These programs at ODU earned national recognition

NORFOLK — Old Dominion University is ranked 15th nationally in the Top Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs 2019 by

ODU is the only school from Virginia among the 25 universities that were recognized.

To rank the online programs, looked for colleges and universities offering hybrid and low-residency Doctor of Nursing programs designed for working professionals. The programs were ranked according to three criteria:

  • Cost (based on Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System score)
  • Reputation (according to score)
  • Return in investment (using College Scorecard salary data)

Only regionally accredited colleges and universities were considered; all ranked programs are also accredited by the Commission on College Nursing Education or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Old Dominion’s online DNP programs are offered in two specializations: DNP Advanced Practice or Nurse Executive DNP.

Those seeking to advance their career with a Master’s of Science in Nursing to DNP degree can choose either of these programs. The MSN to DNP program is designed to enhance leadership and practice skills of top-level nurses.

“The DNP program at Old Dominion University has had tremendous success in preparing its graduates to be leaders and change agents in health care,” said Carolyn Rutledge, associate chair of nursing. “Graduates have gone on to serves as delegates in the Virginia General Assembly, receive Fulbright Scholarships, work for the American Nurses Association, serve on state and national boards, lead hospital systems and run their own practices.”

ODU guarantees that students pursuing an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree will get all the resources and academic support available to campus students.

“ODU’s online MSN to DNP program is designed for ultimate flexibility,” according to “It’s the most accommodating online DNP program out there, tailor-made for working, top-level nurses looking to further their studies and advance their practice.”

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