What if a learner comes to an NRP course without having taking the online examination?

As a general rule, instructors who deny admission to students who have not successfully passed the online examination will achieve good compliance with pre-course examination and enjoy the benefit of learners who are prepared to spend course time with hands-on skills and simulation training.

Health care professionals who are inexperienced perinatal or neonatal providers will have difficulty with hands-on skills and resuscitation scenarios if the online examination has not been completed as part of the course learning.They should not be admitted to the course as a participant.

Rarely, an instructor must use his or her own discretion and make an exception to the rule.Health care professionals who have many years of NRP courses behind them may be able to do well with hands-on skills without having completed the online examination; however, they do not achieve NRP provider status until the instructor receives the examination verification of the online examination.The instructor must be willing to wait for the learner to submit the online examination verification before submitting a Course Completion Roster and giving the learner an NRP Provider Card.The learner has up to 1 month from the date of the NRP course to submit his or her online examination verification. (The instructor may set the examination deadline for a shorter time period than 1 month, if desired).In this case, the instructor must be willing to spend the extra time and effort to keep track of this learner’s progress and potentially submit a different online course roster with a different course completion date for this learner.Allowing the learner to take the course without having completed the online examination should happen only on rare occasions, and should not be presented as a routine option for learners. 

(September 2014)