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Pre-Licensure BSN

Thank you for your interest in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Old Dominion University. 

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. 

Minimum GPA for admission to prelicensure program is 3.00. Admission is currently based upon GPA in all college courses. Please note that for the past several years, students admitted to the program have had at least a 3.6 GPA.

The School of Nursing will introduce a revised and updated pre-licensure undergraduate curriculum beginning in fall 2015. The new curriculum admits a cohort of students each fall semester under one schedule, incorporates current recommendations for undergraduate nursing education, and is designed to get graduates into the workforce and enrolled in graduate nursing programs more quickly. There is no change in the number of credit hours for the major (66), and there is no change in the number of credits required to graduate with a BSN (120). However, students admitted beginning in fall 2015 will be:

  • Required to have all non-nursing education courses fully completed before admission to the nursing major; there are no exceptions to this requirement.
  • Completing all courses in the nursing major in five (5) consecutive semesters (vs. the current schedule that takes six (6) semesters to complete).

For additional information on the new curriculum or admission requirements, please contact: 


Once admitted, students must continue in the assigned plan of study.  If students do not complete requirements as scheduled, students will be permitted to continue in the program and assigned to a new schedule only as space is available.

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.

Because of the dynamic nature of the nursing profession, currency of both nursing content and clinical skills is essential.  If greater than one academic year has elapsed since an applicant has been successfully enrolled in BSN level nursing courses, no transfer of nursing courses into the pre licensure ODU BSN curriculum will be approved. 

For more information call Old Dominion's School of Nursing at 800-968-7276 or contact Janice Hawkins