Program Overview

The online DNP degree program from Old Dominion University prepares students to serve as leaders, researchers, and expert clinicians in addressing health disparities and barriers to healthcare. Graduates possess the knowledge and skills required to:

  • ​Take leadership in developing interdisciplinary teams
  • ​Conduct evidence-based research
  • ​Develop programs to improve healthcare outcomes
  • ​Become business owners
  • Address national policy issues
  • ​Advocate for the use of healthcare technology
  • Have a voice in healthcare change
  • ​Overcome issues related to healthcare

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE)


    • Completed a MS or MSN degree.
    • Advanced practice education and licensure as a NP, CNS, CNM or CRNA.
    • Graduate degree with quality point averages of 3.2 overall.
    • Required to travel to main campus ODU once a semester for a long weekend of advising and experiential activities. Upon program completion, you'll be eligible to take the national certification examination.


    This program is not available in the following states: Washington.

    School Overview

    Old Dominion University was founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of The College of William and Mary. Then in 1962, Old Dominion became an independent institution; and later in 1969, Old Dominion gained university status. Today, Old Dominion University is a four-year, public research institution of higher education, located in Norfolk, which is a city in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, with a mission “to serve its students and enrich the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement.”

    Old Dominion offers academic and professional degrees and certificates from the bachelor's to the doctoral level from the following colleges:

    • College of Arts & Letters
    • Strome College of Business
    • Darden College of Education
    • Batten College of Engineering & Technology
    • College of Health Sciences
    • College of Sciences
    • Honors College
    • The Graduate School
    • College of Continuing Education & Professional Development

    Students can enroll in online bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, ed specialist, and certificate and licensure programs in many different fields. While some online programs support asynchronous formats, other degrees support synchronous coursework.


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