Virginia's top-ranked nursing programs and the nation's #7 public nursing school, we offer graduate programs for nurses at every professional stage.

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$119,000
average NP salary in VA (salary.com)
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Hybrid Format
combining online classes with lively, convenient, in-person learning.
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World-Class Faculty
who are flexible, proximate, and supportive
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#7 Public MSN Program and in the top 2% of U.S. nursing grad schools
(U.S. News & World Report)

As healthcare grows increasingly complex, the necessity for highly educated nurses to coordinate and deliver stellar care has never been greater. UVA's graduate nursing programs are ranked among the nation's very best and draw upon the academic excellence of the University of Virginia, the clinical strengths and eminence of the UVA Health, and the University’s commitment to serve the needs of citizens of Virginia and the world.

The School of Nursing also guarantees admission to its alumni graduates interested in attending any of the School's MSN, certificate, RN to CNL, or DNP programs.

Preparing students to be advanced practice nurses providing care to acute and chronically ill adults.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGACNS) graduates are eligible for the adult-gerontology acute care CNS certification exam administered by AACN or ANCC. CNSs, often called "the nurse's nurse," are in-demand specialists who offer clinicians on the unit, in the clinic, and at the hospital evidence-based guidance and mentoring along with top-notch clinical care.

Preparing students to be nurse practitioners who provide care to acute and chronically ill adults.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner graduates are eligible for the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner certification exam administered by AACN or ANCC.

A two-year master’s program for those outside the field who want to become nurse leaders on a fast track.

Over two years, CNL graduates earn a fast-track-to-nursing master's in nursing degree, and are eligible for the NCLEX and clinical nurse leader (CNL) certification exams. Though they begin work as novice nurses at the bedside, CNL graduates tend to rise quickly, given their real-world experience, ability to do evidence-based unit improvement projects, and leadership learning.

A fast-track master’s degree program for RNs interested in healthcare administration, nursing leadership and policy–and all the benefits an advance.

Graduates are eligible for the CNL certification exam.

Preparing students to be advanced practice nurses providing compassionate, holistic care to patients, families and communities.

Graduates are eligible for the family NP certification exam administered by AANPBC or ANCC.

NNPs provide care to vulnerable infants and children across a variety of settings, both inpatient and outpatient.

Graduates are eligible for the NNP certification exam administered by the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

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

Graduates are eligible for the PNP-AC certification exam administered by PNCB.

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

Graduates are eligible for the pediatric primary care NP certification exam administered by PNCB.

Preparing nurses in advanced practice roles to promote and maintain health and to prevent, detect and treat acute and chronic mental illness.

Graduates are eligible for the PMHNP certification exam administered by ANCC.

Preparing students to be advanced practice nurses providing care to acute and chronically ill adults.

Students in the dual Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist + Nurse Practitioner track complete all requirements of the AGACNP and AGCNS tracks. Students seeking to pursue a dual AGAC CNS + NP are required to talk with the director of advanced practice about suitability and alignment with their personal goals. The dual track plan of study is a demanding curriculum with implications for licensure, certification and credentialing in one’s career as an advanced practice nurse. Successful dual track students typically do not work concurrently.

Graduates are eligible for the adult-gerontology acute care CNS certification exam administered by AACN or ANCC and the adult-gerontology acute care NP certification exam administered by AACN or ANCC.