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University of Virginia

University of Virginia

P.O. Box 800782
Charlottesville, Virginia 22908

(434) 924-0141
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Nursing Programs Offered

Accelerated MSN Programs
BSN Programs
DNP Programs (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
RN Programs
RN to BSN Programs

RN to BSN Program Details

The RN to BSN program is offered in a flexible, partially online format – but is not primarily online. The program includes a uniquely tailored curriculum for students who are graduates of community college and hospital schools and are licensed registered nurses (RN). The program can be completed in as few as two semesters or part-time up to three years.

RNs with an undergraduate degree in another subject (non-nursing area) may apply for the Clinical Nurse Leader program; this awards a MSN degree after the completion of 41 credits. You can learn more about the Clinical Nurse Leader program here.

Students enroll in 30 credits at the University of Virginia, and upon completion of selected courses, receive 38 credits for prior learning as an RN. Courses in the program include both theory and practicum courses designed specifically for RN students. Students must meet prerequisite general education requirements prior to admission, thus completing a grand total of 120 semester hours for the baccalaureate degree. Once admitted, students work with a faculty advisor to create a plan of study to best meet their academic and professional goals.

Classes are offered in flexible formats (e.g. once a week, partially on-line) to allow students to maintain employment while completing the BSN. The program provides a foundation for professional practice and for further education such as graduate study for advanced practice or preparation as a clinical leader or teacher.

BSN Program Details

The University of Virginia offers a program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students are admitted to the School of Nursing in the first year. The degree is awarded after satisfactory completion of a prescribed program of study (see downloads link). All students at the School of Nursing take courses in anatomy and physiology, growth and development, pharmacology, pathophysiology, administration, and nursing practice. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination.

The School of Nursing accepts academically motivated students into our four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

In every case, an applicant must be in good academic and social standing. Selection of applicants to the School of Nursing is competitive, based primarily on scholastic ability demonstrated by secondary school records and scores on the SAT and/or ACT. Relevant volunteer or work experience in a clinical setting will be taken into consideration and may be a factor in the selection process.

MSN Program Details

The Direct Entry MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader program takes into account your educational, career, and life experiences as well as your critical thinking ability and maturity as you prepare to become a leader in nursing and health care. The curriculum prepares individuals with undergraduate or graduate degrees in other disciplines to become Registered Nurses who provide direct patient care and who lead at the point of care. If you are already a baccalaureate-prepared RN interested in the Clinical Nurse Leader program, click here.

This Clinical Nurse Leader program educates individuals to provide leadership at the point of care. The school admits students each summer into a 24-month, full-time program leading to a master's of science in nursing. The CNL is a nursing generalist, and will be prepared to direct care at the unit level. This could be direct care in an inpatient hospital unit, in an outpatient environment, or in a public/community health setting.

The graduate will be prepared to collect and evaluate patient outcomes, assess cohort risk, and use decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary. The CNL will function as part of an interdisciplinary team by communicating, planning, and implementing care directly with other health care professionals, including physicians, pharmacists, social workers, and advanced practice nurses.

The Direct Entry MSN program is not intended to prepare individuals for a specific job title as a "Clinical Nurse Leader;" graduates will likely obtain various professional positions from different employers. It is also anticipated that new CNL grads will be hired as novice nurses in whatever position they seek. It is expected that graduates will more rapidly rise to positions as Clinician, Team Leader, Patient Care Coordinator, Outcomes Manager, Client Advocate, Systems Analyst/Risk Anticipator, etc. One of the objectives of the Direct Entry CNL program at the University of Virginia is to provide graduates with clinical experiences in different healthcare settings as well as professional skills/abilities that can be used in different environments.

This program is a full-time program that leads to a MSN degree after 24 months.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Details

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Virginia School of Nursing enrolls master’s-prepared nurses with clinical specialty preparation. It builds upon the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice as ratified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and avails itself to the high quality of graduate education at the University of Virginia by encouraging DNP students to tailor an individualized program using cognate courses from any School or department throughout the University.

The DNP Program at the University of Virginia enrolled its first students in 2007, and graduated its first degree recipient in December 2008. The DNP Program at the University of Virginia is accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and was one of the earliest programs to receive CCNE accreditation in the country.

The DNP program curriculum for most students will be a minimum of 39 credits. All DNP students will pursue some courses in common (the core curriculum). With your faculty mentor you will also select 6 credits of cognates drawn from the offerings of the University of Virginia or elsewhere to contribute to your scholarly project. Students will also complete additional clinical requirements to meet the mandated 1000 hours of specialty training that is one of the hallmarks of a DNP graduate.

The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a scholarly project, which is designed by the student in collaboration with a 3-member committee. The scholarly project must be a significant, evidence-based contribution to existing nursing knowledge and be suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal or a book. This scholarly 'Capstone Project' could be a program needs assessment with program development and evaluation, evaluation of an existing program, development of an assessment instrument/protocol, a cost/benefit analysis of program models, or other scholarly project as approved.

The length of time requires to complete the program depends on several factors: whether you are a full-time/part-time student, the number of practical hours required, and your capstone project. Students are encouraged to discuss concepts for the capstone project early in their study, and could incorporate elements of the project in their clinical preceptorship.

The required core classes will use a combination of classroom and distance learning modalities. Face-to-face didactic classes will be scheduled with the working nurse (or nurse faculty member) in mind, in an "executive" format with classes meeting face-to-face at the beginning and end of the semester. Some of the core classes has synchronous class sessions (face-to-face, using the internet, or video-conferencing) to accompany classroom and distance learning during the semester. Each student will select 6 credits of cognate classes to complement their individual DNP program. These cognate classes could be graduate classes from any School at the University of Virginia (or transferred from elsewhere).

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