University of Virginia School of Nursing

Two new nursing masters programs - the only of their kind in Virginia - will fill an educational void in the Commonwealth where NNP and PNP-AC positions in Virginia hospitals can take up to a year to recruit, says Christine Kennedy, associate dean at the School and among the champions of the programs’ development.

“We’ve heard for years from our colleagues that these remain areas of needs,” says Kennedy, “and that, coupled with RN retirements across the board and a growing demand for new NPs ready for the rigor of a NICU or PICU, makes this a perfect time for our expansion.”

The degrees – offered in both full- and part-time format at UVA in Charlottesville – are structured within the framework of existing Nurse Practitioner courses with new specialty and practicum courses specific to Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (PNP-AC) and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP). Designed for nurses interested in tending the most vulnerable infants and children, the programs prepare graduates for either the PNP or the NNP certification exams, and include exceptional mentoring and expansive experiential exposures at Virginia’s #1 hospital, UVA Medical Center.

The School is now receiving applications for enrollment for fall 2018 for members of our second cohort. To be considered for either program, please review our program pages and begin your application:

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