Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

Preparing students to be advanced practice nurses providing front-line care to children as clinicians, educators and researchers

  • Full- and part-time programs available
  • 21 months (FT) or 33 months (PT) to degree
  • More than 600 clinical hours
  • Graduates eligible for the PNP certification exam administered by either the Pediatric Nurses Certification Board or the American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Application deadline: Nov. 1 for entry the following fall
    (notification by Feb. 1)


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PNPs keep our nation’s children emotionally and physically healthy, doing well-child care, conducting sick and episodic examinations, teaching healthy behaviors and providing counseling to children and their families. PNPs also conduct home visits, do research, provide education and leadership to impact public policy, and are prepared to practice autonomously, in collaboration with physicians or as members of interdisciplinary teams.

Who is the PNP for?
The PNP program offers baccalaureate-educated nurses with at least one year of full-time RN experience the opportunity to advance their practice at top-ranked UVA School of Nursing. Nurses with advanced degrees like the PNP tend to enjoy greater professional mobility, receive better compensation, and often rise quickly and competently into leadership positions within clinics and hospitals.

The PNP program is offered at the MSN, certificate and DNP levels. 


  • Small, intimate classes
  • Access to world-class faculty, cutting-edge research and top-of-the-line clinical facilities
  • Full- and part-time programs available
  • More than 600 hours of clinical experience at UVA Medical Center and a host of dynamic sites throughout the Commonwealth
  • A chance to specialize as part of the extended clinical practicum
  • Upon graduation, an 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


UVA's PNP program builds on both the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the bachelor’s prepared nurse.

Full-time students begin study in the fall, and complete the program in 21 months, including summer session in year 1. 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) in pediatrics for more than 600 hours of clinical experience.

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 over 600 clinical hours in the PNP program master's and certificate tracks, 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
All 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