Best Colleges for Neonatal Nursing: List of Top Schools

Neonatal nursing is a specialty field within pediatric nurse practitioner programs, which may be offered as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or as a post-master's certificate program. Two of the top schools that offer neonatal nursing programs include the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and Vanderbilt University (VU).

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Top Neonatal Nursing Programs

1. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

Penn is a private research university established in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin. It boasts a fifth place ranking in U.S. News and World Report's 2011 list of top national universities. The neonatal nurse practitioner master's program is open to registered nurses (RNs) with two years experience in neonatal intensive care. The 1-year program offers courses in high-risk neonatal care and theory, pediatric pharmacology and developmental physiology. Penn's School of Nursing was named the third best U.S. graduate school for nursing in 2007 by U.S. News and World Report.

Contact Information

  • Address: One College Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • Phone Number: (215) 898-5000

2. Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

VU was founded in 1873 by American shipping and railroad entrepreneur, Cornelius Vanderbilt. In 2011, this private research university was ranked 17th among the nation's best colleges by U.S. News and World Report. VU's School of Nursing also placed 19th in the magazine's 2007 national ranking of top graduate nursing programs.

The school offers a neonatal nursing practitioner program leading to a post-master's certificate program. Applicants must have an MSN and at least two years experience with high-risk newborns. Graduates of the program are qualified to work in newborn nurseries, intermediate care nurseries and neonatal intensive care nurseries. The program is also offered in a distance-learning format through weekend and online courses.

Contact Information

  • Address: 2101 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37240
  • Phone Number: (615) 322-7311

List of Good U.S. Schools with Programs in Neonatal Nursing

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
Arizona State University 68,064 Tempe, AZ 85287 (480) 965-9011
The University of Texas at Austin 50,995 Austin, TX 78712 (512) 471-3434
University of Florida 50,691 355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611 (352) 392-3261
University of Utah 29,284 201 Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 (801) 581-7200
East Carolina University 27,654 East Fifth St., Greenville, NC 27858 (252) 328-6131
Northeastern University 27,537 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115 (617) 373-2000
Wayne State University 31,786 656 W. Kirby S., Detroit, MI 48202 (313) 577-2424
Stony Brook University 24,681 Stony Brook, NY 11794 (631) 632-6000
University of Pennsylvania 24,599 One College Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 898-5000
University of Louisville 21,016 2301 S. Third St., Louisville, KT 40292 (502) 852-5555
University of Alabama at Birmingham 16,874 1530 Third Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35294 (205) 934-4011
University of Missouri - Kansas City 14,799 5100 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, MI 64110 (816) 235-1000
Baylor University 14,614 500 Speight Ave., Waco, Texas 76798 (254) 710-1011
University of South Alabama 14,522 307 N. University Blvd., Mobile, AL 36688 (251) 460-6101
Duke University 14,350 Durham, NC 27708 (919) 684-2813
Vanderbilt University 12,506 2101 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37240 (615) 322-7311
Creighton University 7,385 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178 (402) 280-2700
Thomas Jefferson University 3,326 1020 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 955-6000
University of California - San Francisco 3,119 500 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94143 (415) 476-9000
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at New Orleans 2,644433 Bolivar St., New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 568-4808
Medical University of South Carolina 2,513 179 Ashley Ave., Charleston, SC 29425 (843) 792-2300
The University of Texas Medical Branch 2,430 301 University Blvd., Galveston, Texas 77555 (409) 772-1011
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing 507 511 N.E. Greenleaf St., Peoria, IL 61603 (309) 655-2201
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