Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) master's degree

As advanced practitioners, FNPs develop strong relationships with their patients, families and communities to provide holistic care, focusing on health education and coordinating services.

  • 21 months to degree (FT), 32 months (PT)
  • 50 credits (26 to 37 credits for post-master’s certificate)
  • Graduates eligible for FNP certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • 672 clinical hours
  • Application deadline: Nov. 1 for entry the following fall
    (notification by Feb. 1)


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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.


  • Full- and part-time programs available, each with flexible schedules;
  • Access to world-class faculty, cutting-edge research and top-of-the-line clinical facilities;
  • More than 600 hours of clinical experiences at a host of dynamic sites throughout the Commonwealth;
  • A chance to specialize as part of the extended clinical practicum;
  • Upon graduation, an advanced nursing degree (MSN) and the chance for further graduate study.


Applicants must submit a completed application and:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate study
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse in the US and be eligible for a RN license in 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 recommendations (academic, professional, and clinical), one of which should be from an APRN
  • Submit their resume or CV
  • Have completed an undergraduate or graduate statistics course within the past five years
  • Be available for an interview, if requested
  • International applicants have additional admissions requirements

RN experience
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).

Competitive applicants
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

Tuition & financial aid


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).

All clinical/practicum activities are generally conducted within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Clinical/practice activities may be conducted in a different state as long as that state participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. A list of participating states can be accessed at

Technology requirements
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.


  • Complete the online inquiry form to be added to the mailing list
  • Program coordinator: Amy Boitnott, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, PNP-BC: 434-982-1094,
  • Admissions and financial aid questions: contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services: (434) 924-0141 or (888) 283-8703