The goal of the neonatal specialty is to develop culturally sensitive providers who are able to address the complex health needs of acutely ill and recuperating neonates and infants and their families and reduce disparity in neonatal care access. Students can choose to become either a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and the neonatal specialty accepts both Master’s and post-Master’s applicants.
Students will complete core graduate and neonatal/pediatric coursework, in addition to select residency experiences across a variety of local and regional settings that support role development. NNP graduates complete a minimum of 600 mentored practice hours and are eligible for CA state licensure as an NP as well as seeking national certification as an NNP CNS graduates complete a minimum of 500 mentored practice hours and are eligible for CA state licensure as a CNS.
Certifications and Licenses
Students who complete this specialty would be eligible for:
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: The California Board of Registered Nursing licensure as a nurse practitioner, and National Certification Corporation certification as a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP).
- Clinical Nurse Specialist: The California Board of Registered Nursing licensure as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS).
Application Requirements and Deadlines
|For Master of Science and Post-Master's Students|
|Is RN experience required?||Yes. Two years of acute care neonatal/infant experience.|
|Other admissions requirements specific to this specialty||N/A|
|Application deadline||February 3, 2020. The deadline can be extended to May. Please check with the specialty coordinator.|
|For Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) Students|
|Does this specialty admit MEPN students?||No|
Learn more about:
- Our admissions requirements and process, and how to apply.
- Student scholarships through our Student Funding Office and financial aid through the UCSF Financial Aid Office.
- Campus Life Services, including housing, transportation, family support and more.
View the sample curriculum for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner as well as the sample curriculum for the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist. The sample curriculum plans are subject to change.
Post-Master's study is individualized following a gap analysis of the applicant’s prior work. It is typically four to five quarters. All must complete the same number of residency hours as in the MS program (i.e. 500 for CNS, 600 for NNP). Learn more about our Post-Master's Studies.
Specialty Coordinator: Jana Kohler
Staff Contact: Griselda Thomas