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Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Practice with a Concentration in Advanced Practice (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice 

Carolyn Rutledge, Program Director

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed for nurses that are seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice.  DNP-prepared nurses are equipped to serve as clinical experts, change agents, and advocates in addressing healthcare in our nation.  Specific areas of focus include: advanced practice skills, healthcare policy, organizational and systems leadership, interprofessional collaboration, evidence-based research, healthcare technology, informatics, and patient advocacy.  The DNP program at ODU is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree will provide additional education for advanced practice nurses in:

  1. Advanced diagnostics and practice skills;
  2. Care of the underserved and increasingly diverse population; and
  3. Incorporation of emerging care technologies. The program may be completed as a full-time or part-time student and is distance friendly.

To graduate from Old Dominion University’s DNP Program, a student must have successfully completed all required course work, including prerequisite courses of NURS 800 and NURS 809, an evidence-based research project and all clinical practicum. It will take a full-time student four semesters (spring, summer, fall and spring) to complete the program. A part-time student will complete the DNP program in seven semesters (spring, summer, fall, spring, summer, fall, and spring). The DNP - Post Master's Advanced Practice track is offered in a hybrid format.