Current MSN/Post Master's Certificate/DNP Student Requirements

Disclosure of offenses post-background check completion

Current full & part-time VUSN students are required to immediately report to their Faculty Advisor and the Senior Associate Dean for Academics any arrest, criminal charge or conviction occurring after his or her background check has been completed.

Required disclosure also includes but is not limited to: allegations, investigations and/or disciplinary action from any licensing board or agency included under the Nationwide Healthcare Fraud and Abuse scan; Office of Inspector General (OIG), General Services Administration (GSA), FDA Debarment Check, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Office of Research Integrity (ORI), and Medicare and Medicaid Sanctions

Maintaining Health Insurance, Immunization & Certification Requirements

All continuing full & part-time students must maintain current documentation within the online program myCB (formerly Certified Profile) throughout enrollment regardless of clinical status. All requirements must show as ‘Complete’ in the Castle Branch ‘myCB’ To-Do-List to participate in class and/or clinical. Registration holds are placed each semester on students who do not keep their requirements current. Students are required to update the following date dependent documentation in the online program myCB when due:

  1. Current health insurance coverage either through the university insurance plan or by another policy. For more information on the student health insurance visit: Health Insurance is required of all students by Vanderbilt University. Clinical sites require the student have health insurance to cover any illness or injury that he or she may incur during their clinical training experience.
  2. Negative results of annual tuberculin skin test.  If positive, medical evaluation and documentation of a clear chest x-ray within 1 year of admission to VUSN and annual completion of the Annual Past-Positive TB Screening form [PDF] confirming the absence of symptoms by a MD, NP or PA.
  3. A Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required by all entry levels and specialtiesAHA is the only BLS card accepted. Find a Course. Local Providers.  Additional Specialty Requirements:   Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) requires the AHA ACLS card.  Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) requires AHA PALS and ACLS cards.  Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) requires a Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) card s .  Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Acute Care (PNPAC) requires an AHA PALS card.  Other specialties may require additional certifications at specific stages of enrollment.

  4. HIPAA & OSHA Safety Training: Annual online training required by academic year (AY) , through The Learning Exchange (VUnetID required) – print/save completion certificate. Instructions are sent to your Vanderbilt email account the first week of April. 
  5. Copy of an unencumbered Registered Nurse’s license in the state(s) where the student will be doing clinical training (if applicable). In addition, DNP students must have Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) designation in their home state or equivalent and national board certification in their area of specialty as appropriate. 
  6. Influenza: Annual flu vaccination is required or an approved exemption through Vanderbilt’s Executive Influenza Exemption Committee. Exemptions are allowed for sincerely held religious and personal beliefs, and for medical contraindications such as a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or history of Guillain-Barre syndrome following a previous influenza vaccine. Documentation from medical provider will be required. (Note: minor side effects, such as low grade fever, cold symptoms, or muscle aches are not a medical contraindication to vaccination.) Exemptions must be applied for prior to each flu season. Beliefs may change over time, medical conditions change, and new types of vaccine become available. For information on how to apply for an exemption contact: or call 615-343-3294.

The student should be aware that some clinical sites may require additional immunizations and/or blood titers, drug screening, or additional criminal background checks. Students can complete additional  immunizations and titers at Student Health Call Student Health, at 615-322-2427 to schedule an appointment. The student should bring a copy of their Health Questionnaire  form and any required documentation to the appointment. Students will be responsible for all charges incurred in order to meet clinical site requirements.

Due to certain restrictions, VUSN is not able to accommodate clinical placements in all locations. Please check with the placement office.