Undergraduate Senior-Year-in-Absentia Programs with Partner Colleges and Universities
- Pre-Nursing Studies in the College of Arts and Science
- Pre-Nursing Studies at Peabody College
- Senior-in-Absentia Programs
- Vanderbilt Academic Partnerships
Freshman students interested in nursing at Vanderbilt apply for admission to either the College of Arts and Science or Peabody College and indicate that pre-nursing is their intended program of studies.
In addition to their faculty advisers in the College of Arts and Science or Peabody College, pre-nursing students will be assigned advisers in the School of Nursing to assist them in planning their program of studies.
Program details are found in the Undergraduate catalog, Special Programs for Undergraduates at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/catalogs/undergrad/UGAD.pdf#special_programs
Qualified students may be admitted to the Master of Science in Nursing program after earning a baccalaureate degree at Vanderbilt or after completing the pre-nursing program of studies in either the College of Arts and Science or Peabody College. Students are encouraged to write or call the Office of Admissions, 207 Godchaux Hall, 615-322-3800 for further details of the program or email
Pre-Nursing Studies in the College of Arts and Science
Students 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 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.
Pre-Nursing Studies at Peabody College
Pre-nursing students at Peabody College may either (a) 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 or (b) complete degree requirements at Peabody and enter the School of Nursing after graduation from Peabody College.
Students choosing either option 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.
Students interested in the senior-in-absentia program should refer to the pre-nursing studies section of the School of Nursing catalog: www.vanderbilt.edu/catalogs/nursing/nursing.pdf#pn
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.
The School of Nursing has formalized arrangements with several liberal arts colleges to allow students to combine a baccalaureate degree in liberal arts and a master of science in nursing degree. Students who complete this five-year program of study will have had the experience of dividing their academic career between a liberal arts college and the health sciences center of a major university. This unique combination of study on two differently oriented campuses provides the student with an excellent nursing education, strongly complemented by study in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
While specific details vary in each senior-in-absentia program, these programs generally require students to spend three years at their liberal arts college, completing general curriculum requirements for the baccalaureate degree and satisfying the prerequisite courses for admission to the School of Nursing.
Students apply for admission to the School of Nursing in the fall semester of their junior year. If accepted, the student enrolls at Vanderbilt in the fall semester of the senior year. After successfully completing the fall and spring semesters of generalist nursing courses at Vanderbilt, the student is awarded a baccalaureate degree from his or her undergraduate school. The student then continues for an additional four semesters (summer, fall, spring, and summer) to earn a master of science in nursing from Vanderbilt University.
Currently, senior-in-absentia programs have been formalized with schools in the following states:
- Birmingham- Southern College in Birmingham, AL
- Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA
- Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL
- Converse College in Spartanburg, SC.
- Bryan College in Dayton, TN
- Fisk University in Nashville, TN
- Maryville College in Maryville, TN
- Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN
- Sewanee The University of the South in Sewanee, TN
- Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science in Nashville, TN
- Vanderbilt University Peabody College in Nashville, TN
- Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA
- Randolph College in in Lynchburg, VA
Students should work closely with the pre-nursing advisor at their "home" school to plan their program of students.
- Students may also call: 615-322-3800 or send an email to: VUSN-Admissions@vanderbilt.edu, for further details.
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.