Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Post-Master's Certificate

The University of Virginia prepares Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) either within the master’s 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 and master's prepared nurse.

Certificate students begin study in the fall semester and would complete the program in 21 months.

Note: Students in the post-master's certificate programs at the University of Virginia are ineligible for scholarship assistance or student loans. University aid is restricted to those who are enrolled in degree programs (MSN, DNP, PhD, etc).

Program Coordinator: Amy Boitnott, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, PNP-BC; (434) 982-1094,


Students complete 672 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 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 placement sites 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.

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


Students are qualified to sit for Family Nurse Practitioner certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Transfer Credit
Applicants who are master’s prepared and currently certified as a Nurse Practitioner will not be required to re-take advanced pharmacology (GNUR 6020), advanced pathophysiology (GNUR 6010), and advanced health assessment (GNUR 6025)—the “3 Ps”—or APRN Role Acquisition and Transition (GNUR 6031 & 6032). The academic history of other Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) will be examined on a case-by-case basis. Any of the 3 Ps not showing on the applicant’s transcript will need to be completed in order to receive a post-master’s certification.

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 certificate program, applicants must submit a completed application and:

  • Have a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school (prerequisite or co-requisite)
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate and graduate study
  • Hold an unencumbered RN license from a US state at the time of application.  All matriculating students who are not active-duty military nurses must have a Virginia RN license before the first day of classes.
  • Have worked at least 1 year fulltime as a RN
  • 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 CV
  • Be available for an interview if requested
  • International applicants have additional admissions requirements

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

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 our inquiry form.

Questions on admissions and financial aid: contact the Office of Admissions & Student Services,  (434) 924-2743 or (888) 283-8703.