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About the School of Nursing

Long a national leader in nursing education with a firm commitment to clinical excellence, robust research and evidence-based practice, UVA School of Nursing is an integral part of a campus steeped in tradition but thoughtfully engaged in the present -- and the future.

A celebrated interprofessional education program teams nursing and medical students in the classroom, in simulation exercises, and in clinical experiences. An emphasis on compassionate care and resilience is interwoven into curricula as well as students' personal and professional lives. All students conduct research independently, or as part of teams. The School's global connections fortify students' practice - and their perspective of the world. And a diversity initiative that amplifies our holistic admissions process and flavors our commitment to inclusion and humility amid difference.

And UVA is the academic home to four national nursing organization leaders on faculty -- Pam Cipriano, ANA president, Clareen Wiencek, president of the AACN, Mary Gibson, president of the AAHN, and Emily Drake, president of AWHONN -- keeping our faculty front and center in many national conversations about nurses.

And UVA's graduate programs - including a #2-ranked Clinical Nurse Leader program, a #7 Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, a #18-ranked Doctor of Nursing Practice program and a #20 Family Nurse Practitioner program - are in the nation's top three percent, according to 2017's US News Best Graduate Schools.

University of Virginia

The nation's #2 public university, UVA was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. The School of Nursing -- founded in 1901 at the same time as the Medical Center -- is part of the UVA Health System along with the School of Medicine, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, the UVA Physicians Group, and the Medical Center. The medical school Thomas Jefferson established in 1825 as the nation’s 10th has grown to become a renowned academic health system. The Medical Center is an integrated network of primary and specialty care services ranging from wellness programs to the most technologically advanced care. At its hub is a 577-bed hospital, a state Level 1 trauma center, and the Emily Couric Cancer Center, which boasts unparalleled oncology care for patients from Virginia, across the country, and around the world. Today, the Medical Center continues to expand and will soon complete its Battle Children’s Hospital, at the corner of West Main and Jefferson Park Avenue, as well as a long-term acute care facility.


Situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is a sophisticated, intimate city with small town flavor only an hour from Richmond and two hours from Washington, DC. Numerous national rankings recognize its charms, and it tops a range of lists as a “best place to live.” Direct flights, rail and bus links, and interstate highways make Charlottesville an easy hub. Once home to three founding father Presidents (Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, James Madison at Montpelier, and James Monroe at Ashlawn-Highlands), the city also claims two World Heritage sites: Monticello and the University of Virginia. Outdoor lovers find hiking, water sports, camping, while athletes love the running and cycling scene. Home of the Dave Matthews Band, the area’s cultural events include annual book and film festivals, the Charlottesville University Symphony Orchestra, the Paramount Theater, opera, bluegrass, live theater, and a broad spectrum of entertainment offerings at the John Paul Jones Arena.