University of South Alabama College of Nursing
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Traditional DNP, BSN-DNP and Post-Graduate Certificate to DNP

The Department of Health and Human Services has funded a nearly $900,000 proposal to provide a new BSN to DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program or BSN to DNP Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program (ACPNP).

Graduates of the NNP program will earn a DNP degree and be eligible to sit for the National Certification Corporation NNP exam.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has set a 2015 date for full implementation of the DNP as the entry level for advanced practice.

Requirements for Admission:
The requirements for admission to the DNP program are located on
the DNP Home Page and in the University of South Alabama Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin.

While NNOP/DNP classes are taught online, all students enrolled in MCN 568 (first NNOP clinical course), are required to attend a mandatory two (2) day orientation. Attendance is required and will allow for questions and interaction with course faculty. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation.

Students enrolled in the NNP program are required to complete clinical hours with a qualified preceptor. The College of Nursing has contracts with agencies in many areas of the U.S. Please review our clinical affiliations list on the College of Nursing website, Clinical Agencies,. to determine if we already have an agreement with an agency in your area where you can complete your clinical hours. If we do not have an agreement with an agency in your geographical location, please contact Dr. Penni Huffman at prior to submitting your application.



MSN-DNP for Advanced Nursing Practice Roles

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Spring Entry

MSN-DNP Adding New Certification in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

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Course descriptions are available in the University of South Alabama Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin.



For additional information related to the specialty, please contact:

Dr. Penni Huffman


This project is supported in part by funds from the Division of Nursing (DN), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number D09HP14826-01-00 for Online DNP for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner/Acute Care Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner Program for $861,312.00.  The information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the Division of Nursing, BHPr, DHHS or the U.S. Government.

For Additional Information

DNP Essentials

If you have any further questions about the application process, contact the college of nursing at or 251-445-9412.

Office of Graduate Studies
USA College of Nursing - HAHN 3086
5721 USA Drive N.
Mobile AL 36688-0002
(251) 445-9400
Fax 251-445-9416

The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 887-6791


University of South Alabama - Mobile Alabama 36688-0002 (251) 445-9400
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