Nursing and Health Care Leadership

Frequently Asked Questions


Is the Nursing and Health Care degree any different from those earned on campus at Vanderbilt University?

No. You will receive the same quality MSN degree and diploma. The modified distance accessibility format of the Nursing and Health Care Leadership degree is not reflected in the diploma..


How is this program accredited?

Vanderbilt's MSN degree programs are accredited by National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Vanderbilt University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


How many students are accepted into this specialty each year?

We encourage you to apply to the specialty that meets your career interest rather than focus on the number of spaces available. We strongly recommended that you complete your application by the October 15th early action date to have a greater probability of being admitted. The number of students offered admission can vary each year based on many factors. Typically, we admit from 5 to 15 students into this specialty each year.


What is the structure of the Nursing and Health Care Leadership specialty?

Many students need to continue their full-time employment so that a part time program of study works best for them.

  • Part-time students enroll in two courses each semester and three courses when taking the one elective course. Courses are taken concurrently in each semester. Courses are 14 weeks in length. The specialty consists of 37 total credit hours (38 with 3 hour elective) and can be completed in approximately two years (six semesters).


How much does the specialty cost?

Enrolling in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing's Nursing and Health Care Leadership specialty program is an investment in your professional development and growth, from novice to expert, in the profession of nursing. Please view our Tuition and Fee Schedule for current pricing information at We also invite you to speak with an Enrollment Counselor regarding the many opportunities and resources available to active VUSN students.


When do I start the specialty?

Part-time students may enter the specialty program in the fall semester.


How much study time is required in this specialty?

This specialty is designed for working health care professionals who must balance the demands of work, family and home life. Most of the students require15 to 20 hours of study per week. Your faculty will help you keep on track. You will also find that the other students in your courses and small groups, as applicable, will be a tremendous source of support.


Whom do I talk to if I have more questions or if I want to apply?

Contact MSN admissions


What are the technology requirements in the Nursing and Health Care Leadership specialty program?

For more information about computer recommendations click here. For specialty technology requirements click here.


Do I need RN work experience?

Yes. You will need one year of full-time, recent (within the last two years) RN practice experience.