Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

MSN degreeOffering a holistic approach to health and nursing care, this program focuses on leadership and professional commitment. Through academic courses and clinical experiences, you will enhance your expertise in theory, research, and advanced nursing practice.

This tract is for Family Nurse Practitioner. Successful completion of the FNP Program qualifies you to apply for FNP certification from the American Nurses' Association or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

The program is approved by the Virginia Joint Board of Nursing and Medicine, which grants licensure for nurse practitioners.

Note: The next cohort (Fall 2015) is only accepting full-time students.

Please indicate if you would be alternatively interested a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program when requesting information about the Family Nurse Practitioner program.


The physical assessment lab and clinical practicums require you to attend scheduled activities at a physical location in Virginia.

NURS 672 is a physical assessment lab that takes place in Virginia. This lab is scheduled in the fall semester for students who will begin clinical practicum in the following spring semester. Labs are arranged at various sites throughout the state. (For example, in previous years the NURS 672 course has met on ODU's main Norfolk campus, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeCentral Virginia Community College, Southside Virginia Community College (ChristannaJ.H. Daniel campuses), and in Abingdon and Martinsville.) You may have to travel to the lab's location depending on the number of students in the area who need the lab. If you live outside of Virginia, you can complete this program by traveling to the location for NURS 672 classes or by completing an acceptable transfer course.

Course NURS 768 is the Nursing Seminar on Complex Health Issues that is taken in your final Fall semester. This course meets up to three times during the semester in a seminar format with student presentations. Dates for the seminar will be made available just after the start of the fall semester.

Please visit the School of Nursing web site for course details.

Admission Information

In addition to meeting University requirements, applicants for the MSN program must meet the following criteria:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a NLNAC OR CCNE accredited program (preferred) or a bachelor's degree in a related field. Degrees earned from nationally accredited institutions do not meet admission requirements for graduate study at ODU.
  • An undergraduate degree with quality grade point average of 3.0 overall and
    • 3.0 in the major
    • completed undergraduate courses in statistics and health assessment
  • One year of recent clinical nursing experience, preferably post-baccalaureate experience.
  • A current license as a registered nurse.
  • Satisfactory achievement on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (400 or higher for regular admission) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (at least 1000 combined on verbal and quantitative sections) taken in the past five years.

separate application to the School of Nursing is required.

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.

Family Nurse Practitioner Careers

  • Family Practice/Primary Care clinic
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s Health
  • Health Education and Disease Prevention
  • Gerontology
  • HMO/Insurance
  • Public Health
  • Community Health Clinic
  • Acute Care
  • Occupational Health
  • Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Cardiovascular Care
  • Emergency Services
  • Policy Advisor
  • Researcher

Learning Environment

Courses in this program may be offered in these technologies:

Online asynchronous: This program's curriculum is provided in various online formats. You will access course presentations and information in ODU's Blackboard learning management system. 

Faculty may schedule live online chats with students or host online office hours so that you may ask course related questions in a virtual environment. These sessions will be identified in your course syllabus or posted in Blackboard announcements by faculty.

Face-to-Face (extended campus): NURS 672 is a physical assessment lab that takes place in Virginia. If you live outside of Virginia, you can complete this program by traveling to the location for NURS 672 classes or by completing an acceptable transfer course. Clinical practicums also must be completed at a physical location.

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.

Face-to-Face (extended campus): You attend class in the room with the instructor at an extended campus location. Class is not broadcast or streamed.

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