Course Questions

What is the recommended instructor-to-participant ratio for the NRP Provider Course?

Because of the need to evaluate performance skills of course participants, one instructor for every three to four participants is recommended.

What course materials are needed to instruct a Provider Course?

The required instructional materials are:

  • Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation, 6th Edition
  • Instructor Manual for Neonatal Resuscitation, 5th Edition
  • Knowledge of Simulation and Debriefing skills through viewing the NRP Instructor DVD: An Interactive Tool for the Facilitation of Simulation-based Learning (Note: The NRP Instructor DVD is for instructor self-study, not classroom presentation)
  • Necessary course forms

What are the 6th Edition Provider Course components?

Providers are required to self-study the Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation, 6th Edition, and complete the online examination through HealthStream within 30 days before attending a Provider Course.

Instructor-learner contact is focused on interactive learning, immersive simulation, and constructive debriefing. The course consists of the Performance Skills Station, an Integrated Skills Station, and Simulation and Debriefing.

  • The Performance Skills Station provides an opportunity to practice or review technical hands-on resuscitation skills with instructor assistance.
  • The Integrated Skills Station allows the instructor to facilitate more than one scenario and evaluate the learner's readiness for simulation and debriefing. The instructor will not coach, assist, or interrupt during a scenario.
  • Simulation and Debriefing is now a required component of an NRP course. It provides team members with a safe setting in which to integrate cognitive and technical skills and focus on team communication and patient safety.

Do course participants automatically receive continuing education credits for attending an NRP course?

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) developed the course materials, they do not automatically grant continuing education credits for NRP courses. There are several reasons for this. The organization jointly sponsoring the activity must be involved in all stages of planning. With more than 24,000 NRP instructors conducting courses throughout the world, it would be impossible for either the Academy or the AHA to meet this requirement. In addition, the number of actual hours spent in the course can vary significantly, depending on the format used by the course directors. Consequently, the instructors seeking joint sponsorship of their NRP courses must work with accredited organizations closer to home, such as the continuing education department of a hospital, medical school, nursing school, or state medical or nursing organization.

Do NRP courses certify the learner as proficient in performing neonatal resuscitation?

The Neonatal Resuscitation Programâ„¢ is an educational program that introduces the concepts and basic skills of neonatal resuscitation. Completion of the program does not imply that an individual has the competence to perform neonatal resuscitation. Each hospital is responsible for determining the level of competence and qualifications required for someone to assume clinical responsibility for neonatal resuscitation.

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