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Your career starts here! Explore your opportunities to engage with the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

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Virtual Events

Learn about the Vanderbilt School of Nursing and the many programs we offer from the convenience of your own home. Admissions staff and program faculty are available to answer questions about academic programs, the application process and much more.

VIRTUAL EVENTS

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In-Person Events

Join an admissions counselor for a 30-minute information session with key insights on admissions, financial aid and scholarships. Enjoy a walking tour of Vanderbilt’s park-like campus, where a student guide shares details on academics and social life.


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Conferences

Visit with School of Nursing admissions counselors at conferences across the U.S. Ask questions and learn more about Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s academic opportunities, student life, financial aid and scholarships, and Nashville.


CONFERENCES

 

What Can You Do with a Vanderbilt Nursing Degree?

VUSN offers master’s programs, advanced practice nursing specialties and doctoral programs to suit varied professional interests and personal learning styles. We offer an accelerated course of study, multiple entry options, programs for nurses and non-nurses and many opportunities to study without relocating. Find more info on Vanderbilt’s online, hybrid and on-campus options.

Answer the questions below to find the VUSN program(s) that could be perfect for you:

  • What is your primary scope of interest?
  • Master of Nursing (Nursing Generalist)
    • Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

  • Infants/Newborns
    • What type of environment would you like to work in?
    • Clinic
      • What is your primary area of interest:
      • Pregnancy/Childbirth
        • Per these choices, you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings, including: OB-GYN clinics, private OB-GYN practices, public health clinics, birthing centers, military bases, outpatient pediatric clinics, health departments, preschools and elementary schools, private pediatric practices and community agencies.

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Family Care
        • Per these choices, you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings, including: OB-GYN Clinics, private OB-GYN practices, public health clinics, birthing centers, military bases, outpatient pediatric clinics, health departments, preschools and elementary schools, private pediatric practices, community agencies, ambulatory care centers, medical offices, nurse-managed clinics, private practices, health departments, rural health clinics, work-site based clinics, migrant clinics, Indian Health Services, and correctional facilities.

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

    • Hospital
      • What is your primary area of interest:
      • Pregnancy/Childbirth
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Hospitals, OB-GYN Clinics, Private OB-GYN Practices, Public Health Clinics, Birthing Centers, Military Bases, and Neonatal intensive care nurseries (Level III)

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Neonatal Care
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Neonatal intensive care nurseries (Level III), Hospitals, OB-GYN Clinics, Private OB-GYN Practices, Public Health Clinics, Birthing Centers and Military Bases

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Emergency Room
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Critical Access Hospitals, Fast-track Emergency Departments, Main Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Clinics, Neonatal intensive care nurseries (Level III)

          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Critical Care
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Critical Access Hospitals, Fast-track Emergency Departments, Main Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Clinics, Neonatal intensive care nurseries (Level III)

          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

    • Emergency
      • What is your primary area of interest:
      • Pregnancy/Childbirth
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Critical Access Hospitals, Fast-track Emergency Departments, Main Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Clinics, Pediatric Emergency Departments, Pediatric Hospitalist Service, Pediatric Sedation Services, Pediatric Cardio-Vascular ICU, Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Inpatient management for various Sub-Specialty Clinics (i.e., Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Hematology-Oncology and Trauma)

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Neonatal Care
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Neonatal intensive care nurseries (Level III), Pediatric Emergency Departments, Pediatric Hospitalist Service, Pediatric Sedation Services, Pediatric Cardio-Vascular ICU, Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Inpatient management for various Sub-Specialty Clinics (i.e., Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Hematology-Oncology and Trauma)

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

  • Children
    • What type of environment would you like to work in?
    • Clinic
      • What is your primary area of interest:
      • Family Care
        • Per these choices, you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings, including: ambulatory care centers, correctional facilities, global health clinics, health departments, Indian Health Services, medical offices, migrant clinics, military sites, nurse-managed clinics, private practices, rural health clinics, work-site based clinics, outpatient pediatric clinics, health departments, preschools and elementary schools, private pediatric practices and community agencies

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Mental Health/Psychiatric Care
        • Per these choices, you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings, including: community mental health centers (urban and rural), correctional facilities, domestic violence shelters, home health agencies, in-patient psychiatric facilities, private psychiatric practices, psychopharmacology clinic, psychiatric consult services, residential substance abuse facilities, schools, state psychiatric facilities, urban nurse-managed clinic and Veterans Administration psychiatric facilities.

