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The VCU School of Nursing prepares graduates for advanced practice nursing roles by developing the knowledge and skills needed to transform health care.  The M.S. program incorporates the AACN Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing standards related to informatics; interprofessional collaboration; population health, evidence-based practice; quality improvement and safety; health policy and advocacy; and organizational systems and systems leadership. In addition, each concentration has a specific population focus.

VCU's Master's Concentrations

Graduates from our NP concentrations are prepared to:

  • Diagnose and manage common health problems through comprehensive physical and psychosocial assessments
  • Use decision-making/diagnostic reasoning processes
  • Perform advanced skills and procedures
  • Implement evidence-based treatment strategies
  • Provide holistic care including health promotion and disease prevention strategies.  

NP face-to-face courses are offered on the VCU campus. Practicums are located across the state and we work with our students to find the best preceptors in convenient locations.

Graduates from the Nursing Leadership and Organizational Science Concentration equip registered nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to transform the health care delivery system and sustain quality health outcomes across populations. Graduates are educated in leading innovation and change, organization and improvement science, clinical and fiscal operations, system design, quality and safety evaluation, and project management. The courses focus on skills for creating safe, healthy environments that support the work of the health care team, contribute to patient engagement, and improve the patient experience and health outcomes. 

This program is offered online with a short 1 or 2 day face-to-face component each semester at VCU.

Why Choose VCU’s Master’s Program?

  1. No GRE required
  2. We're ranked among the top 50 master's nursing programs nationwide by U.S. News and World Report
  3. We facilitate clinical placements for our students
  4. Our faculty stay current by maintaining their own clinical practice as APRNs and serving as healthcare leaders in addition to teaching
  5. Our NP Concentrations give you the opportunity to work closely with faculty in the classroom setting while taking advantage of the convenience of online learning opportunities
  6. We have excellent IT, library, and wellness support for students.  You can receive individualized guidance and assistance in all of these areas


Additional Program information

Master's FAQ's


Who to Contact?

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Rachel Cloutier, M.S., RN, ACNP-BC 

Family Nurse Practitioner 

Allison Gregory, M.S., RN, FNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  

Lyons Hardy, M.S., RN, P-MHNP

Nurse Administration and Organizational Science 

Terry Jones, Ph.D., RN

Master’s Program Director


Please contact Carla Nye with questions regarding the Master’s program.

Master’s Program Coordinator 

Chazley Williams 

Please contact Chazley Williams with questions regarding the Master’s program.

Admissions Specialist

Kevin Bailey 

Please contact Kevin Bailey with questions regarding the admission process, NursingCAS, and your application status.


To apply to the Master's Program, see the application instructions.

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