This program 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, preparing you for both clinical and academic roles. Courses include theory, research, education, adult-gerontology CNS professional and clinical cores, and an advanced practice area with a selected secondary focus.
You must travel to ODU's Virginia Beach campus for 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 (EVMS) Standardized Patient Program. It is one of the largest in the U.S. with more than 115 standardized patients ages 14 to 84. In it, specialized actors provide safe environments 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.