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


  • Full- and part-time options 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: December 1 for entry the following fall

PNP-ACs—on the cutting edge of advanced practice—provide care to the most vulnerable pediatric populations across a multitude of 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 and as a specialty track within the BSN-to-DNP pathway.

The PNP-AC role

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, nephrology (US News `17)

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 information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.