Preparing students to be advanced practice nurses providing front-line care to children as clinicians, educators and researchers.
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PNPs keep our nation’s children emotionally and physically healthy, doing well-child care, conducting sick and episodic examinations, teaching healthy behaviors and providing counseling to children and their families. PNPs also conduct home visits, do 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 is the PNP for?
As advanced practitioners, PNPs provide direct patient care in a primary care setting; they are at the forefront of keeping our nation’s children emotionally and physically healthy.
November 1 for fall entry
Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive. To be considered, 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).
All graduate nursing students are required to have a laptop. Students in the advanced practice programs (CNS and NP) are required to have a smartphone (Apple or Android) in addition. Information on the laptop and smartphone requirements will be sent to enrolling students in the summer before classes begin.
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).
Professional nursing standards and guidelines incorporated in the curriculum: The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011).
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.
Students complete over 600 clinical hours in the PNP. Most of these hours are completed in two semester-long preceptorships taken in the final two semesters of enrollment (GNUR 5690 and GNUR 5710).
Clinical placement sites are assigned based upon optimal learning experiences, student requests, and availability. In order to develop experience in rural health care with underserved populations, students are assigned to at least one preceptorship site distant from Charlottesville/Albemarle County. Most of our clinical assignments are in Central, Southwest and Southside Virginia. Students seeking clinical opportunities in other areas of Virginia may be asked to locate their own clinical sites. 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/.