On the cutting-edge of advanced practice, neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) provide care through age two in a variety of settings from newborn to acute care.

  • Guaranteed admission for UVA School of Nursing alumni
  • #7 public MSN program at Virginia's #1 nursing school
  • Full- and part-time options available
  • Two years (full-time) or three years (part-time) to complete
  • Graduates are eligible for the NNP certification exam administered by NCC
  • Application deadline: January 5

The UVA School of Nursing is dedicated to providing affordable, quality education guided by AACN and NANN education standards, preparing neonatal nurses as leaders, scholars, and expert licensed independent practitioners in the care of neonates and children up to age two.

Who should apply?

The neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) specialty track offers BSN-prepared nurses with at least two years of NICU experience the opportunity to advance their practice. The NNP program is offered as a master's degree, a certificate, and as a specialty track within the BSN-to-DNP pathway.

Our Approach

  • Intimate—classes are small, dynamic and filled with like-minded learners
  • Mentorship—access to world-class nursing faculty, exceptional mentors, cutting-edge research and top-of-the-line clinical facilities
  • Hands-on experience—more than 600 hours of clinical experience
  • Flexibility—full- and part-time options available
  • Top ranked—we are proud to offer clinical and faculty affiliations with Virginia's top-ranked UVA Medical Center, and top-ranked UVA Children’s Hospital


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Admission Requirements

Learn about the MSN APRN Admissions Requirements.



Clinical placement sites are assigned according to student requests, learning experiences, and availability. Students complete more than 600 clinical hours.

All clinical/practicum activities are generally conducted within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Clinical/practice activities may be conducted outside Virginia if the University is authorized to place students in that state and pending faculty approval.

Plans of Study

Technology Requirements

All graduate nursing students are required to have a laptop; information about these requirements will be sent to enrolling students before classes begin. Please see the School of Nursing Computing Policies for more guidance on laptop ownership requirements.

State Authorization and Professional Licensure Disclosures

As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).  

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state.

Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).