Why ODU for Pediatric Nursing?

This degree program prepares you to provide comprehensive primary care for children from birth through young adulthood. You'll gain essential knowledge and develop critical skills to aid in providing comprehensive care, including health promotion, health maintenance and restorative care to well, at-risk, and chronically ill pediatric patients and their families. Telehealth and interprofessional collaboration are integrated throughout the program. You will be required travel to ODU's School of Nursing in Virginia Beach for scheduled training and/or testing at critical points in the program.

You'll be taught by ODU faculty who are involved in practice as well as teaching, so they can prepare you for current issues in healthcare. Plus, our curriculum is designed to lead you on a continuous path from BS/BSN to MSN to DNP. You can earn this Pediatric Nurse Practitioner MSN and continue your studies in ODU's Advanced Practice Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. Traineeship grants may be available to assist with tuition, dependent on grant funding.

A unique feature of ODU's PNP program is our collaboration 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. Plus, our School of Nursing maintains a strong relationship with The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, the only freestanding, full-service, not-for-profit children’s hospital in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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.

* Note: This program is not available in the state of Washington.

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

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Best Online Nurse Practitioner Programs, 2017 - CollegeChoice.net

Required Courses

  • 49 credit hours
  • Clinical practicum at a physical location
  • Hands-on training at ODU's Virginia Beach campus

In certain courses, you will be required to travel to ODU's Virginia Beach (usually once in the semester) for training or testing. The final, demonstrated comprehensive exam must also be completed at the Virginia Beach campus.

Visit the School of Nursing website for curriculum details.

Talk to an enrollment coordinator 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 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 School of Nursing in Virginia Beach (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 Pediatric Nursing

As a CPNP-PC, you may practice in a variety of health care settings that may include pediatric primary care in private practice, school-based clinics, public health departments, hospitals, and sub-specialty clinics. For more information about this role, visit the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board website or the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners web site.

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Graduate Tuition

  • In-state Virginia Residents$523 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-State Students$568 per credit hour

* Normal domicile rules apply.

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How to Apply

In addition to meeting general ODU admission requirements, applicants for the MSN program must have:

  • A current unencumbered/unrestricted license as a registered nurse in Virginia or a Compact State.
  • A bachelor of science in nursing (or RN with a bachelor's degree in a related field).
  • Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate statistics course and an undergraduate physical/health assessment course.
  • One year of current clinical nursing experience, preferably post-baccalaureate.
  • If GPA is below 3.5, then 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.