The DNP charts a course for nurses to achieve the highest level of nursing practice, and all the personal, financial and professional benefits a doctoral degree confers.

US-News-DNP-icon The University of Virginia offers two doctoral programs in nursing -- the PhD and DNP degrees -- that prepare expert clinicians and practitioners, nurse scientists and researchers to expand nursing knowledge in the 21st century. UVA graduates are working in leadership and faculty roles across the country.

Post-BSN Pathway

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Post-BSN Pathway

The BSN to DNP pathway offers a course for nurses with a BSN or generalist MSN degree to achieve the highest level of nursing practice, and all the personal, financial and professional benefits a doctoral degree confers.

Overview:

  • Full- and part-time programs available
  • More than 1,000 DNP practicum hours
  • A path for BSN graduates to complete MSN coursework and progress seamlessly to a DNP
  • Application deadline: November 1 for entry the following fall

Who should apply?

The post-baccalaureate pathway is designed for nurses seeking educational preparation for national specialty certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and to progress seamlessly to earn the DNP degree.

Post-MSN

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Post-MSN

The DNP charts a course for nurses with a speciality MSN to achieve the highest level of nursing practice, and all the personal, financial and professional benefits a doctoral degree confers.

Overview:

  • Full- and part-time programs available
  • Two years (full-time) or three years (part-time) to degree
  • 40 credits beyond the MSN degree
  • Application deadline: November 1 for entry the following fall

Who should apply?

Applicants to the post-master's DNP should have advanced education in a clinical specialty. Candidates who are eligible for clinical certification as APRNs should have valid APRN licenses. Graduates from other advanced specialty areas such as public health or health administration do not need these certifications.

Candidates with generalist MSN degrees (CNL, nursing education, informatics, etc.) should pursue a post-master's program to obtain clinical specialization before pursuing a DNP. Alternatively, a BSN to DNP pathway is also available, and includes preparation for NP or CNS certification.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.