Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

DNP Admissions

Entry into our DNP Program can be achieved through various paths. Click to view complete DNP admission requirements.

Entry requires:

  • MSN and APRN certification as either an NP, CNM, CNS or CRNA


  • MSN in healthcare leadership or nursing informatics


  • BSN and a master’s in a non-nursing,  health-related field (MBA, MPH, MHA, MMHC, etc.): DNP Executive Leadership Track only. Additional courses may be required.

Note:   Applicants with a master’s degree in nursing education or similar non APRN area must apply to the post-master’s certificate plus DNP program. Vanderbilt also offers post-master’s entry for advanced practice nurses who hold a MSN and wish to add an additional specialty certification as part of their DNP program of studies.

Applicants with a BSN degree can:

  • Make a seamless transition from our advanced practice nursing MSN program into the DNP program
  • BSN applicants complete the online MSN application (available after September 15) and indicate their intention to progress directly in to the DNP program after completing MSN degree requirements
  • Refer to the MSN program information for the details regarding your advanced practice interest area

Vanderbilt University is a participating institution in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). North Carolina is a member of SARA, and Vanderbilt is approved to offer programs and courses, such as the MSN, PMC, DNP and PhD programs, that are in compliance with SARA policies and standards.

For International Students Only entry requirements.