Why ODU for the Family Nurse Practitioner Online Program?

Enhance your knowledge and skills in theory, research, and advanced nursing practice with Old Dominion University's online family nurse practitioner program. Our courses and clinical experiences will teach you a holistic approach to healthcare and nursing. ODU faculty provide knowledge in national healthcare solutions, such as telehealth for rural areas. You also have the opportunity for interprofessional study, and pathways to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

We collaborate with with Eastern Virginia Medical School's Standardized Patient Program. It is one of the largest in the U.S. with more than 115 standardized patients ages 14 to 84. You must travel to ODU for scheduled training and/or testing at certain points in the program.

When you graduate, you will earn a Master of Science in Nursing - Family Practitioner Role.

ODU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This FNP MSN program is approved by the Virginia Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicine.

Traineeship grants may be available to assist with tuition, dependent on grant funding.

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

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Online Nurse Practitioner Program in Virginia, 2020 - NurseJournal.org

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Curriculum Includes:

  • 49 credit hours
  • Clinical practicum at a physical location
  • Hands-on training in Virginia Beach

In certain courses in ODU's FNP program, you will be required to travel to ODU's Virginia Beach campus (usually once in the semester) for training or testing. The final, demonstrated comprehensive exam must also be completed at the Virginia Beach campus.

Contact us and talk to an advisor to determine if you have credits that will transfer towards your degree.

Online Learning Environment

Access your FNP course materials online from any location. Some courses have live, online meetings (usually on Thursday mornings), while some nursing courses do not. Teaching faculty also may schedule assignments, office hours, and exams at specific times. All courses for this degree program follow ODU's regular academic calendar. 

Nurse practitioner clinical practicum experiences are facilitated in a variety of medical locations and are negotiated on an individual basis.

In certain courses, you will be required to travel to ODU's Virginia Beach campus (usually once in the semester) for training and/or testing with standardized patients or simulation instruction. The final, demonstrated comprehensive exam also must be completed at the Virginia Beach campus.

Careers in Nursing

Our graduates are leaders in nursing, innovative healthcare providers, and change agents in the medical field. By completing this family nurse practitioner online program, you will build your skills and be prepared to take your nursing career to the next level as a leader in:

  • Family practice and primary care clinics
  • Life stage medicine such as Pediatrics and Gerontology
  • Specializations within healthcare, such as Internal Medicine, Oncology, Infectious Disease, Cardiovascular Care, and Women's Health
  • Health education and disease prevention
  • Research and education
  • Public health and community health clinics
  • Acute care and emergency services

Keep in mind that nursing board requirements may vary by state.

Calculating Cost

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

Rates are effective Summer 2021 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

State Licensure

This certificate is designed to prepare post-MSN nurses for the FNP certification exam offered by either ANCC or AANP. Use the links here to see if we have determined whether this program will prepare you for nursing 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

In addition to meeting general requirements for graduate admission, you must also have:

  • A bachelor's degree in nursing from a ACEN or CCNE accredited program (preferred) or a related field. 
  • A current license as a registered nurse.
  • One year of recent clinical nursing experience, preferably post-baccalaureate.
  • If GPA is below 3.5, satisfactory achievement on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or GRE taken in the past five years.

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.