About this Program

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

  • 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


Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Science in Nursing
Delivery Modes


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.

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

$143,703 Median Salary

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

Nurse Practitioners

$121,610 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.

Clinical Nurse Specialists

$94,545 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.


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


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
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

Traineeship Funds

Traineeship funds are occasionally available for qualified students.


Graduate Student Services Coordinator