Academic Calendar: MSN and DNP Programs

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Fall Semester 2019

Date Event
August 14, 15  (Wed -Thurs) MSN Pre-Specialty Level New Student Orientation
August 14, 15 (Wed - Thurs) ASN-MSN Level New student orientation
August 16 (Fri) ASN-MSN Level – 1st day of class
August 16 (Fri) MSN Pre-Specialty Level classes begin
August 19, 20 (Mon - Tues) MSN Specialty Level orientation (BSN and MSN entry)
August 19 – 23 (Mon – Friday) PhD student orientation and intensive
August 20 (Tues) Orientation for MSN students progressing to the
  MSN Specialty Level (afternoon only)
August 21 (Wed) MSN Specialty Level classes begin
Important: Please check your specialty class schedule for specific information on start dates for required classes 
August 26 – August 29 (Mon - Thurs) DNP student orientation and intensive
August 30 (Fri) End of Student Change Period
September 2 (Mon) Labor Day – no VUSN Classes
October 4 (Fri) Last day to withdraw with a "W"
October 5 (Sat) MSN and DNP Fall Open House
October 17 – 19 (Thurs-Sat) Vanderbilt Homecoming/Reunion
November 23 – December 1 (Sat – Sun) Thanksgiving Break
December 6 (Friday) Last day of classes for all students
December 6 (Friday) December Pinning Ceremony
December 9, 10, 11 (Mon – Wed) Final Exams

Spring Semester 2020

Date Event
January 6 (Mon) First day of Spring semester for Pre-specialty and Specialty courses
 Important: Please check your specialty class schedule for specific information on start dates for required classes
January 13 – 16 (Mon – Thurs) PhD and DNP intensive
January 17 (Fri) End of Student Change period
January 20 (Mon) MLK Holiday for all students – No VUSN Classes
February 19 (Wed) Last Day to withdraw with a "W"
February 29 – Mach 8 (Sat – Sun) Spring Break
February 29 (Sat) MSN and DNP Spring Open House
April 17 (Fri) Classes end
April 20, 21, 22 (Mon – Wed) Final Exams
  Important:   MSN Pre-Specialty Clinical continues during the week of final exams

Summer Semester 2020

Date Event
May 4 (Mon) First Day of Summer Semester for Pre-Specialty and Specialty level students
Important: Please check your specialty class schedule for specific information on start dates for required classes 
May 7 (Thurs) Reception for Graduates
  May Pinning Ceremony
May 8 (Fri) Commencement
May 11`- 14 (Mon – Thurs) PhD and DNP intensive
May 14 (Thurs) End of Student Change period
May 25 (Mon) Memorial Day holiday – No VUSN classes
June 5 (Fri) Last day to withdraw with a "W"
July 4 (Sat) July 4 holiday – No VUSN classes
August 2 (Sun) Pinning Ceremony for Summer, 2020 Graduates