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Why ODU for an Advanced Nursing degree?

Our fully accredited post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice program will help advance the roles and practice skills of advanced practice nurses. The program is perfect for nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists and nurse anesthetists.

You will learn to address the needs of the under-served and vulnerable populations. Advanced practice nurses serve as leaders, researchers, and expert clinicians in addressing health disparities and barriers 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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Our graduates say that ODU's DNP program gave them 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

Ranked #61

Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs, 2020 - U.S. News & World Report

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.

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. 

Prepared to Succeed

The clinical certification rates for practice for ODU's DNP programs range from 96-100% annually, well above the national average.

Careers in Advanced Nursing Practice

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

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$551 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Fall 2020 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

State Licensure

Use the links here to see if we have determined whether this program will prepare you for advanced practice nursing licensure in your state.

We encourage you to check your state's licensure requirements before applying to ODU.

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How to Apply

To apply, you should already have a master's degree. GRE scores are not required. This program begins new full- and part-time cohorts in January. Application deadlines and requirements can be found on the department's DNP webpage.

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.