It was 1970 when UVA’s Department of Pediatrics established Virginia’s first nurse practitioner program (a pediatric NP).

By 1976, that program was joined by three more—an adult and family NP, both created in UVA’s Department of Medicine, and an emergency NP (the first of its kind in the country), established in the UVA Department of Emergency Medicine—and were transferred to and further developed by the School of Nursing.

Nurse practitioners ushered in a new era of nursing, one marked by specialization, an expanded scope of practice, and growing autonomy. Today, there are more than 300,000 NPs across the United States, and more than 14,000 in Virginia who diagnose, prescribe, and treat growing numbers of patients seeking extraordinary and holistic care. A look at the evolution of UVA’s NP programs across their 50 years.

72
NPs educated in UVA's Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Emergency Medicine, 1971-75
140
Current NP students enrolled at UVA across 7 specialty areas
541
Total number of FNP grads (1971-2021), the most popular specialty master's program at UVA
1,441
The total number of UVA NP graduates since the programs' founding (1970-2021)
16
Current Neonatal NP cohort, the School's smallest group of NP students
9
Number of NPs who graduated in 1976 as part of the School of Nursing's first cohort
46
The number of current Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP students, UVA's largest NP cohort
9
Duration of the Emergency NP Program when it was founded in 1975
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