Post-master's certificate


  • Graduates are eligible for the PNP-AC certification exam administered by PNCB
  • Application deadline: December 1

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.

The PNP-AC role

Interested in learning more about the differences in training and job expectations between acute care and primary care PNPs?


Admission Requirements

To be considered for the certificate, applicants must:

  • Submit a completed application
  • Have a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school (CCNE or ACEN)
  • Have completed three separate comprehensive graduate-level courses in: advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology
  • Hold an unencumbered RN license in the US at the time of application.  All matriculating students who are not active-duty military nurses must have a Virginia RN license before the first day of classes.
  • Active state license and certification to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse at program start
  • Have at least 1 year of full-time RN practice
  • Submit three satisfactory recommendations (academic, professional, and clinical), one of which should be from an APRN
  • Submit a resume or CV
  • Be available for an interview, if requested
  • International applicants have additional admissions requirements

GRE: we no longer require GRE scores as a component of the application.

Financial Aid

Click here for tuition information.

Students in the certificate programs at UVA are ineligible for scholarship assistance or student loans. University aid is restricted to those who are enrolled in degree programs (MSN, DNP, PhD, etc).


Plan of Study

PoS Certificate PNP-AC fall 2019


Required classes:

  • GNUR 6730 Genetics, Embryology & Developmental Physiology (2 credits)
  • GNUR 6620 Pediatric Health & Wellness (2 credits) - may be waived for practicing primary care PNPs
  • GNUR 6632 PNP-AC Seminar II (3 credits)
  • GNUR 6633 PNP-AC Seminar III (3 credits)
  • GNUR 6634 PNP-AC Practicum I (1 credit) - may be waived for practicing primary care PNPs
  • GNUR 6635 PNP-AC Practicum II (5 credits)
  • GNUR 6636 PNP-AC Practicum III (5 credits)


Students complete 600 clinical hours in the PNP-AC track, most in two semester-long preceptorships in the final two semesters of enrollment. 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.

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.