• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    53
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00

Caring for a sick newborn demands specialized skill and commitment. UMKC offers a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner graduate program to educate leaders in newborn health care. The online program is focused on health management of the neonate and their family. However students will also graduate with a broad base of knowledge including nursing theory, research, cultural diversity, health policy, ethics and leadership related to the role of the Advanced Practice Nurse. Graduates of the accredited program are qualified to sit for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Board Exam offered by the National Certification Corporation.

Course Delivery: On campus residencies are required during the online programs. Online coursework may require scheduled online class times. These dates are scheduled in advance and communicated on the schedule for the semester. Faculty will provide more information prior to each scheduled on-campus residency which occurs during your clinical coursework.

Graduates of UMKC are eligible to sit for national certification as a PMHNP by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Most states require certification from ANCC and often require collaboration with a psychiatrist for prescriptive practice. To learn more about your license requirements and scope of practice, contact your state's Board of Nursing.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. BSN from a college or university nationally recognized by a nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or AACN).
  2. The GPA required for admission is a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (calculated on the last 60 hours of their BSN degree).
  3. Current unencumbered Missouri licensure or unencumbered licensure in the state in which the student completes clinical requirements.
  4. The following two courses are pre-requisites to progression in the MSN and DNP program; however they can be taken at UMKC along with your program of study in the first semester (it is strongly recommended to complete prior to applying): Graduate-level statistics course with a minimum grade of B, and a free-standing undergraduate health assessment course which needs to be completed in the first summer or fall semester with a minimum grade of B.
  5. Personal interviews are required.
  6. Students are required to come to campus for a residency each semester during their clinical courses. Faculty and advisors communicate campus dates early so students can plan their schedules.
NOTE: Individuals residing in AL, NY, NC, TN or WA are not able to enroll in this program.

To apply to this program:

Apply Now

Application Deadlines

Early Decision Acceptance
October 15
Regular Acceptance
February 15

Courses

Core
  • NURSE 5526Health Promotion, Across the Lifespan3 Credits

    This course is designed to provide students with a strong knowledge base related to concepts of health promotion and health protection for clients across the life span. Clients are conceptualized as individuals, families and populations. An application of various developmental theories for the child, adult, older adult and family will provide the basis to individualize health-care needs for various age and family groups. Core concepts for the course include: theories of health and health promotion and protection, reasoned action, health belief model, epidemiology, disease and injury prevention, health education, growth and development, nutrition, and family systems theory.

  • NURSE 5527Cultural Diversity & Values3 Credits

    This course explores how each individual’s life context (social, political, historical, and economic) and culture construct their individual’s values, beliefs and behaviors. Applying multi-disciplinary concepts and theory, the course expands students’ basic knowledge of cultural diversity, approaches to culture and cultural competency, values and ethics, theories of moral development, cultural assessment skills, and ethical decision-making models for clinical practice. Ethical dilemmas created by differing cultural values and the role of health professionals in leading ethical decision-making are explored. Core concepts for the course include: cultural awareness, cultural knowledge, cultural skill, cultural encounter, values clarification, and ethical analysis.

  • NURSE 5528Healthcare Policy & Advocacy3 Credits

    This course is designed to focus on the integral relationship between health care policy and advocacy. Content will include principles and processes related to U.S. health policy and politics in relation to the overall system and issues of cost, quality and access; interrelationships between policy, political trends, and quality of care and access at the point of service; elimination of health care disparities, ethical and obligatory values related to the role of the health care professional.

  • NURSE 5548NPhysiology/Pathophysiology Of The Neonate2 Credits

    Concepts of embryology, neonatal physiology and pathophysiology are used to provide an in-depth study of normal functioning and alteration of normal physiological functioning in cellular, tissue, organ, and organ systems. Alterations form the basis for understanding a variety of pathophysiological conditions and the manifestations and impact of abnormal physiological functioning on neonates. Both generalized processes and major system dysfunctions are addressed.

  • NURSE 5549NAdvanced Assessment of the Neonate3 Credits

    This course is designed to provide a systematic approach to advanced assessment of physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental and spiritual assessment of the fetus, the mother during the prenatal period, and the neonate. This course builds on basic health assessment skills and emphasizes advanced assessment skills, diagnostic test interpretation, validation, documentation and analysis of perinatal, genetic and embryological factors impacting neonatal health and development.

  • NURSE 5550Theoretical Foundations3 Credits

    This course focuses on critical analysis of theory and the utilization of various levels of nursing and related theories as a base for nursing at the graduate level. It further examines the inter-relationship of theory, research and practice in the development of a scientific body of nursing knowledge. The student will analyze methods by which knowledge is gained and validated. Students will synthesize several different theories from which to form the basis of their practice. Relationships of theory, practice and research will be discussed.

  • NURSE 5555Nursing Research3 Credits

    This course is designed to prepare graduate nursing students to utilize research findings in order to provide high quality health care and improve nursing practice. This knowledge includes fundamentals of research methods, procedures for the evaluation of research and the application of research findings to clinical practice and organizational decision making.

  • NURSE 5564NNeonatal Nursing I3 Credits

    This course integrates the physiologic, pharmacologic, and assessment skills and principles in determining appropriate care of the ill neonate. This course covers case management of respiratory, cardiovascular and neurologic disorders. Current research and evidenced-based practices are used as the course framework. The effects of critical conditions on the growth and development of the neonate, including subsequent chronic health problems as well as the short and long term consequences to the child's family are emphasized. The use of specific interventions and diagnostic procedures are demonstrated and applied in laboratory/clinical settings.

  • NURSE 5566NNeonatal Nursing II3 Credits

    This course integrates the physiologic, pharmacological, and assessment skills and principals in determining appropriate care of the ill neonate. This course covers case management of the gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, hematologic, orthopedic, dermatolotic and immune system disorders while the concurrent course, NURSE 5566N, covers the respiratory, cardiovascular and neurologic disorders. Current research and evidence based practices are used as the course framework. The effects of clinical conditions on the growth and development of the neonate, including subsequent chronic health problems as well as the short and long term consequences to the child's family are emphasized. The use of specific interventions and diagnostic procedures are demonstrated and applied in laboratory / clinical settings during the forty hours of required clinical activities. This three credit hour course consists of two hours of didactic / discussion and one hour of clinical experience.

  • NURSE 5572IIPreceptorship II5 Credits

    This course provides opportunities to apply knowledge and skills from advanced nursing role, theory, research and neonatal clinical courses to the advanced therapeutic management of high-risk neonates. This is the second of two preceptorship courses which builds upon acquired clinical skills of NURSE 5572NI and can be taken concurrently or in consecutive semesters. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic measures within a conceptual framework or model applying findings from research relevant to comprehensive care of neonates. The client system will be the neonate and family.

  • NURSE 5572NIPreceptorship I5 Credits

    This course provides opportunities to apply knowledge and skills from advanced nursing role, theory, research and neonatal clinical courses to the advanced therapeutic management of high-risk neonates. This is the first of two preceptorship courses. The other course, NURSE 5572II, can be taken concurrently or in consecutive semesters. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic measures within a conceptual framework or model applying findings from research relevant to comprehensive care of neonates. The client system will be the neonate and family.

  • NURSE 5598/9Directed Research3 Credits

    Individual research project for students to utilize beginning research skills in designing and conducting independent studies under the direction of the faculty.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

Want to learn more?