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

    • Hospital/Emergency
      • What is your primary area of interest:
      • Emergency Room
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Community Agencies Caring for Technology-Dependent Children, Pediatric Emergency Departments, Pediatric Hospitalist Service, Pediatric Sedation Services, Pediatric Cardio-Vascular ICU, Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Inpatient management for various Sub-Specialty Clinics (i.e., Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Hematology-Oncology and Trauma), Critical Access Hospitals, Fast-track Emergency Departments, Main Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Clinics

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Critical Care
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Community Agencies Caring for Technology-Dependent Children, Pediatric Emergency Departments, Pediatric Hospitalist Service, Pediatric Sedation Services, Pediatric Cardio-Vascular ICU, Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Inpatient management for various Sub-Specialty Clinics (i.e., Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Hematology-Oncology and Trauma), Critical Access Hospitals, Fast-track Emergency Departments, Main Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Clinics

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

  • Youth
    • What type of environment would you like to work in?
    • Clinic
      • What is your primary area of interest:
      • Family Care
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Ambulatory Care Centers, Disease Prevention, Medical Offices, Nurse-Managed Clinics, Private Practices, Health Departments, Rural Health Clinics, Work-site Based Clinics, Migrant Clinics, Indian Health Services, Correctional Facilities, Outpatient Pediatric Clinics, Health Departments, Preschools and Elementary Schools, Private Pediatric Practices, Community Agencies, Ambulatory OB-GYN Clinics, Family Planning Clinics, Indian Reservations, Prenatal Clinics, Private Practices, Uro-gynecology Practices, Women’s Health Clinics

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Reproductive/Sexual Health Care
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Disease Prevention, Ambulatory Care Centers, Medical Offices, Nurse-Managed Clinics, Private Practices, Health Departments, Rural Health Clinics, Migrant Clinics, Indian Health Services, Correctional Facilities, Military Sites, Work-site Based Clinics, Outpatient Pediatric Clinics, Health Departments, Private Pediatric Practices, Community Agencies, OB-GYN Clinics, Private OB-GYN Practices, Prenatal Clinics, Private Practices, Uro-gynecology Practices, Women’s Health Clinics

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Pregnancy/Childbirth
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Ambulatory Care Centers, Correctional Facilities, Global Health Clinics, Health Departments, Indian Health Services, Medical Offices, Migrant Clinics, Military Sites, Nurse-Managed Clinics, Private Practices, Rural Health Clinics, Work-site Based Clinics, OB-GYN Clinics, Private OB-GYN Practices, Public Health Clinics, Birthing Centers, Military Bases, Disease Prevention

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Mental Health/Psychiatric Care
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Community Mental Health Centers (urban and rural), Correctional Facilities, Domestic Violence Shelters, Home Health Agencies, In-patient Psychiatric Facilities, Private Psychiatric Practices, Psychopharmacology Clinic, Psychiatric Consult Services, Residential Substance Abuse Facilities, Schools, State Psychiatric Facilities, Urban Nurse-Managed Clinic, Veterans Administration Psychiatric Facilities

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

    • Hospital/Emergency
      • What is your primary area of interest:
      • Emergency Room
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Community Agencies Caring for Technology-Dependent Children, Pediatric Emergency Departments, Pediatric Hospitalist Service, Pediatric Sedation Services, Pediatric Cardio-Vascular ICU, Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Inpatient management for various Sub-Specialty Clinics (i.e., Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Hematology-Oncology and Trauma), Critical Access Hospitals, Fast-track Emergency Departments, Main Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Clinics, Disease Prevention

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Critical Care
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Community Agencies Caring for Technology-Dependent Children, Pediatric Emergency Departments, Pediatric Hospitalist Service, Pediatric Sedation Services, Pediatric Cardio-Vascular ICU, Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Inpatient management for various Sub-Specialty Clinics (i.e., Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Hematology-Oncology and Trauma), Critical Access Hospitals, Fast-track Emergency Departments, Main Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Clinics, Disease Prevention

