Entry with BSN Degree

Do you have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) and want to pursue advanced practice nursing? The Vanderbilt MSN program offers numerous areas of specialty. Most specialties can be completed in one calendar year, and many offer flexible course delivery formats so you can learn from where you live. You can also choose to progress seamlessly to the DNP program after completing the MSN degree.

For more than a hundred years, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has been providing innovative educational opportunities for its students. The School’s proudest tradition is educating nurses who are impassioned professionals capable of meeting – and exceeding – the demands of a constantly evolving profession. 

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. It is recommended that applicants have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • An undergraduate course in statistics, which includes inferential statistics, with a grade C or better
  • Completed application including a statement of career goals
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Completed interview survey. Some specialties may also require a telephone interview
  • Three letters of academic or professional reference
  • RN license or licensure in compact state. Unencumbered RN license in the state(s) in which you will be completing your clinical training

See admission details on the MSN Admissions page. If you have questions, please e-mail the admissions office at VUSN-Admissions@vanderbilt.edu.

Master of Science in Nursing Program

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the first professional degree in nursing at Vanderbilt, prepares nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, health systems managers, and nurse informaticists.

Program Goals/Outcomes

The goals of the M.S.N. program are to prepare students

  • For advanced practice roles including nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, nurse informaticist, and nurse leaders who have expertise, advanced knowledge in a specialty area, and can function in complex situations independently and/or collaboratively with health care teams.
  • To evaluate and apply advanced knowledge by means of critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and the use of electronic data in relation to advanced nursing practice.
  • To engage in quality improvement initiatives and the delivery of safe, culturally responsive, high quality nursing care of individuals and populations using leadership skills.
  • To evaluate and/or advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing incorporating ethical principles.

The Master of Science In Nursing (MSN) degree is awarded on a minimum of 40 credits which can be completed in one calendar year (fall, spring, summer semesters) of full time study. (Note: Nurse-midwifery and dual specialties may take 4-5 semesters.).

Distance Learning

Distance access students may participate in course activities online by watching class presentations, participating in online discussion boards, submitting online clinical logs and completing tests online. Students may view class presentations via video delivered by a computer. This viewing can take place as the session is being taught (called synchronous delivery) or via audio or video files that are captured for later use (called asynchronous delivery). These files are typically large and require faster Internet connections for smooth delivery. 

All programs require a personal computer. All students need an Internet connection of at least 1000Kb/sec download and 1000Kb/sec upload times. Satellite (HughesNet) or 3G cell systems (Verizon Wireless, Sprint/ Nextel, ATT, Cricket etc.) connectivity is not supported. See details