Virginia's top-ranked program, and the nation's #8 public nursing school, offers graduate programs for nurses at every professional stage.

US News badge 2021 MSN As health care grows increasingly complex, the necessity for highly educated nurses to coordinate and deliver better nursing care has never been greater. Graduate nursing education can be generalist-based (like the Clinical Nurse Leader) or specialty-based to prepare nurses for advanced practice.

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 of the UVA Health (a 580-bed Level I trauma center and ranked Virginia's #1 hospital), and the University’s commitment to serve the needs of citizens of Virginia and the world.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care CNS

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

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

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

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

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

Clinical Nurse Leader (Direct Entry)

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

Graduates are eligible for the NCLEX and clinical nurse leader (CNL) certification exam.

Clinical Nurse Leader for RNs

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.

Family NP

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.

Neonatal NP

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).

Pediatric NP - Acute Care

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.

Pediatric NP - Primary Care

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.

Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

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.