Why ODU for a Family Nurse Practitioner degree online?

Enhance your expertise in theory, research, and advanced nursing practice through academic courses and clinical experiences that take a holistic approach to health and nursing care. ODU's FNP program is one of only 17 programs in the country that is funded to provide a technology supported preceptor infrastructure. You will be taught by ODU faculty who are involved in healthcare nationally, including innovative solutions to improve healthcare to rural areas through telehealth, interprofessional education, and bridges to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

An important and unique feature of ODU's FNP program is our collaboration with Eastern Virginia Medical School's Standardized Patient Program, one of the largest in the U.S. with more than 115 standardized patients ages 14 to 84. You will be required travel to ODU for scheduled training and/or testing at certain points in the program.

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. 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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Ranked #53

Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs, 2019 - U.S. News & World Report

Ranked #15

Best Online Nurse Practitioner Programs, 2017 - CollegeChoice.net

Required Courses

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

In certain courses, 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.

Online Learning Environment

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

Practicum experiences are facilitated in a variety of 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, innovative healthcare providers, and change agents. By taking this family nurse practitioner degree online, you will 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
  • Specialties including 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$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

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

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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.