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Nursing (M.S.N.)

ODU School of Nursing is a leader in the use of distance learning technologies for course delivery in the graduate nursing programs. Our online graduate programs are consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being in the top 25% of online graduate nursing programs nationally. We are also a leader in the use of standardized patients for clinical nursing education. A long-standing partnership with the Eastern Virginia Medical School/Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning enables graduate students to learn critical health assessment and cultural competency skills by interacting with standardized patients.

Program Concentrations

  1. Nurse Practitioner:  Family, Neonatal, Pediatric Psychiatric-Mental Health
  2. Clinical Nurse Specialist:  Adult Gerontology/Educator, Neonatal, Pediatric

Nursing (M.S.N.)


Description


What is Nursing MSN at ODU like?

ODU School of Nursing is a leader in the use of distance learning technologies for course delivery in the graduate nursing programs. Our online graduate programs are consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being in the top 25% of online graduate nursing programs nationally. We are also a leader in the use of standardized patients for clinical nursing education. A long-standing partnership with the Eastern Virginia Medical School/Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning enables graduate students to learn critical health assessment and cultural competency skills by interacting with standardized patients.

Program Concentrations

  1. Nurse Practitioner:  Family, Neonatal, Pediatric Psychiatric-Mental Health
  2. Clinical Nurse Specialist:  Adult Gerontology/Educator, Neonatal, Pediatric

Program Highlights


What makes Nursing MSN at ODU unique?

  • Certification Pass Rate of Advanced Practice Nursing Graduates: 95%

  • Overall Satisfaction Rate of ODU Nursing Graduates Across All Programs: 97.5%

  • The Employment Rate Within One Year of Graduation For All Nursing Graduates: 99%

  • Program Offerings/MSN Role Options:

    Family Nurse Practitioner

    Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

    Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist/Educator

    Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

     

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Nurse Practitioners

$107,480

MEDIAN SALARY


Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

$73,550

MEDIAN SALARY


Provide advanced nursing care for patients with psychiatric disorders. May provide psychotherapy under the direction of a psychiatrist.

Clinical Nurse Specialists

$73,550

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate the daily patient care activities in a clinical practice. Ensure adherence to established clinical policies, protocols, regulations, and standards.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Nursing MSN at ODU?

NURS 709:
Evidence-Based Research and Theories for Nursing Practice


This course focuses on the development of advanced nursing knowledge related to the utilization of evidence-based research for best practice. The focus is on understanding nursing and non-nursing models, concepts, and theories as the supporting framework for professional nursing practice and research. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation and application of research and evidence for use in advanced practice.

NURS 715:
Ethical Concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing


This course is designed to provide students with core ethical knowledge necessary to describe and analyze ethical concepts foundational to the advanced practice nursing role. Students will develop and evaluate strategies, including ethical decision making frameworks, to address ethical dilemmas inherent in patient care, health organizations and research.

NURS 761:
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing


This course will develop and enhance the advanced practice nurse's knowledge of pharmacological management of the patient. Expanded knowledge and application of advanced pharmacologic concepts across the lifespan will build upon previous elemental concepts in pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics obtained in undergraduate education and clinical practice.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Nursing MSN at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science in Nursing program in Nursing MSN should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • Obtain and complete the ODU Graduate application online. Do not send application materials to the School of Nursing. All application materials must be completed by the posted deadline for consideration for each concentration area

  • Please request three references as indicated on the application form using the forms supplied. The references should be former supervisors and faculty

  • You will need to request that official copies of all your transcripts be sent to graduate admissions

  • Submission of a goal statement is required. Your goal statement should speak specifically to the concentration area to which you are applying

  • Submit a current resume that includes all work and education experience, as well as any scholarship or professional activity

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Traineeship Funds


Traineeship funds are occasionally available for qualified students.

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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