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


  • 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: December 1 for entry the following fall

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 NNP 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 #1 UVA Medical Center, and top-ranked UVA Children’s Hospital


Admission Requirements

Learn about the MSN APRN admission requirements.


Plans of Study


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.

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.

The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record is the official repository for academic program requirements.