Academic Catalog


School of Nursing 

1881 University Drive, Virginia Beach Higher Education Center

Suzanne Wright, Interim Dean
Carolyn Rutledge, Associate Chair
Janice Hawkins, Graduate Program Director

Graduate Nursing Programs

The School of Nursing offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P). All graduate nursing programs are offered in a hybrid online and on-campus format with the exception of Nurse Anesthesia. Graduate nursing programs are designed to prepare graduates with expertise in theory, research, and advanced nursing practice. Through academic courses and clinical experiences, graduate students are prepared to meet the present nationwide demand for nurses in advanced practice, leadership and education. The graduate nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Graduate students may specialize in a variety of roles. All specialties emphasize development of the nursing role through advanced theory and research. The program strives to instill leadership responsibility, professional commitment, and a holistic approach to health and nursing care in its graduates.

The number of credits required for the Master of Science in Nursing degree varies and reflects specific courses and practicum requirements necessary for certification in a specialty area of professional nursing practice. Tracks in the MSN program are designed for completion in five consecutive semesters following a full-time schedule; a part-time curriculum schedule may be available for selected tracks upon request. 

NURS 800 and NURS 809, incorporated into the MSN core curriculum, are required prerequisites for the DNP.  Before completion of the MSN, graduate students will be asked to indicate whether or not they intend to continue their studies to earn the DNP.

Refer to the School of Nursing website at for program specific course schedules.