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Prospective Prelicensure Students


Please note, your offer of university admission does not ensure future entrance into your intended academic major. Nursing maintains supplemental requirements for entry into the program. To be eligible for admission to the prelicensure program, applicants must have completed all prerequisite coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A GPA of 3.6 or higher is typically needed to be competitive for admission.

Please be advised that prior to enrollment in the BSN program, students will be asked to submit a background check and urine drug screen. Completion of the BSN degree does not guarantee eligibility to become a Registered Nurse in Virginia. The Board (of Nursing) may refuse to admit a candidate to any examination, refuse to issue a licensee of certificate to any applicant, and may suspend any license or certificate for a stated period or indefinitely, or revoke any license or certificate, or censure to reprimand any licensee or certificate holder, or place licensee on probation for such time as it may designate per Board of Nursing regulations. (Reference: 54.1-3007, Refusal, revocation or suspension, censure or probation - COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, BOARD OF NURSING, STATUTES AND REGULATIONS.)

http://leg1.state.va.us/000/cod/54.1-3007.HTM

For more information, visit odu.edu/hs/advising, email hsadvising@odu.edu, or call 757-683-5137.


How do I schedule a tour of the School of Nursing labs and classrooms?

Unfortunately, the School of Nursing does not offer tours. Our labs and classrooms are heavily utilized for instruction of our current students and not available for tours. The University offers campus tours to prospective students. We've developed a short video to provide a virtual tour of the School of Nursing facilities.



Are nursing courses offered on the main campus of ODU?

No, students complete general education and prerequisite courses on the main campus of ODU but all prelicensure nursing courses are offered at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center at 1881 University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.

How do I get involved in the nursing program as a freshman at ODU?

The Student Nurses Association welcomes all students. SNA is an ODU student organization that promotes professional development through community service and peer guidance.

Freshman students may also be interested in joining the COHS learning community. The College of Health Sciences Health Professions Learning Community is intended to help you build the strong academic foundation needed to be competitive for admission to the major.

Where will I complete my clinical experiences?

Students complete direct patient care clinical experiences in healthcare facilities throughout the Hampton Roads area. Some clinical sites may be as much as 30 miles away from the main campus. PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION IS NECESSARY.

When will I be notified of my admission status?

The School of Nursing will notify all applicants in April.

How do I know which classes at the Virginia Community College System to take to transfer to ODU?

Students transferring credits from the Virginia Community College System can check this link https://www.odu.edu/transfer/vccs for transfer credit information.

What grade must be earned for a course to transfer from another institution into Old Dominion University?

A "C" or above must be earned in a course to receive transfer credit. A "C-" or below will not transfer.

I've completed a math course, do I still need to take statistics?

Yes, nursing practice is based on evidence. We use statistics everyday to analyze charts, interpret results and summarize findings. We use statistics to enhance patient care and support evidenced based practices. In addition, graduate nursing programs require completion of statistics for admission. Our BSN program prepares students for future graduate coursework.

What happens if I earn a C- or less on a prerequisite course?

All prerequisite nursing courses must be completed with a C or higher. You are not eligible to begin the nursing curriculum if you earn a C- or less on a prerequisite course. If you have already been admitted to the major, you should notify us immediately and drop any nursing courses in which you have enrolled.

What are the computing standards?

You may review the computing standards here.

What are the technical standards?

You may review the technical standards here.

Are credits accepted from hospital-based diploma programs?

No. For credits to be accepted into Old Dominion University, courses must have been taken at a higher education institution accredited by a regional accrediting body. In order to recognize the prior clinical education of all RN to BSN students, 33 credits in experiential learning are awarded based on a current, unencumbered RN licensure as students progress through the program.

Does Old Dominion University accept CLEP credits?

Yes. CLEP credits can be used to fulfill selected general education requirements. For a list of subjects in which CLEP credits can be awarded, click here.

I haven't taken all of the general education and departmental requirements. Can I still apply to the nursing program?

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have completed the following courses at the time of application:

Written Comm. Skills (ENGL 110C) - 3 credits

Developmental Psychology (PSYC 203S) - 3 credits

Introduction to Sociology (SOC 201S) - 3 credits

College Chemistry I (CHEM 105/106N or CHEM 121/122N) - 4 credits

Microbiology (BIO 103) - 4 credits

Human Anatomy I (BIO 250) - 4 credits

Mathematical Skills (STAT 130M) - 3 credits

Student must have a minimum of 30 completed credit hours to apply, keeping in mind that all non-nursing courses must be completed before the fall if admitted to the program.

Does ODU provide transportation from the main campus to the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center?

No, ODU does not currently offer transportation service from the main campus to the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center. Nursing students must provide their own transportation to clinical sites throughout Hampton Roads.

Am I allowed to live on the main campus while enrolled in nursing courses at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center.

Yes, full time students enrolled in nursing courses at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center are eligible for on campus housing and other privileges of full time students.

What is the HESI A2? Is it required for my admissions application?

