As advanced practitioners, FNPs develop strong relationships with their patients, families and communities to provide holistic care, focusing on health education and coordinating services.
As the U.S. health care system shifts to “wellness care,” rather than “illness care," FNPs occupy a critical and expanding role. With a curriculum that builds on the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the bachelor's prepared nurse, the FNP program - available as either a master’s or post-master’s degree - emphasizes patient, family and community relationships in a primary care setting. UVA's program places particular emphasis on understanding the specific healthcare needs of underserved and rural communities, in addition to preparing seasoned RNs in primary care-related skills from pathophysiology, disease identification and management and health promotion.
Who is the FNP for?
This program offers baccalaureate-educated nurses with at least one year of full-time RN experience the opportunity to advance their practice. Nurses with advanced degrees like the FNP tend to enjoy greater professional mobility, receive better compensation, and often rise quickly and competently into leadership positions within clinics and hospitals.
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:
With a curriculum that builds on the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the BSN-prepared nurse, full-time students begin study in the fall, and complete the FNP program in 21 months, including summer session in year one. Students complete only didactic courses for the first two semesters and summer (with classes on Thurs. and Fri. each week) and in the second year of study (with classes only on Thurs.). During this second year students enroll in two preceptorships (GNUR 5690 and GNUR 5710).
Plan of study
Clinical placement sites sites are assigned based upon optimal learning experiences, students' requests, and availability. In order to develop experience in and proficiency with rural health care and with underserved populations, students are assigned to at least one preceptorship site at a distance from Charlottesville/Albemarle County at a rich variety of clinical assignments in central, southwest and southside Virginia. Students seeking clinical opportunities in othe rareas of Virginia may be asked asked to locate their own clinical sites.
Students complete 672 clinical hours in the FNP program, most in two semester-long preceptorships in the final two semesters of enrollment (GNUR 5690 and GNUR 5710).
Graduate nursing students are required to have a laptop. Additionally, students in the advanced practice programs (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.