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 #6 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, 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.

Explore the Vanderbilt School of Nursing opportunities

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – prepares advanced practice nurses in a variety of specialty areas
  • PhD in Nursing Science – prepares scholars for research and teaching careers in major universities
  • 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.
  • 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".