ODU School of Nursing

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In 1962, The Board of Visitors of Old Dominion College approved the creation of the program of nursing and in the following year, 1963, a Department of Nursing was formed within the School of Arts and Sciences. The enrolment for the first class was started in 1964, wherein 8 students were enrolled. Virginia State Board of Nursing granted accreditation to the program offered by ODU in 1968.

The Bachelor of Science in nursing program was granted accreditation by the National League for Nursing (NLN) in 1975. The Virginia State Council of Higher Education provided the approval for introducing of the master’s program at Old Dominion University in March 1979.

The University reorganization process prompted the separation of the School of Sciences and Health Professions into two different colleges during 1986 and, the result of this separation saw the creation of the Department of Nursing becoming the School of Nursing within the newly created College of Health Sciences. The school was also accorded 8 years accreditation by the NLN and ten years by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in the fall of 1999.

The basic goal of the school is to offer increased quality and competent health care in numerous types of health care environments. The vision of the school is to be known as leader in nursing education. The mission of the school is to excel in academic performance and clinical practice, avail various nursing opportunities, collaborate with diverse community and health care organizations, form a cluster of researchers, scholars and leaders to offer amicable and a healthy environment for learning and value integration among faculty, students, and clients and communities.

Following Programs are offered by the ODU School of Nursing:

BSN Tracks

BSN is offered in two tracks: pre-licensure, and post-licensure.

Pre-licensure track offers a bachelor’s degree and provide eligibility to sit for NCLEX-RN for licensure as a registered nurse (RN).

Post-licensure track is designed for licensed RN, who wants to purse further advance education by earning a BSN.

Graduate Programs

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Advanced Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Nurse Executive
  • Master of Science in Nursing:
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner to MSN

The students are also offered distance learning and online web based option for different programs including:

Undergraduate Options

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.) can be attended by campus and three distance learning formats, such as Online, TELETECHNET, and video streaming.
  • R.N. to B.S.N. curriculum, students can apply for the R.N. to B.S.N. /M.S.N. option.

Graduate Options

  • Masters of Science in Nursing and Doctorate in Nursing Practice

The students are also granted Financial Aids and Scholarships, which are especially meant for nursing students. These scholarships are offered jointly in collaboration with the University Financial Aid Office and the School of Nursing.


Old Dominion University
School of Nursing
Norfolk, VA 23529-0500
Phone: 757-683-4297
Fax: 757-683-5253
E-Mail oduson@odu.edu

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