Why ODU for an Advanced Nursing degree?

Our fully accredited post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed to advance the roles and practice skills of advanced practice nurses including nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists and nurse anesthetists. 

You will learn to address the needs of the underserved and vulnerable populations. Advanced practice nurses are prepared to serve as leaders, researchers, and expert clinicians in addressing health disparities and barriers to healthcare.

Our graduates tell us that ODU's DNP program has transformed them into providers and administrators with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to:

  • Take leadership in developing interdisciplinary teams
  • Conduct evidence-based research
  • Develop programs to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Become business owners
  • Address national policy issues
  • Advocate for the use of healthcare technology
  • Have a voice in healthcare change
  • Overcome issues related to healthcare

ODU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

* Note: This program is not available in the state of Washington.

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Required Courses

  • 36 credit hours

Although most courses are available online, you will be required to come to ODU's School of Nursing in Virginia Beach once a semester for an extended weekend of advising and experiential activities.

Please visit the School of Nursing website for more details.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar. 

You are also required to visit ODU's School of Nursing in Virginia Beach once a semester for an extended weekend of advising and experiential activities. 

Careers in Advanced Nursing Practice

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Researcher
  • Educator

Explore career data for your region at our Career Coach web site.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$523 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$568 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2018 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

This program begins new full- and part-time cohorts in January each year. The most current information on the application process (including due dates) can be found on the department's website. When applying to this post-master's DNP program, you are not required to submit GRE scores.

Want to get started now?

You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.