Program Overview

The online MSN degree program from Old Dominion University provides registered nurses with the knowledge and skills required to advance their careers and pursue leadership positions in the field. In order to suit their personal interests and career goals, students may choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist/Educator
  • ​Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • ​Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE)


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


    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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