learn about different methods and approaches.

Northeastern's outstanding reputation in practice-oriented education means that we have established work sites at many of Boston's finest hospitals and medical institutions. You can carry out your practica at:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Children's Hospital and Medical Center
  • Floating Hospital for Infants & Children at the New England Medical Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • UMASS Memorial Health Care
  • Women and Infant's Hospital

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