The HESI A2 Assessment Test is a requirement for all students applying to Old Dominion University's School of Nursing. Previously, the ODU School of Nursing included five academic exams on the HESI A2. To align the requirements of other nursing programs locally and around the country, the School of Nursing will now include all sections of the exam on our admission assessment.

PLEASE NOTE: The School of Nursing accepts transcripts for the HESI A2 that have been completed within the past two years. If you completed the five section HESI A2 Exam last year, this transcript is still acceptable for your admission packet.

The HESI A2 Exam consists of seven academic exams and two personal assessment (not scored) exams:

  1. Reading Comprehension: Provides scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension, including identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, and making logical inferences.
  2. Vocabulary & General Knowledge: Tests knowledge of everyday vocabulary terms, as well as vocabulary used in healthcare fields.
  3. Grammar: Assesses knowledge of basic grammar, including parts of speech, important terms and their uses in grammar, commonly occurring grammatical errors and more.
  4. Basic Math Skills: Focuses on math skills needed for healthcare fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures and general math facts.
  5. Biology: Covers biology basics, water, biological molecules, metabolism, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis and more.
  6. Chemistry: Contains test items that cover matter, chemical equations and reactions, the periodic table, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding and more.
  7. Anatomy & Physiology: Provides coverage of general terminology and anatomical structures and systems.

Personal Assessment Areas (not scored):

  1. Personality Profile: Uses concepts related to introversion and extroversion to classify the student's personality style
  2. Learning Style: Assesses the preferred learning style of the prospective applicant and offers test-taking and study tips suited for that learning style.

Please email universitytesting@odu.edu for additional information.



Current Prelicensure Students

Why do I have to have a health physical with vaccination and serum titers for entry into the School of Nursing?

Our partner Health Care Facilities must have all employees and student nurses working with patients follow OSHA and Joint Commission policies. This is for the protection of patients and employees and student nurses. All of our health physical requirements are the same followed by our partner facilities.

Where should I have my criminal background check sent?

The School of Nursing uses Castle Branch. Have your Criminal Background information sent directly to you. Do not have it sent to the School of Nursing.

How do I obtain textbooks?

Students may purchase textbooks at the Old Dominion University Bookstore on the main campus or online. Textbook requirements and editions often change from one year to the next so please be sure you have the most current ISBN and edition information before purchasing.

If there is room in my schedule of classes, may I take courses listed at the junior and senior levels?

No. Nursing courses must be completed in the order in which they appear on your curriculum guide. Each course has content and skills required by subsequent courses.

What happens if I fail a nursing course?

You may petition to be readmitted to the nursing program only once.

Am I able to choose the hospital I desire for clinical experiences?

No. Nursing clinical experiences may be assigned in any of the seven cities in the Hampton Roads area. Students do not have a choice of clinical practice sites and are purposely rotated through a variety of sites to experience how nursing is actualized in different settings.

Will I be able to work (full or part-time) while I am a nursing student?

The BSN curriculum is rigorous. Students are encouraged not to work; if necessary, students should work part-time or as little as possible in order to be successful in the program.

May I complete the nursing prelicensure curriculum part-time?

No. Nursing is a practice discipline with a licensing exam required after graduation. Part-time study puts a student at risk for passing the licensing examination due to the length of time between initial nursing courses and senior courses if stretched out for 4-6 years of part-time study.

Where will I complete my clinical experiences?

Students complete direct patient care clinical experiences in healthcare facilities throughout the Hampton Roads area. Some clinical sites may be as much as 30 miles away from the main campus. PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION IS NECESSARY.

What grade is necessary in nursing courses at Old Dominion University?

For students to remain in good academic standing, a "C" grade or above is necessary in each nursing course.



Prospective RN-BSN and Concurrent Students

I completed courses at another college/university during the summer. What now?

You must send an official transcript to the ODU Office of Admissions and an unofficial copy to the School of Nursing.

Is the RN to BSN program offered full-time or part-time?

RN to BSN students are admitted to begin the nursing curriculum every Fall, Spring and Summer semester. Students may complete the RN to BSN nursing major on a full-time or part-time basis. The full time option is recommended only for those students who are licensed RNs but who are not working as an RN. Should you begin a position as an RN after enrolling in the full time option it is recommended that you move into the part time curriculum. The program may be completed in one calendar year for full-time students. While a two-year, part-time completion of nursing courses is typical, students may proceed at a slower pace, if desired, to allow students to work towards a degree while meeting the demands of work and family responsibilities.

Are any of the postlicensure courses offered on campus?

All postlicensure courses are offered online through distance learning.

I've completed a math course, do I still need to take statistics?

Yes, nursing practice is based on evidence. We use statistics everyday to analyze charts, interpret results and summarize findings. We use statistics to enhance patient care and support evidenced based practices. In addition, graduate nursing programs require completion of statistics for admission. Our BSN program prepares students for future graduate coursework.

I am interested in the concurrent program but have not been accepted to an affiliated school yet. Should I still apply to the nursing program at ODU?

No, applicants must be admitted to an affiliated school before applying to the School of Nursing at ODU. A copy of an acceptance letter from the RN program or proof of enrollment is required when applying.


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