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Why ODU for Pediatric Nursing?

Learn how to provide patient-centered quality care and improve health outcomes for newborns through young adults (including late adolescents and emancipated minors). In ODU's online pediatric CNS degree, you'll explore practice models, standards, and regulations that direct advanced nursing practice. Your coursework will focus on advanced clinical practice knowledge, leadership, and the integration of technology into practice. You'll also learn how to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based nursing assessments, interventions, and programs.

You will be required to travel to ODU's School of Nursing in Virginia Beach for scheduled training and/or testing at certain points in the program. We're proud to collaborate with Eastern Virginia Medical School's Standardized Patient Program, one of the largest in the U.S. These highly specialized actors provide safe practicum experiences where you will learn and refine clinical skills. You will also complete a 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 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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Required Courses

  • 53/57 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 in Virginia Beach.

Visit the School of Nursing website for curriculum details.

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 School of Nursing in Virginia Beach (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 as a Pediatric CNS

You will be prepared to work in a wide variety of health care settings. Our MSN graduates find careers in areas such as: 

  • Clinical leadership
  • Administration
  • Public or military health care
  • Public policy 
  • Research

Explore career data for your region at our Career Coach web site. 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 ODU 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.