Master of Science in Nursing / Neonatal Nursing Practitioner
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

Program Details

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


  • 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

Special Accreditation

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Geographic Restrictions

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 authorizat