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The need for qualified, competent and compassionate nurses is growing by the day. To help address this important need, we’re proud to partner with two distinguished Colleges of Nursing – Mount Carmel's College of Nursing and Xavier University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program – to provide you with multiple options as you prepare to pursue a career in this rewarding field.

Whether you know as soon as you graduate from high school that you want to pursue nursing – or you decide halfway through your undergraduate studies at ODU – we have an option that fits your goals.

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Mount Carmel Pre-Nursing Pathway

The Mount Carmel's College of Nursing (MCCN) and ODU Pre-Nursing Program is a popular option with students who know, soon after graduating from high school, that they want to pursue a career in nursing and also gain a traditional ODU education prior to enrolling at MCCN.

  • Two-Year Advanced Placement Option – Allows you to spend two years in ODU’s Pre-Nursing Program pursuing an Associate of Science in Health Science, then transfer to MCCN for two years to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  • Multiyear Double-Degree Accelerated Option – Allows your to spend three and a half to four years at ODU earning a bachelor’s degree, then an additional three semesters at MCCN completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This option is especially popular with student-athletes.

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Xavier University Nursing Pathway

Xavier University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Program is a great option for ODU students, regardless of major, who decide during their time at ODU that they would like to pursue a career in nursing upon the completion of their bachelor's degree.

  • Accelerated Completion – Once you complete your degree at ODU, you can earn your BSN in just 16 months at Xavier University’s (XU) College of Nursing.
  • Convenient Locations – You can choose to complete nursing school at XU’s locations in Columbus, Cleveland or Cincinnati.
  • Guaranteed Seats – 45 seats are available to ODU students each year (five seats at each location per its three start terms).

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High-Demand Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country are currently experiencing a significant nursing shortage.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Registered Nursing (RN) is listed among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2029.
  • The registered nurse workforce is expected to grow from 3 million in 2019 to 3.3 million in 2029, which is an increase of 221,900 or 7%.
  • The BLS projects 175,900 openings for RNs each year through 2029 when nurse retirements and workforce exits are factored into the number of nurses needed in the United States.