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Why ODU for Nursing?

This program of study prepares you to be an expert clinician who can apply evidence-based knowledge to nursing interventions, teaching and research. Your course work also will prepare you to serve as a nurse educator, so you are equally prepared for both clinical and academic roles. Course content includes theory, research, education, adult-gerontology CNS professional and clinical cores, and an advanced practice area with a selected secondary focus.

You will be required to travel to ODU's School of Nursing in Virginia Beach or scheduled training and/or testing at certain points in the program. An important feature of ODU's CNS 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. These highly specialized actors provide safe practicum experiences where you will learn and refine clinical skills. You will also complete a clinical practicum experience.

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 CNS 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 #7

Best Value Online Master’s in Nursing Adult Gerontology, 2017 - BestCollegeValues.com

Required Courses

  • 49/53 credit hours, which includes:
    • Clinical practicum at a physical location
    • Educator internship
    • 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 in Virginia Beach.

Contact us 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.

Clinical practicums are completed at a physical location and are negotiated on an individual basis.

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

Careers in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology

This program prepares you for career opportunities in: 

  • Clinical Leadership
  • Educational Leadership
  • Administration
  • Public or Military Health Care
  • Public Policy 
  • Research 

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 University requirements for graduate admission, you must hold a current license as a registered nurse and have an undergraduate degree in nursing from a NLNAC OR CCNE accredited program (preferred) or a bachelor's degree in a related field.

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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.