Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Block Schedule & Textbooks

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

VUSN reserves the right through its established procedures to change this schedule as course requirements dictate.

For questions contact Specialty Director Karen D’Apolito or by phone: 615-343-2682

2019 - 2020 Block Schedule

New students, please remember mandatory orientation on August 19-20 . Students moving from the Pre-Specialty year into the Specialty year are only required to attend the afternoon session (beginning at 1 PM) on August 20.

Fall 2019

Date Time Course Location
Wednesday, August 21 8am-4pm N6605 TBA
Thursday, August 22 9am-5pm N6605 TBA
Friday, August 23 9am-12pm
Saturday, August 24 9:00-12:00pm N6602 TBA
Sunday, August 25 8:00-5:00pm N6605 TBA
Thursday, October 24 8am-5pm N6605 TBA
Friday, October 25 8am-12pm
Saturday, October 26 8am-5pm N6610 TBA
Sunday, October 27 8am-5pm N6610 TBA
Thursday, November 21 8am-3pm N6602 TBA
Friday, November 22 8am-4pm N6610 TBA
Saturday, November 23 8am-5pm N6614 TBA

Spring 2020

Date Time Course Location
Tuesday January 7 12:15-4pm Poverty Simulation TBA
Wednesday, January 8 8am-12pm
Thursday, January 9 9am-12pm
Friday, January 10 9am-5pm N6620 TBA
Saturday, January 11 8am-4pm N6620 TBA
Monday, Feb 3 8am-5pm N6620 TBA
Tuesday, Feb 4 8am-5pm N6620 TBA
Wednesday, Feb 5 8am-5pm N6620 TBA
Thursday, Feb 6 9am-5pm N6624 TBA
Friday, Feb 7 9am-5pm N6624  
Saturday, Feb 8 8am-12pm

Summer 2020

Date Time Course Location
Monday, May 4 9am-12pm N6695  (remote)

2018 - 2019 Block Schedule

Summer 2019

Date Time Course Location
Monday, April 29 9:00am-11:00am N6695 Online orientation 

Additional Information (subject to change)
Fall clinical rotation 2018: August 27 – December 7 
Spring clinical rotation 2019: February 9 – April 20
Summer clinical rotation, 2019: April 4 – August 4


FALL 2019

Course Number Course Name Instructor Required Materials Recommended Materials
6602 Developmental/Neonatal Physiology Karen D'Apolito, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC Nussbaum, R., McLnnes., R., Willard, H., & Hamosh, A., (2016). Thompson & Thompson Genetics in Medicine, Philadelphia: Saunders. 8th Edition. ISBN: 978-1437706963

Jnah, A., & Trembath, A., (2019). Fetal and Neonatal Physiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse. New York: Springer publisher. ISBN: 978-0-8261-5731-7

Moore, K., Persaud, T., & Torchia, M., (2016). The developing human: Clinically oriented embryology, 10th Edition). Elsevier.
ISBN: 978-0-323-31338-4
6605 Advanced Neonatal Health Assessment Nancy Kraft, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC Tappero, E., & Honeyfield, M. (2018). 6th Edition. Physical assessment of the newborn: A comprehensive approach to the art of physical examination. New York: Springer Publishing Company,LLC. ISBN: 978-0-8261-7443-7.
e-book ISBN: 978-0-8261-7451-2
Aby, J.L. (2014). The newborn book: Significance of physical findings in the neonate. Book Villages, PO Box 64526. Colorado Springs, CO  80962
ISBN: 978-1-93851-227-8
  • Also available in Kindle form from Amazon. ASIN: B01KLA9L1W


6610 Neonatal Nursing Birth Through 2 Years of Age Patti Scott, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, C-NPT Burns, C., (2016). Pediatric Primary Care, 6yh edition), Elsevier/Saunders. ISBN: 978-0323243384

Gleason, C., & Juul., S., (2018). Avery's Diseases of the Newborn, (10th Edition), Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0323401395

Wittmer, D., & Peterson, S., (S)., 2018). Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning: A relationship-based approach, (4th Edition). Pearson Education, Inc.

6614 Neonatal Pathophysiology & Management I Patti Scott, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, C-NPT Kolwrko., V., Poindexter, B., & Uauy., R., (2014). Nutritional care of the preterm infant- Scientific basis and practical guidelines. Germany: Karger. ISBN: 978-1437701340

Gleason, C., & Juul., S., (2018). Avery's Diseases of the Newborn, (10th Edition), Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0323401395

2018-2021 Red Book – American Academy of Pediatrics, 31st Edition. ISBN: 978-1610021463

Neofax Essentials, On Line.