Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The Vanderbilt Opportunity

Fueled by the rapid expansion of knowledge underpinning practice, the complexity of patient care and national concerns about the quality of care and patient safety as well as shortages of nursing personnel and faculty, the nursing discipline has realized that a higher level of preparation is needed for leaders who can design and provide care for diverse populations. Vanderbilt has a long history of educating advanced practice nurses at the Master’s level, including Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives, Nursing Informatics Specialists and Healthcare Leaders. Our DNP program is meticulously built upon this expertise and recommendations of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

The Vanderbilt Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides an online curriculum with intensive, on-campus experiences in August, January, and May for individuals in advanced nursing practice who wish to pursue additional practice-focused doctoral education in a one-of-a-kind scholarly environment:

  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing DNP Program is ranked #11, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Our faculty practice network offers different models of care across our community and beyond, and we have collaborative nursing programs with entities across the globe.
  • The Vanderbilt campus and Nashville – a major health care hub – offers active engagement with world-renowned experts and health care resources.
  • The Vanderbilt credential is recognized in the health care sector around the world.