This Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Practice Nursing (GCPAPN) offers an opportunity for nurses who have earned a graduate degree in nursing (MN, DNP or PhD) to develop the knowledge and skills needed to provide care to low and high-risk neonates, on a continuum from well infants to infants with acute and chronic health problems, and their families.
Students admitted to the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) specialty must have a minimum of two years of practice experience in a critical care environment where high-risk neonatal care is provided prior to beginning clinical coursework. The setting is typically, but not always, a level III NICU. Neonatal Nurse Practitioner graduates are eligible to apply for certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the National Certification Corporation (NCC).
The program takes 15 months. The curriculum will be individualized for GCPAPN students, but will require completion of the core graduate NNP curriculum. All NNP graduate certificate courses are offered with distance learning support, making the program accessible to students who live outside of the Seattle area and to local students with limited availability during the week. Students who live outside of Washington State should contact the NNP faculty lead prior to applying to discuss clinical placement options.