Welcome to the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Dear Prospective Student,

Welcome to the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing site. We are pleased that you are considering nursing education – one of the most trusted professions in America. We have developed our web site to provide you with valuable information as you start your educational journey.

Nursing requires a rare combination of human, technical and critical thinking skills at a time when patients and their families can be their most vulnerable.  As health care evolves, advanced practice nurses are becoming more in-demand and integral members of interprofessional health care teams.  The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing offers everything you need to become a successful advanced practice nurse or doctorally prepared nurse. Our Master of Science in Nursing program offers innovative educational approaches, multiple entry options attractive to nurses and non-nurses alike as well as many specialties – some with flexible scheduling and distance learning opportunities. Our PhD and DNP programs are graduating world-class research-focused and practice-focused nurse scholars who are making a difference in our discipline and for patients everywhere.

We have unparalleled opportunities to learn from leading practitioners and researchers from the world of nursing.  We have one of the most extensive nurse faculty practice networks anywhere and are deeply committed to developing and expanding the theory and research that will serve as the foundation for much of your coursework. Our program also offers the latest informatics technology woven throughout to aid you as a student and in your career.

Employers tell us that there’s something special about Vanderbilt-educated advanced practice nurses and researchers, and we agree. You will enter as an eager student and graduate as a practice-ready professional or nurse scholar who will make a difference in many lives and will help shape the future of health care.

All great journeys start with that first step. We’re glad you are here and are standing by to help you.


Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN
Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing
Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing