About this Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree will provide additional education for nurses in upper-level administration and executive roles. The Nurse Executive role prepares top level nurse executives for leadership positions in a health system. The program outcomes are consistent with the American Organization of Nursing Leaders (AONL) guidelines for nurse executive practice. The course content focuses on executive leadership skills, working with vulnerable populations, fiscal and human resource management, quality magnet achievement, emerging technology, and organizational research in clinical issues. Students participate in executive internships throughout the program in their home area.

Program Highlights

  • Graduates of the program have become chief nurse executives of large health systems, secured jobs in healthcare business intelligence, and have developed business models for innovative new programs within health care organizations

  • Program provides a minimum of 560 clinical hours within four practicum courses

  • MSN courses with a supervised clinical practicum component will be considered for transfer credit toward the total clinical hour requirement

AT A GLANCE
Degree Level
Graduate
Degree Earned
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Delivery Modes

Careers

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

Medical and Health Services Managers

$111,680 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.

Chief Executives

$196,050 Median Salary

Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Legislators

$46,350 Median Salary

Develop, introduce or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.

Clinical Data Managers

$88,980 Median Salary

Apply knowledge of health care and database management to analyze clinical data, and to identify and report trends.

Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Nurse Executive DNP at ODU?
Students entering the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Nurse Executive DNP 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

Estimated rates for the 2023-24 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
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Non-Resident
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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

Scholarship

There is one scholarship available to Nurse Executive Post-Master’s D.N.P students. A competitive process is used to select the qualified award recipient after completion of two semesters in the program.