School of Nursing

The School of Nursing is one of the schools at Old Dominion University (ODU). The school, which offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and licensure programs, is located in the ODU Virginia Beach Center.


ODU first offered a program in nursing in 1962, and the following year, a department of nursing was established in the School of Arts and Sciences. In 1967, the first bachelor’s degrees in nursing we given out during Commencement exercises. The following year, the department moved into the newly organized School of Sciences and Health Professions. A master of science in nursing was offered by 1981, and in 1986, the department became the School of Nursing within the newly established College of Health Sciences. A Doctor of Nurse Practice Degree was established in 2008, and in 2023, the School of Nursing became an independent school at ODU with it’s own dean. As of July 1, 2024, with the merger of ODU and Eastern State Medical School (EVMS), the school reports to the newly created Executive Vice President for Health Sciences.


2023-present: Suzanne Wright, Interim Dean


  1. School of Nursing Timeline, About the School of Nursing, Old Dominion University, Accessed 2023 October 26.