Preparing students to be nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses providing exceptional frontline 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 available
  • Two years (full-time) or three years (part-time) to complete
  • Graduates are eligible for the primary care PNP certification exam administered by ANCC or PNCB
  • Application deadline: January 5

Pediatric nurse practitioners working in primary care environments keep our nation’s children emotionally and physically strong, conducting well-child visits, sick and episodic encounters, performing individual and family counseling, and teaching kids and their caregivers how to get and stay healthy. PNP-PCs also conduct home visits, perform research, provide education and leadership to impact public policy, and are prepared to practice autonomously, in collaboration with physicians or as members of interdisciplinary teams.

Who should apply?

The pediatric nurse practitioner primary care (PNP-PC) track offers baccalaureate-educated nurses with at least one year of full-time RN experience the opportunity to advance their practice at the top-ranked UVA School of Nursing. The PNP-PC is offered at the MSN, certificate, and DNP levels.


Admission Requirements

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Building on the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the BSN-prepared nurse, the PNP-PC track emphasizes community-based primary health care for pediatric patients. Skills include identification of acute illnesses; nursing and medical management of commonly encountered acute and chronic illnesses in collaboration and consultation with an interdisciplinary team; development of a knowledgebase of community needs and resources available for health promotion; health teaching, guidance, and counseling of children and their families about illness and its prevention; and health promotion, maintenance, and management.

Class Schedule

Full-time students begin study in the fall, and complete the program in two years, including summer session in year 1. In the first year, the full-time student has didactic classes which are generally offered 1-2 days on Grounds weekly (in the fall and spring). In the second year, the didactic component is on Thursday, and clinical practica can occur Monday through Friday with occasional weekend opportunities offered from some practice preceptors.


Clinical placement sites are established with collaboration between the student and faculty and are assigned based upon optimal learning experiences, students' requests, and availability.

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).