Post-master's certificate


  • Graduates are eligible for the PNP-PC certification exam administered by PNCB
  • Application deadline: December 1 for entry the following fall

PNP-PCs keep our nation’s children emotionally and physically strong, conducting well-child visits, sick and episodic encounters,  providing 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.

*Note: the ANCC Commission on Certification decided to retire the examination for the Pediatric Primary Care NP board certification after December 31, 2018. More information available here. Effective January 1, 2019, nurses seeking certification as a primary care PNP will need to apply to the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) for initial certification.


Admission Requirements

To be considered for the post-master's 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

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Students in the post-master's 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).


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.

Plans of study

Class schedule

Full-time students begin study in the fall, and complete the post-master's certificate 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.

Transfer Credit

Applicants who are master’s prepared and currently certified as a nurse practitioner will not be required to re-take advanced pharmacology (GNUR 6020), advanced pathophysiology (GNUR 6010), and advanced health assessment (GNUR 6025)—the “3 Ps”—or APRN Roles (GNUR 6031). The academic history of other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) will be examined on a case-by-case basis. Any of the 3 Ps not showing on the applicant’s transcript will need to be completed in order to receive a post-master’s certificate.


Students complete over 600 clinical hours in the PNP-PC 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.