Neonatal APRN Certificate

The transition of birth is often fraught for even the most robust babies. For those who have a difficult time in their early life, modern medicine provides intensive and rapidly-evolving care for our smallest patients and their families alike.

About the Program

We prepare you to care for newborn infants who arrive with a variety of medical needs, such as prematurity, birth defects, substance abuse problems, infections, and a variety of chronic conditions. While the neonatal period describes the first month after birth, often times these babies will be sick for much longer, requiring lengthy stretches of care to address the challenges laid upon them at delivery. You’ll learn to care for infants until discharge and beyond, working with family and support groups to ensure the best quality of life for the tiny ones in their care.

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Program Information

Part-Time

Program Length

15 months

Financial aid available?

No

Start Semester

Year round

Learning Format

In-person *

Although this program is in-person, to accommodate the busy schedules of our students some courses will be offered in an online or hybrid format. All clinical experiences for this program are in-person on Penn’s campus or at affiliated clinical sites.

Program Details

Curriculum

We prepare you to care for newborn infants who arrive with a variety of medical needs, such as prematurity, birth defects, substance abuse problems, infections, and a variety of chronic conditions. While the neonatal period describes the first month after birth, often times these babies will be sick for much longer, requiring lengthy stretches of care to address the challenges laid upon them at delivery. You’ll learn to care for infants until discharge and beyond, working with family and support groups to ensure the best quality of life for the tiny ones in their care.

We also collaborate with faculty and students in other pediatric graduate programs, increasing the breadth of your exposure to the field and providing you experiences available no where else.

Requirements

Minimum qualifications for the program

BSN and MSN with a minimum GPA of 3.0

Licensure

RN 

Experience

Minimum of two years full-time RN experience (post-orientation) in a level III-IV NICU within the last 3-5 years. Delivery room experience is encouraged but not required.

International Applicants

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Application Deadlines

2024 Enrollment Deadline: March 15, 2024

Latest Decision Notification:
Summer start: mid-April
Fall start: mid-May

*Dates subject to change without notice.

Costs & Tuition

Your program costs will depend on how many course units (CU) you take per semester.

Every student’s living situation and personal expenses are different, but below are the projected academic year Summer and Fall/Spring costs per CU. These can be multiplied by the total number of CUs in your part-time plan of study to estimate the total cost of a program:

School of Nursing certificate programs are not eligible for federal aid. However, some tuition assistance may be available to you via alternative loan programs, please follow this link to find out more: https://srfs.upenn.edu/financial-aid/loans/private-alternative. Students can always apply for personal loans through their bank.

Students can also sign up for a payment plan if they do not have tuition reimbursement from their employer or if they can’t pay their bill in full. The link for the Penn Payment Plan is: Penn Payment Plan | Penn Student Registration & Financial Services| Penn SRFS (upenn.edu).

Program Outcomes

  • Perform a comprehensive and systematic assessment of health and illness parameters in complex situations for the neonate.
  • To diverse, social determinant, and culturally-sensitive approaches with an understanding of physiologic processes of aging and stress that impact alterations of health to accurately assess, diagnose, manage, and evaluate neonates for optimal health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate interprofessional collaborative practices and strong communication skills to develop and sustain therapeutic relationships and partnerships with neonate population (family or groups).

  • Demonstrate systems thinking and clinical decision making to design, deliver and evaluate evidence-based nursing practice and population health interventions for the neonate individuals or populations to improve outcomes.
  • Educate and support neonate population (family or groups) through complex health and situational transitions.
  • Promote sustainable evidence-based practice, health policy, fiscal resources and scholarly research for care of the neonate population (family or groups).

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