University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing

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The University of Virginia is the nation's #2 public university, founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. The university is located in Charlottesville. In 1901, the School of Nursing was established as part of the UVA Health System.

UVA offers opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration on global issues. Current projects offer student experiences in Rwanda, South Africa, Guatemala, and Uganda.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This program is a traditional four-year BSN program for high school students. Transfer students are also able to apply from another college or university or as a transfer from another school or college within UVA.

Program Specifics

  • 4 year program (full-time study required)
  • 120 credits
  • Graduates eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

Students with degrees in other fields are ineligible to apply as a second-year transfer through programs like the Clinical Nurse Leader program.


The RN to BSN program is designed for licensed RNs who hold an associate's or diploma in nursing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any LPN to RN programs?

There are currently no available programs for LPNs-RNs, but UVA will be happy to help create a track to complete an RN degree elsewhere, then complete the BSN at UVA.

Is this program full-time only?

The RN to BSN program is now a part-time program. The School of Nursing understands that the working RN has job commitments as well as family obligations.

I noted that some of the optional MSN courses are offered online.  Can I take the online option instead of the classroom option?

Due to faculty resources, all RN to BSN students can only take the MSN courses in the classroom setting.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Program Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Minimum 30 credits of graduate work (additional credits are required in selected programs)
  • Apply no more than 12 approved graduate credits towards the total number of required credits from those taken at another institution or at UVA prior to enrolling in the graduate program

Specialty Areas

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care CNS
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • CNL (direct entry to nursing)
  • CNL for RNs
  • Family NP
  • Health Systems Management
  • Neonatal NP
  • Pediatric NP
  • Pediatric Acute Care NP
  • Public Health Nursing Leadership
  • Public Health with NP
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

Post-Master's Certificates

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care CNS
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Public Health Nursing Leadership
  • Family NP
  • Health Systems Management
  • Pediatric NP
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

  • Post-BSN Pathway BSN to DNP for nurses with a BSN or generalist MSN
  • Post-MSN Pathway MSN to DNP for nurses with a specialty MSN

Why should I choose the BSN to DNP pathway?

  • A path for BSN graduates who want to achieve the highest degree without the hassle of figuring out what classes are needed to get there
  • Classes are made for nurses seeking educational preparation for national specialty certifications
  • Small classes with world-class faculty
  • Over 1,000 clinical hours
  • Final scholarly project opportunity for students

Why should I choose a post-MSN DNP degree?

  • Programs available for full and part time learners
  • 21 months to degree (FT), 40 credits beyond an MSN
  • Final scholarly project opportunity
  • Online availability for some courses, others offered in executive format (1x/month, 2x/semester)


The School of Nursing may accept students for the post-doctoral program for one semester or one academic year.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

PhD students develop exceptional skills in grant and scholarly writing and conference presentations. BSN to PhD program track is available.


US News & World Report (2019-2020)

  • #25 (tie) in National Universities
  • #7 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #28 in Best Value Schools
  • #3 in Top Public Schools
  • #20 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #16 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #21 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #19 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #2 in Clinical Nurse Leader
  • #11 in Nurse Practitioner: Psychiatric / Mental Health, Across the Lifespan
  • #111 (tie) Best Global Universities

NICHE (2019)

  • Top Public Universities in America #2 of 672
  • Best Big Colleges in America #3 of 131
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #11 of 1,542
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #15 of 599
  • Best Colleges in America #28 of 1,647
  • Best Value Colleges in America #41 of 1,590
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #46 of 1,591
  • Best College Campuses in America #85 of 1,408
  • Best College Locations in America #258 of 1,553
  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #370 of 1,592
  • Most Liberal Colleges in America #392 of 687
  • Best College Dorms in America #522 of 1,370
  • Best Colleges in Virginia #1 of 41
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in Virginia #1 of 19
  • Top Public Universities in Virginia #1 of 15
  • Best Big Colleges in Virginia #1 of 7
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in Virginia #2 of 41
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Virginia #2 of 39
  • Best Value Colleges in Virginia #3 of 42
  • Best College Locations in Virginia #3 of 39
  • Best College Campuses in Virginia #6 of 38
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia #8 of 41
  • Most Liberal Colleges in Virginia #10 of 21
  • Best College Dorms in Virginia #17 of 38

Forbes (2019)

  • #34 Top Colleges
  • #5 in Public Colleges
  • #24 in Research Universities
  • #4 in the South
  • #31 America's Best Value Colleges

MONEY Magazine ranked UVA #10 Best Colleges For Your Money (2018-2019).

Princeton Review ranked UVA No. 1 among public schools in its return-on-investment rankings, "Colleges That Pay You Back".

College Factual (2018-2019)

  • #2 Best Colleges for the Money in Virginia
  • #672 Best Colleges for the Money nationally

Best Graduate Schools

  • #2 Clinical Nurse Leader program
  • #7 Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program
  • #18 Doctor of Nursing Practice program


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

UVA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

NCLEX 2018 Pass Rates

  • BSN - 94.12%
  • MSN CNL - 97.73%

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