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

  • Adults/Seniors
    • What type of environment would you like to work in?
    • Clinic
      • What is your primary area of interest:
      • Geriatric Treatment
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Internal Medicine Offices, Ambulatory Care Centers, Community Clinics, Prisons, Jails, Long-term Care Facilities, Specialty Clinics, University Student Health Centers, Rehabilitation Centers, Acute care settings, sub-acute care units (step-down), highly specialized clinics when out-patient management is appropriate, Home Health/Assisted Living/Nursing Homes

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Adults/Adolescents
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Internal Medicine Offices, Ambulatory Care Centers, Community Clinics, Prisons, Jails, Long-term Care Facilities, Specialty Clinics, University Student Health Centers, Rehabilitation Centers, Medical Offices, Nurse-Managed Clinics, Private Practices, Health Departments, Rural Health Clinics, Work-site Based Clinics, Migrant Clinics, Indian Health Services, Correctional Facilities, Adult/Internal Medicine, Family Planning Clinics, Home Health/Assisted Living/Nursing Homes, Indian Reservations, Planned Parenthood, Prenatal Clinics, Private Practices, Infertility Clinics/Practices, Uro-gynecology Practices, Women’s Health Clinics, Women’s Prisons

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Reproductive/Sexual Health Care
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Adult/Internal Medicine, Ambulatory OB-GYN Clinics, Family Planning Clinics, Home Health/Assisted Living/Nursing Homes, Indian Reservations, Planned Parenthood, Prenatal Clinics, Private Practices, Infertility Clinics/Practices, Uro-gynecology Practices, Women’s Health Clinics, Women’s Prisons, Ambulatory Care Centers, Medical Offices, Nurse-Managed Clinics, Private Practices, Health Departments, Rural Health Clinics, Work-site Based Clinics, Migrant Clinics, Indian Health Services, Correctional Facilities

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Pregnancy/Childbirth
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: OB-GYN Clinics, Private OB-GYN Practices, Public Health Clinics, Birthing Centers, Military Bases, Outpatient Pediatric Clinics, Health Departments, Preschools and Elementary Schools, Private Pediatric Practices, Community Agencies

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Mental Health/Psychiatric Care
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Community Mental Health Centers (urban and rural), Correctional Facilities, Domestic Violence Shelters, Home Health Agencies, In-patient Psychiatric Facilities, Private Psychiatric Practices, Psychopharmacology Clinic, Psychiatric Consult Services, Residential Substance Abuse Facilities, Schools, State Psychiatric Facilities, Urban Nurse-Managed Clinic, Veterans Administration Psychiatric Facilities

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

    • Hospital
      • What is your primary area of interest:
      • Geriatric Treatment
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Acute care and hospital settings such as intensive care (MICU, SICU), trauma units, sub-acute care units (step-down), emergency care and highly specialized clinics when out-patient management is appropriate, Ambulatory Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Cardiovascular/Heart Failure, Critical Care/Pulmonary, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Geriatric, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Ortho/Trauma, Critical Care Teams, Rapid Response Teams, Shock Teams, Burn Care Units, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Units, Medical Intensive Care Units, Neurological Intensive Care Units, Surgical Intensive Care Units, Main Emergency Departments

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

    • Emergency
      • What is your primary area of interest:
      • Emergency Room
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Critical Access Hospitals, Fast-track Emergency Departments, Main Emergency Departments, Acute care and hospital settings such as intensive care (MICU, SICU), trauma units, sub-acute care units (step-down), Emergency care

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

      • Critical Care
        • Per these choices you would serve your patients in a variety of practice settings including: Critical Access Hospitals, Fast-track Emergency Departments, Main Emergency Departments, Acute care and hospital settings such as intensive care (MICU, SICU), trauma units, sub-acute care units (step-down), Emergency care

          Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


          Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

  • Health Care Technology (Informatics)
    • Options for PreSpecialty (No Nursing Background) or Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):


      Option for Master of Nursing (No Nursing Background):

  • DNP
    • What type of environment would you like to work in?
    • Clinical Practice
      • What is your primary area of interest:
      • DNP + Post-Master’s Certificate
        • We recommend you check out this program:

      • BSN to DNP
        • We recommend you check out these programs:

      • Nursing Practice
        • We recommend you check out this program:

    • Systems Practice
      • What is your primary area of interest:
      • Nursing Practice
        • We recommend you check out these programs:

      • DNP + Post-Master’s Certificate
        • We recommend you check out this program:

    • Executive Leadership
      • Options for Direct Entry (BSN Prepared):