Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Programs in West Virginia - WV | Certification | Education

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program in West Virginia - WV

Neonatal nurse practitioner programs in West Virginia are intended for registered nurses who already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree. All neonatal nurse practitioner programs in West Virginia are considered graduate education, and in order to fulfill the state’s requirements for advanced practice, one must possess a master’s degree, post-master’s certificate or doctoral degree. Credit hours range from 25 to 50 depending upon the degree one is seeking and one’s educational background upon admission to a graduate program.

Courses common to neonatal studies include neonatal pathophysiology, neonatal pharmacology, neonatal assessment, neonatal health promotion, and a neonatal practicum. It is in the practicum that students get the chance to put into practical use the skills and knowledge obtained in the classroom. Most practicums in West Virginia neonatal nurse practitioner programs account for 500 to 600 clinical hours.

Sites for practicums in West Virginia are usually medical facilities or institutions, such as the Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia University Children’s Hospital in Morgantown, Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, Women and Children’s Hospital in Charleston, Saint Mary's Medical Center in Huntington,  Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown and Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington. Other possibilities for practicums include outpatient clinics and other community settings.

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