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Post-Licensure BSN

Thank you for your interest in Old Dominion University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. The post-licensure BSN curriculum is designed for registered nurses who hold an associate's degree in nursing or a hospital diploma, and is particularly convenient for the busy adult learner. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is offered on the main campus in Norfolk, Va., and through many distance learning options.

Both nationally and state accredited, the BSN program consists of 120 ' 126 semester credits:

  • 66 credits in the nursing major*
  • 54-60 credits in liberal arts and sciences.

    *Registered Nurses receive 33 of the 66 nursing credits as experiential learning credits. These are awarded from the RN licensure at no cost to the student.

The RN>BSN curriculum guide illustrates the 120-126 semester credits required for the BSN degree.  Typically, lower division requirements (100-200 level departmental requirements and general education courses) may be transferred from community colleges or other universities. Six upper division credits (cluster courses) are required in addition to the nursing courses to fulfill degree requirements.

RN to BSN students are admitted to begin the nursing curriculum in the Fall or Spring semester.  Students may complete the RN to BSN nursing major on a full-time or part-time basis. For planning purposes, the program may be completed in one calendar year for students who begin the program in the Fall. The Spring schedule does not include a full time study option. While a two-year, part-time completion of nursing courses is typical, students may proceed at a slower pace, if desired, to allow student to work towards a degree while meeting the demands of work and family responsibilities. Nursing 401 must be completed in the first semester of the RN-BSN curriculum.  Nursing 403 must be completed in the final semester of the RN-BSN curriculum.The application process includes the completion of an application to the School of Nursing and a separate application for admission to Old Dominion University as a degree-seeking student.  

Transfer / CLEP Credits

Students transferring to Old Dominion University from another regionally accredited college or university must send official transcripts to the university's Office of Admissions as a component of the application for university admission as a degree-seeking student. That office will complete an official evaluation of transfer credit upon formal admission to the university and will post the transfer credit on Leo-Online. To be considered for transfer, a course grade of C or better must have been earned. There is no limitation on the age of previously earned credits for transfer. Students are encouraged to complete all courses for transfer prior to enrolling at ODU. MONARCH TRANSFERMATION is a link that students / prospective students can access to help determine in advance how credits earned in other colleges/universities may transfer to ODU.

Selected CLEP credits are approved baccalaureate degree requirements at Old Dominion University. CLEP credits may be used to fulfill requirements for selected liberal arts and science courses. CLEP scores must be sent directly to the university (Admission's Office) for consideration.

Transfer of Nursing Credits

Students seeking to transfer NURSING credits from another NLNAC or CCNE accredited BSN program must submit photocopies of all nursing course syllabi for which they desire transfer credit approval. The School of Nursing Admission's Committee will review the transfer course content for comparability with ODU nursing courses and determine if advanced placement in the BSN curriculum is appropriate.


For more information about the RN to BSN program call Old Dominion's School of Nursing at 800-968-7276 or email Janice Hawkins.