Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The University of Virginia prepares Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNPs) either within the master’s program or post-master's certificate. The AGACNP is an advanced practice nurse who is prepared to manage patients in acute care, critical care and specialty care units and clinics.

AGACNPs deliver care along the continuum of critical, acute and chronic care. Emphasis is placed on providing the student with the advanced theoretical knowledge and practice skills needed to manage acutely ill patients through all phases of their hospitalization and clinical follow-up. Diagnostic and clinical decision-making, preparation for prescriptive authority, collaboration with physicians and managing and monitoring clinical outcomes are covered. Evidenced-based practice, teaching and clinical research are also emphasized.

The curriculum builds on both the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the bachelor's prepared nurse.

Full-time students can complete the MSN in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 21 months. In the first year, the student has didactic classes on Thursdays and Fridays (in the fall and spring). In the second year, the didactic component is on Thursday, and clinicals are generally Monday-Wednesday.

Students in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP program can pursue Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing specialty preparation. Students in this program complete two didactic courses in WOCN, as well as an additional preceptorship specifically in WOC nursing. This would enable you to sit for AWOCN certification following program completion.

BSN-to-DNP pathway: The UVA School of Nursing offers a DNP specialty track for those with BSN or Generalist MSN degrees who with to pursue the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track.  You can read more about the BSN-DNP option here.

Audrey Snyder

Audrey Snyder, Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator:  Audrey Snyder, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAANP; (434) 924-0094,
Direct all questions on admissions and financial aid to Assistant Dean Clay Hysell, (434) 924-0141,


Students complete 560 clinical hours, divided evenly between GNUR 7311 and GNUR 7312. The first clinical course (GNUR 7311) is completed at the UVA Medical Center. The Medical Center adjoins the School of Nursing. UVA Medical Center, is a 590-bed, Level I trauma center with 6 adult ICUs. It provides an excellent clinical cite with a wealth of professional and technological resources. The second practicum (GNUR 7312) may be completed at another facility in Virginia with prior arrangement or the program director.

In the second practicum the individual student may focus on a specialty (ie: cardiology, ER/trauma, digestive health, nephrology, wound/ostomy/continence, neurology or neuro-surgery, general surgery, pulmonary, transplant, oncology, etc). The acute care graduate program can accommodate students interested in preparing for more than one specialty and/or preparation as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).  In such cases, students should expect additional clinical hours, and will receive individual faculty advisement.


At the completion of the ACNP program (MSN degree or post-master's certificate), the student is qualified to sit for the ANCC or AACN certification examination for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP).

Admission Requirements

Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive and based on evaluation of all portions of the application. To be considered for the Master's of Science in Nursing, applicants must submit a completed application and:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate study.
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse in the US, with eligibility to transfer your license to Virginia.   All matriculating students who are not active-duty military nurses must have a Virginia RN license before the first day of classes.
  • Submit three satisfactory academic and professional recommendations. One of these letters should be from an APN.
  • Submit a copy of your resume or C.V.
  • Have completed an undergraduate or graduate statistics course within the past 5 years.
  • Be available for an interview if requested.
  • International applicants have additional admissions requirements.

Note: Applicants should have at least 1 year of full-time RN experience before enrolling in the program. Experience is required for many of the classes including GNUR 6020 (Advanced Pharmacology), GNUR 6030 (Advanced Health Assessment),  and the clinical practica.

Technology requirements: All graduate nursing students are required to have a laptop. Students in the advanced practice programs (CNS and NP) are required to have a smartphone (Apple or Android) in addition. Information on the laptop and smartphone requirements will be sent to enrolling students in the summer before classes begin.

*Submission of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional.  If you want to have GRE scores sent to the University, the institutional code is R-5820.  The School of Nursing accepts GRE scores that are more than 5 years old. If you have your 'older' scores, you may submit a copy of the Student Report. 

Application deadline: November 1 for fall entry


A competitive candidate for admission would have the following at the time of application: 

  • BSN GPA of 3.25 or higher;
  • More than one year of relevant, full-time RN experience;
  • Active member of a national nursing organization (preferably in applicant’s practice area);
  • Exhibiting leadership behaviors in a nursing practice setting (mentoring other nurses, participating in unit or hospital-based leadership teams, engaged in practice change and evidence-based practice projects);
  • Possess a clinical certification, or on pathway to obtaining one or more certifications;
  • Excellent writing skills.

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For More Information

For additional information on admission to and programs of study at the UVA School of Nursing, please complete the online inquiry form. You are also welcome to call the Office of Admissions and Student Services at (434) 924-0141 / (888) 283-8703.

Questions on admissions and financial aid should be directed to Clay Hysell, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid,