• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    24
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00
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.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Applicants must have the equivalent of 2 years of full-time clinical practice experience (within the last 5 years) as a RN in the care of critically ill neonates or infants with the majority of experience being in a level III or level IV NICU.
  2. 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.
  3. MSN from a college or university nationally recognized by a nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or AACN).
  4. The GPA required for admission is a minimum of 3.2 for their MSN.
  5. Current unencumbered Missouri licensure or unencumbered licensure in the state in which the student completes clinical requirements.
  6. 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.
  7. Personal interviews are required.
  8. 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.

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Application Deadlines

Early Decision Acceptance
October 15
Regular Acceptance
February 15

Courses

Core
  • NURSE 5547NAdvanced Assessment of the Neonate3 Credits

    This course is designed to provide a systematic approach to advanced assessment of physiological, psychological, sociocultural, 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 prenatal, genetic and embryological factors impacting neonatal health and development. This three credit hour course consists of two hours of didactic / discussion per week and forty hours of clinical/lab per semester.

  • NURSE 5548Advanced Pathophysicology Across the Lifespan (if needed)3 Credits

    Advanced pathophysiology is the study of the alterations of normal physiological functioning in cellular, tissue, organ and organ systems. These alterations form the basis for understanding a variety of pathophysiological conditions and the manifestations and impact of abnormal physiological functioning on clients across the life-span. Advanced pathophysiology deals with both generalized processes and major organ system dysfunctions. This course consists of three hours of lecture/discussion per week and individual self study.

  • 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 5549NPharmacology for 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 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 5572NIPreceptorship I (300 clinical hours)5 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 5572NIIPreceptorship II (300 clinical hours)5 Credits

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.

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