Academic Catalog


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

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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

The pre-licensure baccalaureate curriculum is designed to accommodate the needs of students desiring to become registered nurses. The pre-licensure nursing curriculum admits a cohort of students each fall semester. This is a full-time program where all nursing courses are completed in five consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall, spring). Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the national licensure exam (NCLEX) to become registered nurses. 

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.

Intended Pre-licensure Nursing Students - Health Sciences Advising Center

Students who qualify for regular admission to the University and who intend to apply for admission to the pre-licensure nursing program are considered Intended Health Sciences students until admitted to nursing. They will be assigned an advisor in the Health Sciences Advising Center while completing general education and prerequisite requirements needed to apply to their intended major.  Intended health sciences students receive individualized advising support designed to prepare them for success in their chosen health sciences major.


Health Sciences Advising Center
3113 Health Sciences Building

Regulations for Continuance as an Intended Pre-licensure Nursing Major

Students are eligible to continue as an Intended Nursing major as long as they meet both of the following:

  1. Meet the continuance regulations of the University.
  2. Make reasonable progress toward matriculation into the pre-licensure nursing major.

At the end of each semester (fall, spring, and summer), the Health Sciences Advising Center reviews the records of all students who do not meet minimum admissions requirements for their intended major (see admissions information in the specific program sections of the Catalog and on the website.)  A student who has ceased reasonable progress toward admission into the pre-licensure nursing program will be notified in writing via the student's Old Dominion University e-mail address, in accordance with the Electronic Communication Policy for Official University Business.

Students identified as not making reasonable progress toward their intended degree program will be referred to an advisor in the Student Success Center and/or the Center for Major Exploration for assistance in selecting a new intended major.

Pre-licensure Nursing Program Admission

Acceptance to the University does not constitute or guarantee acceptance into the pre-licensure nursing major. A separate application must be submitted to be considered for acceptance into the pre-licensure nursing major. Application information, qualifications, deadlines, and advisors are listed in the specific program sections of the Catalog and on the website. Admission to the School of Nursing is a competitive process.

Students who wish to enter the pre-licensure nursing major must be admitted to ODU and submit a School of Nursing Supplemental Application by February 15. Late or incomplete pre-licensure applications will not be considered. The pre-licensure program admits students for the fall semester only. Students are notified by the program director of their acceptance and any other program specific requirements such as physicals, immunizations, technical standards, etc.

Continuance in the pre-licensure nursing major requires strong academic achievement, including successful demonstration of knowledge and use of practical and critical thinking skills in laboratory and in clinical rotations. Criminal background checks and routine drug screenings are requirements enforced by the School of Nursing's clinical partners. Any student deemed unacceptable for clinical rotation due to results from a criminal background check /drug screen will not be allowed to complete the program of study.

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. A minimum of 30 credit hours that apply to the BSN must be completed before applying to the program. If admitted, all required lower-division departmental and general education courses must be completed prior to the enrollment date of the nursing curriculum. 
  4. Transfer students must have a transfer of credit evaluation completed by the transfer evaluation unit in the Office of Admissions.

The School of Nursing is committed to an equitable, inclusive, and diverse learning community. A balance of applicant experiences, attributes, and academic metrics is used to assess applicants. Academic metrics will be applied across the entire qualified candidate pool with the intent of creating a richly diverse student body. Pre-licensure applicant review considers the following criteria:

  • Grade point average (GPA) of identified courses
  • Pre-admissions aptitude testing (i.e., HESI)
  • Measure of applicant experiences/attributes related to potential for success (i.e., work/volunteer experience, ODU prerequisites).
  • Personal statements may be obtained through writing prompts and/or interviews.

Guaranteed Entry Program for High School Students

The nursing program offers a guaranteed entry program. This program is designed for highly qualified high school students who are committed to completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Old Dominion University. Applicants must meet and maintain eligibility requirements as defined by the program. For more information, contact the pre-nursing advisor at 683-5137.

General Pre-Licensure Policies

  1. All pre-licensure students are required to have an initial physical exam completed and submitted by the first week of courses in the major.
  2. Returning prelicensure students (second year, third year) must have an annual PPD and returning physical form completed and submitted by the first week of courses in the fall semester.
  3. All prelicensure students must provide written documentation of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation certification (professional level course) each year by the first week of courses in the semester.
  4. Professional liability insurance is required for all clinical courses. The University covers this requirement for students enrolled in required clinical courses for the activities associated with those courses.
  5. Due to the intimate nature of nursing practice with vulnerable populations, criminal background/sex offender status checks are required of all prelicensure students.
  6. The School of Nursing technical standards and performance requirements are located on the School's website and student handbook.
  7. The School of Nursing computer competency requirements are located on the School's website and student handbook. 

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 nursing student who fails a nursing course and is readmitted to the nursing program is allowed to repeat the failed course only once.
  4. A student who leaves the major and is readmitted may be required to take additional course work prior to or concurrent with readmission.
  5. 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.