Pre-Nursing Studies at Vanderbilt
- Senior-in-Absentia Programs (only offered to students enrolled at Vanderbilt in Fall 2017)
- Vanderbilt Academic Partnerships
Senior Year in Absentia in the College of Arts and Science
Students enrolled at Vanderbilt in fall 2017 may obtain both the baccalaureate degree and the MSN degree by combining three and one-half years (105 credit hours) of study in the College of Arts and Science with six semesters of study in the School of Nursing. Students enrolling after fall 2017 are not eligible for the senior year in absentia program but are strongly encouraged to apply for MSN admission by November 1st of their senior year at Vanderbilt.
Students eligible for the senior year in absentia program will receive the baccalaureate from the College at the end of the eighth semester under the senior-in-absentia program and the MSN from the School of Nursing after completing an additional five consecutive semesters of study. This program of study requires that students complete the general curriculum requirements for the baccalaureate degree and satisfy the prerequisite courses for admission to the School of Nursing.
The first three semesters in nursing are accelerated generalist nursing courses and serve as a “bridge” into the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program by preparing students for the NCLEX exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN). These courses also provide the foundation equivalent to the bachelor’s degree in nursing for course work in the selected nursing specialty.
Upon completion of three semesters of pre- specialty courses, students enter a minimum of an additional three-semester sequence of courses in their declared specialty in order to earn the MSN degree.
Students must apply to the School of Nursing for admission to the senior-in-absentia program by November 1 of their junior year. Students are subject to all nursing school admission requirements, and no student is assured of admission to the School of Nursing. Up to 16 hours of School of Nursing courses approved by the College may be counted toward completion of the undergraduate degree. Upon acceptance to the School of Nursing, students will be assigned an adviser and should schedule an advising appointment.
Students interested in this program should consult Jana Lauderdale, pre-nursing adviser, at 615-343-2228 or Paddy Peerman, assistant dean for enrollment management, at 615-322-3802 for advice on planning undergraduate studies to meet the program’s requirements. Participation in the student organization, Pre-Nursing Society, is strongly recommended..
Senior Year in Absentia at Peabody College
Students eligible for senior year in absentia at Peabody College complete a major in human and organizational development or child development and earn both a BS and an MSN through a senior-in-absentia program. Students enrolling after Fall 2017 are not eligible for the senior year in absentia program but are strongly encouraged to apply for MSN admission by November 1st of their senior year at Vanderbilt.
Students must satisfy admission requirements for the MSN program. Upon admission to the School of Nursing, the student is required to complete six semesters (two calendar years) of full-time study to earn the MSN.
Under this option, students complete their first three years of study at Peabody, apply for admission to the School of Nursing by December 1 of their junior year, and, upon admission, take generalist nursing courses their senior year. Upon successful completion of the fall and spring semester nursing course work, students are awarded the BS in human and organizational development or child development. They then continue for a minimum of four additional semesters (summer, fall, spring, and summer) to earn the master of science in nursing.
The BS degree is conferred by Peabody College at the end of the spring semester. The MSN is conferred by the School of Nursing at the end of the fifth year.
Vanderbilt Academic Partnerships
The School of Nursing also has an affiliation with, Centre College in Danville, KY, Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, Rhodes College in Memphis and the University of the South in Sewanee, TN for six-year liberal arts nursing programs. These partnerships allow students at Centre, Millsaps, Rhodes or the University of the South to take key prerequisite courses needed to apply for admission to the MSN program at Vanderbilt.
- Please call: 615- 322-3800 or send an email to: VUSN-Admissions@vanderbilt.edu, for further details.