Prepares the student to be an advanced practice nurse and assume the roles of clinician, educator and researcher, as well as clinical consultant and clinical leader.
Who is the AGCNS for?
Nurses seeking preparation for the care of acute and chronically ill adults at the master’s or post-master's level. Applicants should have at least one year of full-time RN experience before entering the program.
Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive and based on evaluation of all portions of the application. To be considered for the Master of Science in Nursing, applicants must submit a completed application and:
Applicants to the advanced practice programs (CNS and NP) must have at least one year of full-time RN experience before entering the program. A minimum of one year of full-time, relevant clinical nursing experience is necessary before enrolling in GNUR 6020 (Advanced Pharmacology), GNUR 6025 (Advanced Health Assessment), and the clinical practica.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Submission of GRE scores is optional. If you wish to submit your scores, UVA's Institutional Code is R-5820. The School of Nursing accepts GRE scores that are more than five years old (please submit a copy of the student report).
A competitive candidate for admission would have the following at the time of application:
Steps to apply
Tuition and financial aid
|What's special about the UVA School of Nursing?
Faculty and staff provide exceptional support to UVA nursing students.
|||Benefits of studying nursing at UVA
Medical center at UVA draws diverse patients.
The AGCNS may be combined with other academic programs:
Professional nursing standards and guidelines incorporated in the curriculum: The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011).
Plan of study
Class schedule (full-time)
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 clinical practica are generally Monday to Wednesday, or as the individual's schedule allows.
Students complete 560 clinical hours, divided evenly between GNUR 7311 and GNUR 7312. The first clinical course (GNUR 7311) is generally completed at the top-ranked UVA Medical Center, which adjoins the School of Nursing. The UVA Medical Center -- a 590-bed, Level I trauma center with 6 adult ICUs -- provides an excellent clinical site with a wealth of professional and technological resources. The second practicum (GNUR 7312) may be completed at another facility in Virginia with prior arrangement of the clinical coordinator.
The individual student determines his or her specialization focus (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 an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP). In such cases, students should expect additional clinical hours, and will receive individual faculty advisement.
All graduate nursing students are required to have a laptop. Additionally, students in advanced practice tracks (CNS and NP) are required to have a smartphone (Apple or Android). Information on the laptop and smartphone requirements will be sent to enrolling students in the summer before classes begin.