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 12th for the Open House. We look forward to seeing you on October 15th, 2016.


Open House Agenda

The agenda given below is tentative. A more detailed agenda will be provided at registration. Check in at Godchaux Hall 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
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 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 change clinical focus area.
2:30 – 3:15 » DNP info session
» Global Health opportunities
2:00, 2:45 or 3:30 Tour of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (wear comfortable shoes)
2:30 or 3:00 Tour of Simulation Lab

Doctor of Nursing Practice and PhD in Nursing Science

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 (or in a related field) or (3) are the guest of a prospective DNP or PhD 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

PhD In-Depth: Understanding the Research Doctorate
Dr. Sheila Ridner & Current PhD Students

OR –

DNP In-Depth: Understanding the Practice Doctorate
Dr. Terri Allison & Current DNP Students

Pick up box lunch. You have the option to either adjourn at 11:40 or go to a session you didn't attend earlier. If you attend a session at 11:50, feel free to bring your box lunch.
11:50 – 12:50

PhD In-Depth: Understanding the Research Doctorate
Dr. Sheila Ridner & Current PhD Students


DNP In-Depth: Understanding the Practice Doctorate (repeat presentation)
Dr. Terri Allison & Current DNP Students

12:50 Adjourn unless you plan to pursue another advanced certification as part of DNP program. If so, 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 (first floor Frist Hall). 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

Taxi Service: There are several taxi services that run 24 hours a day from Nashville International Airport. The average fare is $24-26 per one-way trip to downtown or the Vanderbilt University area.

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 through 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 (free shuttle to campus)
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton, 1800 Division St. 615-254-2170 (free shuttle to campus)
  • Hampton Inn Vanderbilt West End, 1919 West End Avenue. 615-329-1144
  • The Guest House at the MedCenter Inn, 1909 Hayes Street. 615-329-1000 (free shuttle to campus)
  • Holiday Inn Vanderbilt, 2613 West End Avenue. 615-327-4707
  • Loews Vanderbilt Plaza, 2100 West End Avenue. 615-320-1700.
  • Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Av S. 615-340-7500
  • Homewood Suites Nashville Vanderbilt, 2400 West End Avenue. 615-340-8000 (walk to campus & free shuttle service)

Important – Application Information

The priority review date for Fall 2017 MSN and post-master's certificate applications is November 1st. The priority review date for DNP and PhD applications is January 15th. Fall 2017 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programs are full.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all MSN and PhD applicants regardless of prior academic background or grade point average. The TOEFL is required for MSN, post-master’s certificate and PhD applicants who do not have a degree from an English-speaking university.

DNP applicants must have an MSN and also be an Advanced Practice Nurse (i.e. CNS, CNM, CRNA, NP, nursing informaticists or nursing administrator). DNP applicants with an MSN in clinical nurse leadership, nursing education or other non-clinical major must apply for the post-master’s certificate plus DNP program.

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