Academic Catalog


Bachelor of Science in Nursing Nursing Post-Licensure Major (BSN)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lynn Wiles, Undergraduate Program Director
Suzanne Van Orden, Chief Academic Advisor

The post-licensure curriculum is designed for registered nurses who are returning to complete their BSN. The post-licensure curriculum is offered in both a full-time and part-time format. As part of ODUGlobal, courses are offered in an on-line program of study. 

Graduates of the baccalaureate program in professional nursing are generalists prepared to care for culturally diverse individuals and groups across the lifespan in a complex global community. Upon completion of the innovative, technology-enhanced program, graduates are knowledgeable about current trends in health care, assume responsibility for their professional growth, and are prepared for graduate study in nursing. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing. 


Admission to the School of Nursing is a competitive process. Applicants for admission to the baccalaureate program in nursing should apply initially to the Office of Admissions of Old Dominion University to seek admission to the University. Admission to the University does not constitute admission to the School of Nursing.

Applicants for admission to the undergraduate nursing program must complete prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better prior to being admitted to the School of Nursing. Transfer students may complete the prerequisite courses at another college or university but are responsible for having a transfer credit evaluation completed by the transfer evaluation unit in the Office of Admissions to determine that transfer courses are equivalent and acceptable to University requirements.

Applicants must complete a School of Nursing Supplemental Application to be considered for admission to the undergraduate nursing program. The School of Nursing Supplemental Application may be obtained directly from the School of Nursing Academic Advising Office or the School of Nursing website:

In summary the applicant must:

  1. Apply and be admitted to the University as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.
  2. Submit a School of Nursing Supplemental Application directly to the School of Nursing with photocopies of all previous college transcripts attached. Submit all items in the same envelope. Do not mail transcripts in separate envelopes to the School of Nursing.
  3. Have a transfer of credit evaluation completed by the transfer evaluation unit in the Office of Admissions.
  4. Have an unencumbered RN license.

Transfer of Nursing Credits

Concurrent and RN-BSN students seeking to transfer NURSING credits from another NLNAC or CCNE accredited BSN program must submit photocopies of all nursing course syllabi for which they desire transfer credit approval. The School of Nursing Admission's Committee and nursing faculty will review the transfer course content for comparability with ODU nursing courses and determine if advanced placement in the BSN curriculum is appropriate.

Because of the dynamic nature of the nursing profession, currency of both nursing content and clinical skills is essential. Patient safety is of critical concern and is compromised when a student has out-of-date knowledge and/or less than competent nursing care skills. Transfer of nursing credits into the BSN curriculum may be affected if there has been a lapse of time greater than one year since previous nursing enrollment or by availability of clinical placements.

Continuance Policies

  1. A grade of C (2.00) or better is required in all nursing courses to continue in the nursing program.
  2. An average of 80% or better on objective tests within a nursing course is required to earn a grade of C (2.00). A student who earns an average less than 80% on objective tests for a nursing course is awarded a grade of D or F and will not be considered in good academic standing in the major.
  3. A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better is required to continue in the nursing program.
  4. A nursing student who fails a nursing course and is readmitted to the nursing program is allowed to repeat the failed course only once.
  5. A student who leaves the major and is readmitted may be required to take additional course work prior to or concurrent with readmission.
  6. A student may be readmitted to the nursing major only once.

Note: Policies and procedures are outlined in more detail in the School of Nursing Student Handbook. All students accepted into the nursing major are responsible for familiarizing themselves with this handbook upon entry into the major.