Creighton’s CNS program will prepare you as an expert in the theory and practice of neonatal nursing. Throughout this program you will be prepared to become a resource for neonatal nurses, NNPs, and other care providers. We will prepare you to establish and evaluate standards of patient care within a unit; to assess and identify educational needs of the family, nursery, and community; to design and implement appropriate educational programs on the basis of identified needs; to provide consultation to others in the nursery, hospital, or community; and to initiate research projects, by participating in data collection, and implementing changes on the basis of research findings. In this program you will develop outcomes projects that monitor and evaluate the efficacy of treatments, and initiate quality improvement activities in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our curriculum combines both broad foundational knowledge essential for the care of neonates as a vulnerable population, as well as specialty knowledge in high-risk neonatal care. The curriculum focuses on the management of acute and chronic diseases, including health promotion for pregnancy, follow-up care of newborns, and the concepts of family-centered and developmental care.
MSN program- Students are required to complete 675 hours of directly supervised clinical practice which includes a 300 hour residency. The 43 hour masters program can be completed in five semesters of full-time study or may be pursued part-time.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. As soon as an application is complete, it will be forwarded on to members of the Graduate Admissions and Progressions Committee and will reviewed at the next scheduled committee meeting. An admission decision will be made and applicants will be notified promptly.
Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing (or Master's degree if post-Masters) from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. New graduates are eligible to apply with no prior work experience. However, before enrolling in courses, all applicants must submit copy of their current, unencumbered RN License. Students must meet all admissions requirements, including a course in statistics and Physical Assessment.