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School of NursingUndergraduate Prelicensure

The Prelicensure Program is ideal for students from a variety of educational backgrounds: high school graduates, those with associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees in fields other than nursing, and military and civilians who are making career changes. During the challenging five semester academic program in the major, students participate in classes, laboratory experiences and clinical experiences under the guidance of highly competent qualified faculty.

For advising information about the Nursing Prelicensure Program, please contact the College of Health Sciences Advising Department.

Program Outcomes

2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate*
92.15% 88.23% 92.2% 86.2% 90%
Retention Rate 92.2% 90.74% 82.8% 92.6% 92.5%
1 Year Employment Rate >90% >90% >90% >90% >90%

* NCLEX-RN pass rates reflect results of all graduates in a calendar year, some of who may have tested in another state outside of Virginia.

Prelicensure Program

Both nationally and state accredited, the BSN program consists of 120 - 126 semester credits:

  • 66 credits in the nursing major
  • 54-60 credits in liberal arts and sciences.

Minimum GPA for admission to prelicensure program is 3.00. Admission is currently based upon GPA using the highest grades earned in the required prerequisites courses. Please note that for the past several years, students admitted to the program have had at least a 3.6 GPA.

The curriculum admits a cohort of students each fall semester under one schedule, incorporates current recommendations for undergraduate nursing education, and is designed to get graduates into the workforce and enrolled in graduate nursing programs more quickly. Each student will perform 66 credit hours for the major, and are required to obtain 120 hours graduate with a BSN.

Students admitted will be:

  1. Required to have all non-nursing education courses fully completed before admission to the nursing major; there are no exceptions to this requirement.

  2. Completing all courses in the nursing major in five (5) consecutive semesters

Once admitted, students must continue in the assigned plan of study. If students do not complete requirements as scheduled, students will be permitted to continue in the program and assigned to a new schedule only as space is available.

Please contact Health Sciences Advising at hsadvising@odu.edu to determine if you have completed all courses and program requirements.

Check here to see if the ODU BSN program meets eligibility requirements for licensure in the state where you plan to reside after graduation.

The application process includes the completion of an application to the School of Nursing and a separate application for admission to Old Dominion University as a degree-seeking student.

Nursing Contact

1881 University Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
757-683-4297 (office)
757-683-5253 (fax)

Ready to Apply?

Contact the College of Health Sciences Advising Department.

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