Why ODU for a nurse executive online program?

This Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Executive program focuses on executive leadership skills for nurses. You'll work with vulnerable populations, fiscal and human resource management, quality magnet achievement, emerging technology and organizational research in clinical issues.

ODU's DNP program transforms graduates 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

Are you a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in nursing? You may be able to complete this DNP program through ODU's online MSN to DNP degree pathway. Complete the form on this page to learn more.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Old Dominion University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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

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Ranked #58 (tie)

Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs, 2023
U.S. News & World Report

Required Courses

  • 36 credit hours minimum
  • Face-to-face session each semester (advising & experiential activities)

You will participate in executive internships throughout the program in your home area. You're also required to travel to main campus ODU once a semester for a long weekend of advising and experiential activities. Upon program completion, you'll be eligible to take the national certification examination.

Talk with an advisor to determine if you have credits or clinical hours that will transfer.

Online Learning Environment

Attend class online on a regular schedule and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Additionally, you must participate in executive internships throughout the program in your home area. You are also required to travel to ODU's School of Nursing in Virginia Beach once a semester for a long weekend of advising and experiential activities.

Careers as a Nurse Executive

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Vice President
  • Executive-level nurse leader
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Policy Advisor
  • Health Program Developer

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$571 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2022 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

State Licensure

This program is designed to prepare students for national certification. Use the links here to see if we have been able to determine whether this program will prepare you for certification or licensure in your state.

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

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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 admission requirements and deadlines can be found on the department's website.

When applying to this as a post-master's DNP program, you are not required to submit GRE scores.

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.