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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

nurse checking the heartbeat of a premature baby

Neonatal NPs care for ill newborns, improving their outcomes in partnership with their families and others on the healthcare team.

Our neonatal nurse practitioner DNP program was developed to educate and prepare advanced practice neonatal nurses to manage and care for ill neonates, improving outcomes for the infants in partnership with their families. This unique perspective is based on the framework of patient- and family-centered care (PFCC), which calls for caring for neonates, infants and their families through respect, communication and empowerment.

Students in the NNP program at UIC will explore evidenced-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, quality, safety, health technology,and health policy. Our program is highly specialized and clinically focused in order to provide comprehensive, hands-on, culturally competent, evidence-based care.

  • 4 Average class size within neonatal focus area courses

  • 100 % Graduates' pass rate on certification exam

  • 90 Faculty's combined years of experience in the neonatal focus area

  • Clinicals Practicum sites and highly qualified preceptors are arranged for students by dedicated staff.

Required courses for the program

What will you do as an NNP? Heading link

Life is never boring as a neonatal nurse practitioner, providing population-focused care for the youngest children, from preterm newborns to toddlers up to age 2.

Learn about life as an NNP

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Certification Heading link

Graduating NNP students will be eligible to take the National Certification Corporation  Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination. For more information, visit the website of National Certification Corporation. Scope of practice is defined by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), along with education standards and requirements for certification and continuing competency.  Individual state nursing boards govern specifics regarding: scope of practice, prescriptive authority, criteria for APRN license maintenance.


Sherri Sadler, DNP, NNP-BC, C-ELBW Heading link

Director, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program

845 S. Damen Ave., NURS 837, MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

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