As advanced practitioners, FNPs develop strong relationships with their patients, families and communities to provide holistic care, focusing on health education and coordinating services.
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As the U.S. health care system shifts to “wellness care,” rather than “illness care," FNPs occupy a critical and expanding role. With a curriculum that builds on the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the bachelor's prepared nurse, the FNP program - available as either a master’s or post-master’s degree - emphasizes patient, family and community relationships in a primary care setting. UVA's program places particular emphasis on understanding the specific healthcare needs of underserved and rural communities, in addition to preparing seasoned RNs in primary care-related skills from pathophysiology, disease identification and management and health promotion.
Who is the FNP for?
This program offers baccalaureate-educated nurses with at least one year of full-time RN experience the opportunity to advance their practice. Nurses with advanced degrees like the FNP tend to enjoy greater professional mobility, receive better compensation, and often rise quickly and competently into leadership positions within clinics and hospitals.
November 1 for fall entry
Applicants must submit a completed application and:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Submission of GRE scores is optional. If you wish to submit your scores, UVA's Institutional Code is R-5820. The School of Nursing accepts GRE scores that are more than five years old (please submit a copy of the student report).
Tuition & financial aid information
Students in the post-master's certificate programs at the University of Virginia are ineligible for scholarship assistance or student loans. University aid is restricted to those who are enrolled in degree programs (MSN, DNP, PhD, etc).
Students can complete the post-MSN certificate in FNP in 21 months.
Plan of study
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 Role Acquisition and Transition (GNUR 6031 & 6032). 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 certification.
Clinical placement sites sites are assigned based upon optimal learning experiences, students' requests, and availability. In order to develop experience in and proficiency with rural health care and with underserved populations, students are assigned to at least one preceptorship site at a distance from Charlottesville/Albemarle County at a rich variety of clinical assignments in central, southwest and southside Virginia. Students seeking clinical opportunities in othe rareas of Virginia may be asked asked to locate their own clinical sites.
Students complete over 600 clinical hours in the FNP program, most in two semester-long preceptorships in the final two semesters of enrollment (GNUR 5690 and GNUR 5710).
All clinical/practicum activities are generally conducted within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Clinical/practice activities may be conducted in a different state as long as that state participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. A list of participating states can be accessed at http://nc-sara.org/.
Graduate nursing students are required to have a laptop. Additionally, students in the advanced practice programs (CNS and NP) are required to have a smartphone (Apple or Android). Information on the laptop and smartphone requirements will be sent to enrolling students in the summer before classes begin.