Ranked among the top 3 percent of U.S. nursing schools, lauded for its compassion-focused, interprofessional curricula, and renowned for its warmth and collegiality, UVA Nursing offers a range of degrees for nurses at every stage.
Half of the school’s population are undergraduates, including a growing number enrolled in the RN to BSN program for nurses with two-year degrees seeking the benefits of a baccalaureate degree.
The other half are engaged in graduate studies that span 15 programs and specialties, including a No. 2-ranked Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) master’s program, a No. 7-ranked psych-mental health nurse practitioner master’s, a No. 18-ranked doctor of nursing practice (DNP), and a No. 20-ranked family nurse practitioner master’s program. The school’s two doctoral degrees — a DNP for clinicians and a Ph.D. for future nursing faculty and researchers — offer multiple entry points for students with a BSN or MSN.
Whatever the path, all nursing students are exposed to an innovative curriculum emphasizing skills and knowledge in parity with compassion and resilience, an acknowledgement of the link between safe, quality care and self-care. Every student conducts research independently or on a team, benefits from regular interactions with their School of Medicine peers, and has access to rich international programs to study and serve abroad.
A state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Learning Center — a 9,200 square-foot “hospital" with mock labor and delivery, ICU and isolation units, and a battery of computerized high-tech patients — prepares students for care and specialty practice. After mastering basic assessment skills in the lab, undergraduates begin clinical rotations their second year — spending time in pediatrics, cancer, geriatric, labor and delivery, mental health, hospice, palliative and medical-surgical units — under the careful guidance and supervision of clinical instructors and talented RN preceptor-mentors. These rotations enable budding nurses to find their interest area, inform their research projects, their path into graduate school, leadership and management positions, and beyond.
BSN and CNL graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), also known as “boards,” required for licensure of every new nurse.
In an era in which nurses are ever more central to patient advocacy and care, UVA nurses emerge with the skills, confidence, leadership, compassion, and critical thinking required for 21st-century caregivers. Most receive multiple job offers prior to graduation, and find their degree and pedigree opens doors across a spectrum of professions.