Master of Science in Nursing / Neonatal Nursing Practitioner
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
The online MSN / Neonatal Nursing Practitioner degree program provides professional nurses with an in-depth study focused on health management of the acutely and critically ill neonate and their family through the examination of research, theory, cultural diversity, health policy, ethics, and leadership. Graduates are prepared to provide care to newborns who require specialized management, including:
- Initial resuscitation and stabilization in the delivery room setting
- Providing ventilatory support
- Care of other problems associated with prematurity
Degree Level: Master
Delivery Format: Mostly Online
Accelerated Degree: No
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
- Official transcripts
- Proof of licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in one or more states in the United States
- Must have at least two years of fulltime experience as an RN in a Level III or IV NICU within the past five years before starting clinical courses. May start theory courses without the required clinical experience
- Hold and maintain a current Neonatal Resuscitation Program certificate
- Three letters of recommendation
- A 500-700 word essay
- Evidence of completion of undergraduate health assessment and nursing research courses with a minimum grade of "C"
- Evidence of completion of a graduate statistics course with a minimum grade of "B" within the last 5 years
- An interview may be requested
- A BSN degree
All applicants are welcome to apply to the Masters programs except those who are residents of the following states: Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin, and Louisiana due to state authorization.
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is a private, not-for-profit institution located in Peoria, Illinois that is dedicated to educating compassionate and skilled nurse professionals. Saint Francis Medical Center College for Nurses is owned by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. It is also one of the largest Catholic health care facilities in the United States. The school had its beginning in 1905 as the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. The school was intended for “Sisters” or nuns only. In 1918, it started to admit lay students, as well. In 1950, it received accreditation of the diploma program from the National League of Nursing. From 1905 to 1987 the college graduated close to 3400 students from the diploma program. In 1985, the Department of Professional Regulations approved the addition of a baccalaureate program. Today, the school continues its history of nursing education whose mission is to provide health care to sick, poor, and injured people of the community. The mission of this institution is "to provide nursing education programs at the undergraduate and graduate level....The College serves the community by providing competent entry level and advanced practitioners responsive to the changing health needs of society and the health care system."
Saint Francis Medical Center offers upper division undergraduate and graduate nursing programs that include a hands-on clinical practice that gives students great experience in their field. The undergraduate program prepares men and women for the practice of professional nursing. Students would receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students in the graduate program can pursue either a Doctor of Nursing Practice or a Master of Science in Nursing. Saint Francis offers distance learning options as well.
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