In fall 2022, UVA Wise will begin offering another educational program to advance the health care workforce of Southwest Virginia. Public health in the region will take another step forward as UVA Wise hosts the University of Virginia’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, empowering nurses to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree, at its Wise, Va., campus. The accredited, academically robust program from UVA has already helped hundreds of healthcare practitioners positively impact the lives of patients while enhancing their individual career paths as well.
Building on the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the BSN-prepared nurse, the FNP track prepares students to provide holistic care to patients, families and communities focusing health education and coordinating services. Skills include identification of acute illnesses; nursing and medical management of commonly encountered acute and chronic illnesses in collaboration and consultation with an interdisciplinary team; development of a knowledgebase of community needs and resources available for health promotion; health teaching, guidance, and counseling of clients and their families about illness and its prevention; and health promotion, maintenance, and management.
This three-year, part-time program allows students to continue to be employed while taking didactic and clinical practicum courses required for the degree. Clinical practicum days will vary widely depending on the student’s clinical site and preceptor and may include hours outside the typical work week.
Students complete over 600 clinical hours in the FNP track, most in two semester-long preceptorships in the final two semesters of enrollment. Clinical placement sites are assigned based upon optimal learning experiences, students' requests, and availability.
All clinical/practicum activities are generally conducted within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Clinical/practice activities may be conducted outside Virginia if the University is authorized to place students in that state and pending faculty approval.