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Nursing Professional Development Services (NPDS) staff work with unit-based nurses, administrative leadership, and shared governance committees to identify continuing education (CE) offerings that support life-long learning. Contact hours are awarded for most of our classes.

University of Virginia Health System, Nursing Professional Development Services, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


If you would like to offer a new contact hour class, follow the steps below:

Step 1 - Think about the content and structure of your program:

    • What evidence exists that the class is needed?
    • What are the objectives of your class? What outcomes do you want?
    • Who is your target audience?
    • Does instructional content need to be developed, or does it already exist?
    • In what order should the content be presented?
    • Who can best teach the content?
    • What else will you need to support your class - rooms, audiovisuals, handouts?

Step 2 - Review these resources to help with planning:

Step 3 - Become familiar with:

 Step 4 - Complete an Class Request in the NPDS Education Database


    • Once you click on the NPDS Education Database link below, you will be prompted to sign in using your UVA computing ID and password (same as your e-mail)
    • When the database opens, click on "New Request" in the light grey bar near the top of the page
    • Click on the “Request & Planning" tab under the light blue bar to enter your class information
    • Begin filling out the required fields on the "Request and Planning" tab.   
    • Once all fields are complete, click the "Click here to save and continue to part two" button at the bottom of the page.  This will open the rest of the form.  Complete as much information as you can.   
    • Click the "Save" button in the upper right corner of the form prior to exiting the database.
    • Please ignore all other tabs in the database at this time.

NPDS Education Database Link 


Sources of Evidence (needs assessment) examples: