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Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist

*Special Notice
Adult-Gerontology or Neonatal) applicants may request to waive the entrance exam requirement (GRE or MAT) if they have either (1) an earned baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher or (2) earned a minimum of 9 semester credits of graduate level coursework from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of "B" or higher. If you qualify, please email the Concentration Director ( and include copy of your unofficial transcript for review and consideration.

The Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration prepares nurses for an advanced practice nursing role from wellness to acute care. Nationally approved clinical nurse specialist competencies are the basis of the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on providing students with advanced theoretical knowledge and practice skills needed to improve patient care, nursing and the organizational systems in the neonatal population. This option provides preparation in the roles of clinician, educator, clinical consultant, researcher, program planner and leader. The 43-semester hour curriculum includes core courses, clinical core courses and concentration courses.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration prepares nursing professionals to be expert clinicians who provide direct patient care as well as population level care, meaning they implement changes that improve outcomes for entire categories of patients in a given health care setting.

The following faculty members will be your instructors as you move through the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration:

The curriculum plans referenced below are only a suggested course sequence. The documents outline typical full-time and part-time courses of study. Once admitted to the program, students will develop a plan of study with their advisor.

Curriculum Plan
Post-Master's Curriculum Plan

For more information, please visit the ECU Graduate Catalog.

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