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

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

PNP-ACs—on the cutting edge of advanced practice—provide care to the most vulnerable pediatric populations across many inpatient and outpatient settings.

The UVA School of Nursing is dedicated to providing exceptional, affordable education in accordance with AACN, NONPF, and PNCB standards in the preparation of pediatric nurses as leaders, scholars, and expert licensed independent practitioners in the care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with acute, complex, critical, and chronic illness.

Who should apply?

The PNP-AC track offers baccalaureate-educated nurses with at least one year of full-time RN experience the opportunity to advance their practice.

The PNP-AC program is offered as a master's degree, certificate, and a specialty track within the BSN-to-DNP pathway.

The PNP-AC role

Are you interested in learning more about the differences in training and job expectations between acute-care and primary-care PNPs?

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
  • The best for kids—four specialties at the UVA Children's Hospital are nationally ranked: urology, cardiology & heart surgery, neonatology, and nephrology (US News `17)


Admission Requirements

Learn about the MSN APRN admission 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).