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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Contact Us

 DNP Graduate Program Directors:

  • Advanced Practice DNP Programs - Dr. Carolyn Rutledge, DNP Graduate Program Director at (757)469-6735 or crutledg@odu.edu
  • Nurse Executive DNP Programs- Dr. Michelle Renaud, DNP Graduate Program Director at 757-709-1660 or mrenaud@odu.edu
  • Chair of School of Nursing: Dr. Karen Karlowicz

Graduates say:

The 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

Full or Part-time Program of Study:

  • Postmasters (4 full-time or 7 part-time semesters, beginning January)
    - Advanced Practice (NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA)
    - Nurse Executive
  • BS to DNP (7 to 8 full-time or 13 to 14 part-time semesters)
    - Advanced Practice (FNP,CNS)
    - Nurse Executive


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Application Due Dates:

Postmaster - September 15th, early decision prior to September

BS to DNP - March 1st

BS to DNP Executive - August 15th

Our Values:

  • Respect
  • Trust
  • Compassion
  • Collaboration
  • Growth
  • Freedom
  • Advocacy