Nursing - Nurse Executive (DNP)

Nurse ExecutiveThe Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Executive program is designed to prepare the top level nurse executive for a health system.

Course work focuses on executive leadership skills, working with vulnerable populations, fiscal and human resource management, quality magnet achievement, emerging technology and organizational research in clinical issues.

ODU's Doctor of Nursing Practice program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Why ODU for a Nurse Executive degree?

Our graduates tell us that ODU's DNP program has transformed them into providers and administrators with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to:

  • Take leadership in developing interdisciplinary teams
  • Conduct evidence-based research
  • Develop programs to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Become business owners
  • Address national policy issues
  • Advocate for the use of healthcare technology
  • Have a voice in healthcare change
  • Overcome issues related to healthcare

ODU's Doctor of Nursing Practice program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Note: Students participate in executive internships throughout the program in their home area. However, students are required to come to an ODU campus in the Hampton Roads area once a semester for a long weekend for advising and experiential activities.

Please visit the Doctor of Nursing Practice web site for more curriculum details.

Admission Information

This program begins new full- and part-time cohorts in January each year. The most current information on the application process (including due dates) can be found on the department's web site. When applying to this post-master's DNP program, you are not required to submit GRE scores.

If you are an international student interested in taking this program online from your home country, please contact the ODU International Admission Office for assistance.

Nurse Executive Careers

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Vice President
  • Executive-level nurse leader
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Policy advisor
  • Health program developer

Calculating Cost

Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $464
Students living outside of Virginia $501
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $1160

Rates are effective Fall 2015 and subject to change. Please visit ODU's main Admission & Financial Aid web site for complete tuition details, including fees and deadlines.

For questions about domicile or “in-state” status as it applies to tuition rates, please click here.

Learning Environment

Courses in this program may be offered in these technologies:

Face-to-Face (extended campus): You attend class in the room with the instructor at an extended campus location for one weekend a semester.

Online Asynchronous: Access course materials online from any location. These courses require little to no synchronous (same-time) scheduled class meetings, but assignments and exams are scheduled by the instructor. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Practicum / Internship: A practicum or internship is a required part of this program.