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Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the University of Virginia educates nurses at the highest level of nursing
practice. Entrance to the UVA DNP is for MSN-prepared nurses with specialty training and advanced certification. It will
prepare nurses for specialty practice at the most expert level. Graduates from the program will be prepared to practice across
a broad spectrum of health care settings, teach in nursing education programs, or assume upper-level nursing administrative
Students with MSN degrees will use cognate courses to provide them the flexibility to choose from a number of nursing and
non-nursing graduate courses to tailor the program to individual needs, personal interests, and professional career aspirations.
These cognate courses will complement and contribute to your Capstone project. Students may pursue the program on a
full-time or part-time basis. The DNP Program at the University of Virginia is fully accredited by CCNE.
The DNP curriculum will require
· A minimum of 39 credits after the MSN degree
· 20 months of fulltime study to complete. Part-time study is also permitted.
· Core DNP nursing classes are offered primarily on an `executive' format (classes meeting primarily once a
month). Practicum requirements can be satisfied close to home.
· Students to complete a rigorous scholarly project depicting evidence-based practice knowledge and advanced
nursing skills. Additional practicum hours will also be required beyond MSN-preparation.