Why Choose Vanderbilt?

High-quality programs for every interest. Stellar faculty who also practice in their fields. Clinical experiences second to none. Active engagement with world-renowned experts and health care resources. Research and scholarly activity that lead the nursing discipline forward with evidence-based education and patient care. Above all, Vanderbilt excellence, education and impact.

It's no wonder Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is ranked as the #8 MSN and #7 DNP Best Graduate School of Nursing, according to U.S. News & World Report.


Whether you are seeking an MSN degree as a nurse or with no nursing background, our new Master of Nursing degree to become a registered nurse, or you are planning a program of further study with a post-master’s, PhD, DNP or postdoctoral program, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing assures a high-quality, evidence-based education that is taking our discipline to the next level of patient care.

Please visit our academic programs for specific information regarding your admission to Vanderbilt, including entry options, admission requirements, application procedures, course descriptions and a host of other details. Our Admissions Office will be glad to assist as you work through the process to see if Vanderbilt School of Nursing is right for you and your career. If you’re interested in a PhD in Nursing Science, our PhD program manager is available to help.

Explore the Vanderbilt School of Nursing opportunities

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – prepares advanced practice nurses in a variety of specialty areas
  • NEW!  Master of Nursing (MN)prepares registered nurses for practice in settings from offices to clinic to hospitals. Designed for those with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program – integrates course work with practice immersion experiences to prepare practice scholars to become leaders in bringing evidence-based knowledge into clinical practice, improving health care outcomes and strengthening nursing management and education.
  • PhD in Nursing Science – prepares nurse scientists who engage in multidisciplinary research that aims to transform the discipline of nursing through scientific discovery. Students' academic experience aligns closely with faculty scholarly expertise and area of research focus. 
  • Post-Master’s Certificates – available in various specialty areas for the nurse practitioner (Acute Care, Adult, Emergency, Family, Gerontological, Neonatal, Pediatric, Psychiatric-Mental Health (Lifespan) and Women’s Health) and in Informatics, Nursing and Health Care Leadership, and Nurse-Midwifery.
  • Postdoctoral Program – a two-year program through which fellows extend knowledge in their research areas, conduct successful interdisciplinary research projects, enhance writing and communication skills and establish new peer networks.
  • Special (non-degree) Students - Applicants who are not seeking a degree but who wish to enroll for graduate credit are permitted to enroll as "special students".