NICU Verification

AAP NICU Verification Program

The AAP NICU Verification Program improves outcomes for high-risk newborns by supporting a system that ensures every high-risk newborn receives care in a facility with the personnel and resources appropriate for the newborn's needs.



The AAP NICU Verification Program was created to achieve the best possible outcomes by ensuring that every high risk newborn is cared for in a facility with the personnel and resources appropriate for the infant’s needs and condition. The AAP embraces the importance of a multi-disciplinary, family-centered approach to NICU patient care. 

The AAP NICU Verification Program is designed to review a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to verify whether it meets the standards for a specific level of care. The AAP is the leading authority on this topic as the author of the policy statement, Levels of Neonatal Care

The AAP has served as an approved survey agency for the state of Texas since 2016. NICUs (Levels II, III, and IV) were reviewed based on standards defined by Texas Administrative Code (Texas Title 25, Chapter 133), which were based on the AAP policy statement. The AAP continues to survey NICUs in Texas and is also equipped to provide review and consultation to NICUs across the country.  

Survey team

The survey team consists of experienced and credentialed neonatologists, neonatal nurses, and pediatric surgeons who are in active practice. Surveyors are selected based on their expertise, and receive training from members of a Leadership Team who work to ensure a high quality and consistent program. 

The AAP NICU Verification Program Process
Our program is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Submit a preliminary application.
    This application provides basic contact information and identifies the NICU’s desired level of care. 
  2. Complete a Pre-Review Questionnaire (PRQ).
    The AAP sends the facility a PRQ, which the facility completes within 90 days of receipt.
    The AAP identifies surveyors with the appropriate clinical expertise and without conflicts of interest, and the survey team reviews the information prior to the site visit. 
  3. Host a multidisciplinary survey team for a site visit.
    The AAP survey team submits a summary report to the facility approximately 30 days following the site visit. This report may then be submitted the state Department of Health, as required.
Rates are based on the level of survey needed (Level II, Level III, Level IV). Contact Rick Rooney for information about fees. 

​American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics is a non-profit professional organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists (including 3,200 neonatologists), and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. 

Since 1937, the AAP Committee on Fetus and Newborn has been devoted to improving the care and survival of our most vulnerable newborns through the development of policy statements, including Levels of Neonatal Care, to define the most appropriate environment and care for newborns. The AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, formed in 1975, educates pediatricians and neonatologists on the best practices in caring for newborns and infants.