Public Health with Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

UVA offers a program that combines our Public Health Nursing Leadership concentration with preparation as either a Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. This combined program emphasizes the health status and health delivery systems of communities and to design nursing interventions to better manage care in complex settings. Courses provide the required knowledge and expertise needed to plan, implement, and evaluate care in pupulations settings, including public health departments, schools, home health agencies, and community nursing clinics. Care management strategies to assure continuity of health service delivery for individuals and groups at the local and global level are emphasized.

The MSN in Public Health Nursing Leadership/Primary Care NP is partially online and partially live. Class sessions for these online courses meet 'live' at the University twice per term. The Nurse Practitioner courses are offered in Charlottesville one day a week.

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 Public Health Nursing Leadership with Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program in as little as 21 months. Part-time study is also available.

Please note: The combined PHNL/Primary Care NP curriculum is designed for students who intend to complete the requirements for either family or pediatric nurse practitioner certification. Students, therefore, must indicate their commitment to the entire program when they accept an offer of admission. If students are unsure about their desire or ability to complete the requirements for the combined PHL/Primary Care NP program, they should apply to the Public Health Leadership MSN Program.

Pam Kulbok
Pamela Kulbok, Program Coordinator
Kathryn McEldowney
Kathy McEldowney, Administrative Assistant

Program Coordinators:  PHNL: Pamela Kulbok, DNSc, RN; (434)924-0128; Primary Care NP: Amy Boitnott, DNP, FNP-BC, PNP-BC, RN; (434) 924-982-1094;
Direct all questions on admissions and financial aid to Assistant Dean Clay Hysell (434) 924-0141,


Students complete 600 clinical hours in primary care in a variety of settings (local, state, and private health locations). Clinical hours for the Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner programs are in a variety of settings and focus on the assessment and delivery of primary care to underserved populations.

All students in the FNP or PNP programs complete one half clinical requirement (300 hours) in a primary care setting outside of Albemarle County in order to develop experience with rural health care.


Pediatric NP students are qualified to sit for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification from either the Pediatric Nurses Certification Board or the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Students are qualified to sit for Family Nurse Practitioner certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

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 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 a total of three satisfactory recommendations (academic, professional, and clinical), one of which should be from an APRN.
  • 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 to the PHNL/NP programs should have at least 1 year of fulltime RN experience. This experience is required before enrolling in several courses: GNUR 6020 (Advanced Pharmacology), GNUR 6025 (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.

Application deadline: November 1 for fall entry

*Submission of scores from the Graduate Record Examintion (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.  


A competitive candidate for the Public Health / Nurse Practitioner program 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 membership in a national nursing professional organization (preferably in the applicant's practice area);
  • Exhibit 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 the pathway to obtaining one or more certifications;
  • Excellent writing skills.

Downloads, Program of Study, and Links

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 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,