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Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner

Applications for Fall 2014 are being accepted for FULL TIME only students. The application deadline is March 1, 2014.


Applications will be accepted from prospective students who are graduates of any Commission on Collegiate Nurse Education (CCNE) or Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, formerly NLNAC) accredited nursing program. However, priority for admissions will be given to qualified applicants whose degrees were conferred by institutions with regional accreditation (i.e. SACS).

Applications for Fall 2014 are being accepted for FULL TIME only students. The application deadline is March 1, 2014.


Old Dominion University has offered the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) role to students for more than twenty years. Graduates from the program have enjoyed career success in clinical, research, and academic settings. The FNP program is a clinically oriented component of the graduate program that prepares graduate students to provide a full range of primary care services to individuals and families throughout the life span. In collaboration with other health care professionals, graduate students will have the experience in a variety of primary care settings that including the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illnesses and health promotion and maintenance. These settings include family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and women's health sites. Additionally, the FNP students will participate in the Eastern Virginia Medical School standardized/simulated patient teaching program. The ODU-FNP program is the only program in Virginia to offer this unique educational experience to graduate students.

Critical thinking, clinical problem-solving and the research process are emphasized. Student clinical experiences are provided in a variety of primary care settings. Adjunct faculty members function as preceptors with guidance from the nurse practitioner faculty. The curriculum is designed to provide the graduate student with advanced skills in assessment, management and/or consultation and referral of the client/family within the primary care system. Successful completion of the FNP Program qualifies students 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.

Curriculum & Clinical Information

Curriculum
The Curriculum requires the completion of 47 credit hours. Additionally, a written comprehensive test must be successfully taken in the last semester of the program. Once these requirements have been met, a student is eligible to take either the American Nurses Certification Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners certification exam.

Clinical
Clinical experience begins in the spring semester. Prior to taking clinical, a student must successfully complete Nursing 670, 671, 672, 661 and 719 in addition to submitting required documents for RN license, CPR card, and physical examination.

Each student is required to complete 616 hours of clinical. The hours of clinical are as follows:

Primary Care 336 hours(or 392 if a specialty is not taken)
Women's Health 112 hours
Pediatrics 112 hours
Specialty 56 hours (optional)

Each student is strongly encouraged to locate their own site for clinical. If the student is unable to make these arrangements, FNP faculty is available for assistance.

Nursing 665 (A total of 112 clinical hours)
The NP student is expected to be in clinical for 8 hours each week for the 14-week semester. Clinical placement is to be made in a primary care setting such as family practice, internal medicine, or women's health. Prerequisites: Nurs 670, 671, 672, 661, 663, 719. Corequisites: Nurs 664,663, 762

Nursing 764 ( A total of 224 hours)
The NP student is expected to be in clinical for 16 hours each week for the 14-week semester. Clinical placement is to be made in a primary care setting such as family practice, internal medicine, women's health, or pediatrics. Prerequisites: Nurs 670, 671, 672, 661, 663, 665, 664, 762, 719. Corequisites: Nurs 705

Nursing 767 (A total of 280 clinical hours)
The NP student is expected to be in clinical for 20 hours each week for the 14-week semester. Clinical placement is to be made in a primary care setting such as family practice, internal medicine, women's health, pediatrics, and/or 56 hours of a specialty practice. Prerequisites: Nurs 670, 671, 672, 661, 663, 665, 664,705, 719, 762, 764. Corequisites: Nurs 765 and 768

Use of Standardized Patients in the ODU Nurse Practitioner Programs

Since 2001, the ODU Nurse Practitioner Programs have incorporated the use of Standardized Patient Scenarios into each semester of the curriculum. Students have found that working with standardized patients has been challenging and beneficial to their education. The ODU NP programs are the only programs in Virginia to incorporate this opportunity throughout the curriculum.

NP students work with SPs from The Theresa A. Davis Professional Skills Teaching and Assessment Center located at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va.. The center's mission is to teach and assess clinical competencies in medical interviewing, clinical reasoning, ethical dilemmas, communication skills, physical examination, and the application of clinical knowledge. Although the center is located in Norfolk, SPs and staff travel to various sites in Virginia to offer standardized scenarios to NPs throughout the state.

Program Contacts

To obtain information about the program please contact Dr. Micah Scott, FNP Graduate Program Director at 757-683-5255 or Sue Parker, Coordinator of Graduate Student Services 757-683-4298 or 1-800-572-2762 (sparker@odu.edu).