Academic Programs / Specialties

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

We are the #4 grad school of nursing MSN. Vanderbilt is preparing advanced practice nurses to play a vital role in providing access to health care for people everywhere. We offer an accelerated course of study, multiple entry options, programs for nurses and non-nurses and many opportunities to study without relocating. Choose the advanced practice specialty that suits your interests. Learn More about our MSN Program

Master of Nursing (MN)

NEW! This four-semester, in-person program prepares registered nurses for practice in settings from offices to clinic to hospitals. The program is designed for those with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline who want to become master’s prepared RNs. Learn more about our Master of Nursing program 

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Built upon Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s internationally recognized advanced practice nursing programs, the DNP program provides an alternative to a research-focused doctorate with education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems thinking. Our program offers entry with either a BSN or MSN degree. Learn More about our DNP Program

PhD in Nursing Science

Vanderbilt’s program prepares nurse scientists who engage in multidisciplinary research that aims to transform the discipline of nursing through scientific discovery. Each student’s academic experience aligns closely with faculty scholarly expertise and area of research focus. Signature research areas are acute and chronic illness, data science and health technologies, palliative care science and pregnancy outcomes and mother, infant, child and family health. Learn More about our PhD in Nursing Science Program

Post-Master's Certificates

These are available in various specialty areas for the nurse practitioner ( adult-gerontology acute or primary care, family, emergency, neonatal, pediatric acute or primary care , family psychiatric-mental health, and women’s health) and in nursing informatics, and nurse-midwifery. Learn More about our Post-Master's Certificates for MSNs

Postdoctoral Program

Our two-year program lets fellows extend knowledge in their research areas, conduct successful interdisciplinary research projects, enhance writing and communication skills and establish new peer networks. Learn More about our Postdoctoral Programs

Programs of Study

Vanderbilt School of Nursing offers advanced practice nursing specialties to suit varied professional interests and personal learning styles.

Many of our MSN programs offer dual certifications or specialization in certain focus areas. Our faculty are first-rate in each of these areas; they get to know their students one-on-one and provide support whenever it’s needed. Visit the Specialties sites listed below to learn more, meet specialty directors and review sample curriculum plans.

Or, talk with an Admissions counselor to determine those that might be right for your background and career goals. Please visit our Multiple Entry Options to determine the educational background path you will have upon applying.

Advanced Nursing Practice Specialties:

Degree Programs:

*Offered in modified learning (block) format for students who live at a distance.

+ RN experience required. Not available for PreSpecialty entry. Contact admissions office for details.