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 About the School

Karen A. Karlowicz, EdD, RN: Chair
Kay Palmer, MSN, CCRN, RN: Undergraduate Program Director
Janice Hawkins, MSN, RN: Chief Academic Advisor — Undergraduate Program

Old Dominion University, founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary, is located in Norfolk, Virginia, in the center of Hampton Roads, the hub of the world's largest natural harbor. Old Dominion College was granted independence from William and Mary in 1962 and became Old Dominion University in 1969. The University's main campus occupies 200 acres situated between the Elizabeth and Lafayette Rivers. The campus has gardens, tree-lined walkways, a reflecting pool and more than 30 academic buildings.

The School of Nursing is housed in the newly renovated Health Sciences Building (formerly Technology Building) located on Hampton Boulevard, between 46th and 47th streets. State of the art equipment, educational models, Fundamentals and Health Assessment Laboratories and mediated classrooms enhance the learning experiences of nursing majors. Clinical practice sites throughout the Hampton Roads area augment the practice component of undergraduate nursing education and include general, specialty, public, private, military and community health care facilities. The graduate program has clinical practice sites throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation.

The development of the School of Nursing began in 1962 when the Board of Visitors of Old Dominion College approved the establishment of a program of Nursing. In 1963, a department of nursing was established within the School of Arts and Sciences. By 1967, the first two nursing students graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and, in 1968, the program was granted accreditation approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing. By this time, the School of Arts and Sciences had separated into two schools: The Department of Nursing remained within the newly designated School of Sciences and Health Professions.

In 1970, Old Dominion College was renamed Old Dominion University, reflecting the expansion of available academic programs and degrees.

In 1975, the Department of Nursing sought and was granted accreditation for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Accreditation was expanded in 1982 to cover the new Master of Science with a concentration in nursing program as well as the baccalaureate program.

In 1986, the School of Sciences and Health Professions separated into two different colleges; the Department of Nursing became the School of Nursing within the College of Health Sciences. In the fall of 1991, the school of Nursing was awarded the maximum eight-year accreditation by the NLN. In1999, the School of Nursing was awarded the maximum eight-year accreditation by the NLN and ten-year accreditation by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In 2009, the School of Nursing was again awarded the maximum ten-year accreditation by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). As has been true from its inception, the School of Nursing does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race or religion.

The School of Nursing at Old Dominion University offers two professional degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

The baccalaureate degree (BSN) is offered to two distinct student populations; pre-licensure students and post-licensure (Registered Nurse) students. The nursing major in the pre-licensure curriculum is available in two formats: a traditional three-academic year schedule and an accelerated two-calendar year schedule. The flexible scheduling options allows the School of Nursing to meet the needs of students with varying educations backgrounds and lifestyles. The post-licensure curriculum is offered on campus, via TELETECHNET, and in online courses to registered nurses. The TELETECHNET format allows RN students to attend televised courses (one-way video, two-way audio) in a variety of sites (often local community colleges) across the Commonwealth and the United States. The Online option allows students to access courses in the major and upper division requirements via the internet. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for students in each of these educational formats leads to the achievement of the same educational objectives, although there is some variation in the sequencing and learning experiences designed to meet the adult learner needs.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree prepares graduates in advanced practice nursing and leadership. These tracks include Family Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator and Nurse Leader. There are also program s for certified nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists to obtain the MSN as well as post-MSN programs for advanced practice education . Courses leading to specific MSN role preparations are available in a variety of formats including TELETECHNET and Online.