Welcome to Open House

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Thanks for stopping by our Open House web page to connect with everything you need to know for attending this event. Follow the links from this page to more detailed  information, and then register online by 4:00 pm on October 4th for the Open House. We look forward to seeing you on October 5, 2019.


Open House Agenda

The agenda given below is tentative. A more detailed agenda will be provided at registration. Check in at the Colleen Conway-Welch Atrium in the School of Nursing, located at 461 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37240. Complimentary parking is provided at the Wesley Place garage across the street from the School of Nursing. Additional parking information is provided below

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Post-Master's Certificate Programs

You should attend this session if you are interested in the Master of Science Nursing degree or Post-master's certificate program.

MSN and Post-Master's Certificate Programs Schedule

Time Event
8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast: Godchaux Hall
Nursing Organization Information Tables: Colleen Conway-Welch Atrium
9:00 – 9:25 Welcome: Dean Linda Norman, DNP, RN, FAAN
9:25 – 10:20 Career Opportunities in Advanced Practice Nursing
10:20 – 10:40 BREAK
10:40 – 11:40 Financial Aid and Student Panel Sessions
11:40 – 12:50 Application and Admissions Process. All prospective MSN and post-master's certificate students will attend this working lunch session based on their entry type. Lunch is provided.
1:00 – 3:15

Meet in Small Groups with MSN Specialty Directors
You may select up to three MSN specialty sessions to attend. Afternoon sessions recommended for DNP applicants who wish to earn a post-master's certificate. 
» Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (includes BSN to DNP program)
» Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
» Emergency Nurse Practitioner (for RNs or certified FNPs only)
» Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner (for RNs only)
» Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
» Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (for RNs only)
» Nurse Midwifery
» Nurse-Midwifery/FNP Dual Focus
» Nursing and Health Care Leadership (for RNs only)
» Nursing Informatics (for RNs only)
» Pediatric NP (acute care) (for experienced RNs only)
» Pediatric NP (primary care)
» Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (lifespan)
» Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
» WHNP/AG-PCNP Dual Focus

2:30 – 3:15

» Doctor of Nursing Practice info session
» Global Health opportunities

2:00, 2:45 or 3:30 Tour of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (wear comfortable shoes)
1:45, 2:30, or 3:20 Tour of Simulation Lab

Doctor of Nursing Practice

You should attend this session if you (1) have a master’s of science in nursing (2) are enrolled in a master’s degree in nursing program (or in a related field) or (3) are the guest of a prospective DNP student.

DNP schedule

Time Event
8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast, Godchaux Hall
9:10– 9:25 Overview of doctoral education in nursing: DNP and PhD.
9:25 – 9:45

Welcome: Dean Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN

9:45 –10:25 Financing your DNP Education, Kristie L. Smith, M.Ed., Director, Student Financial Services
10:25 – 10:45 BREAK
10:45 – 11:50

DNP In-Depth: Understanding the Practice Doctorate. Dr. Terri Allison & DNP Student Panel

11:40 – 11:50  Pick up box lunch. You have the option to either adjourn at 11:40 or if you plan to pursue another advanced certification as part of DNP program ,proceed to specialty session starting at 1:00 .
1:00 –1:45 Optional Advanced Practice Specialty Sessions for applicants interested in a post-master's certificate (see MSN schedule)
2:00 Optional tour of Vanderbilt Medical Center departs from Student Lounge. Wear comfortable shoes

Travel Information Directions and Accommodations

General Travel Information: Nashville is in the Central time Zone, so if necessary be sure to adjust your watch and your travel plans to accommodate a time change.

By Air: The Nashville International Airport is located approximately eight miles southeast of downtown Nashville and is off Interstate 40. The Airport Welcome Center can assist you with transportation information and details about Nashville. Call 615-275-1674.

Ground Transportation: Nashville airport offers a variety of transportation options. Please view the following website for detailed information: http://www.flynashville.com/ground-transportation/Pages/default.aspx

By Car to Vanderbilt University:

  • Traveling South – take I-65 South to I-40 East to exit 209B. Turn right on Broadway. Broadway merges into 21st Avenue. School of Nursing is at 461 21st Avenue South.
  • Traveling West or North – take I-40 West to exit 209A. Turn left on Broadway. Broadway merges into 21st Avenue. School of Nursing is at 461 21st Avenue South.
  • Traveling East – take I-40 East to exit 209B. Turn right on Broadway. Broadway merges into 21st Avenue. School of Nursing is at 461 21st Avenue South.

Get driving directions to Parking Garage.

Parking: Wesley Place Parking Garage at 2043 Scarritt Place, Nashville, TN 37203. When approaching the School of Nursing on 21st Avenue, turn left on Scarritt Place. Parking deck is on the right. Enter though the second entrance. There is no charge to park on floors 4 and 5 for this event only. Please note that cars parked in any unauthorized area on campus may be towed or ticketed.

Campus Location: Follow School of Nursing Open House signage

Accommodations in close proximity to the School of Nursing:

  • Embassy Suites at Vanderbilt, 1811 Broadway. 615-320-8899 (complimentary shuttle to campus)
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton, 1800 Division St. 615-254-2170 (complimentary shuttle to campus)
  • Hampton Inn Vanderbilt West End, 1919 West End Avenue. 615-329-1144 (complimentary shuttle to campus
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Vanderbilt 2330 Elliston Place (5 blocks to School of Nursing) 615-320-6060
  • Homewood Suites Nashville Vanderbilt, 2400 West End Avenue. 615-340-8000 (walk to campus & complimentary shuttle service)
  • Holiday Inn Vanderbilt, 2613 West End Avenue. 615-327-4707 (complimentary shuttle service)
  • Loews Vanderbilt Plaza, 2100 West End Avenue. 615-320-1700.
  • Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Av S. 615-340-7500 (0.2 mile walk to School of Nursing)

Important – Application Information

The priority review date for Fall 2020 MSN and post-master's certificate applications is November 1st. The priority review date for DNP applications is December 1st and PhD applications deadline is January 1st. Fall 2020 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programs are full.

The TOEFL or IELTS is required for MSN and post-master’s certificate applicants who do not have a degree from an English-speaking university.

The TOEFL or IELTS is required for MSN post-master’s certificate, DNP and PhD applicants who do not have a degree from an English-speaking university. MSN, post-master’s certificate or DNP applicants who need an I-20 or DS-2019 issued to study in the United States should note that those programs do not satisfy the requirements for F-1 or J-1 students. See https://nursing.vanderbilt.edu/admissions/msn/checklist.php#international

Additional Information

If you have questions, please contact the School of Nursing Admissions Office by phone at 615-322-3800 or 888-333-9192 (toll free) or e-mail: VUSN-Admissions@vanderbilt.edu