Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The University of Virginia prepares Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) either within the master’s degree program or as a post-master's certificate. The FNP is an advanced practice role that provides direct patient care in a primary care setting. Family Health Nurse Practitioners emphasize quality relationships with patients, families and communities, education of patients and families, and coordination of services aimed at specific health outcomes.

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

Full-time students begin study in the fall semester, and complete the program in 21 months. Students complete only didactic courses for the first two semesters and summer - with classes on Thursday/Friday (in year one). In the second year of study, there are didactic course on Thursdays only. During this second year you would enroll in two preceptorships (GNUR 5690 and GNUR 5710).

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 Family Nurse Practitioner track. You can read more about the BSN-DNP option here.

Amy Boitnott
Amy Boitnott, Program Coordinator

Jackie Oswalt
Jackie Oswalt, Administrative Assistant

Program Coordinator: Amy Boitnott, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, PNP-BC; (434) 982-1094;
Direct all questions on admissions and financial aid to Assistant Dean Clay Hysell (434) 924-0141,


Students complete 600 clinical hours in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Most of these hours are completed in two semester-long preceptorships taken in the final two semesters of enrollment (GNUR 5690 and GNUR 5710).

Clinical placement sites sites are assigned based upon optimal learning experiences, student requests, and availability. In order to develop experience in rural health care with underserved populations, students are assigned to at least one preceptorship site distant from Charlottesville/Albemarle County. Most of our clinical assignments are in Central, Southwest and Southside Virginia. Students seeking clinical opportunities in other areas of Virginia may be asked to locate their own clinical sites.


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'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 a minumum of 1 year of full-time RN experience before enrolling in the program.   Experience is required for many of the classes in the program including 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 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. 

A competitive candidate for admission to the Family 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 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 our 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,