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.