faculty profile

Virginia Gardner   MSN, PMHNP-BC

Instructor of Nursing




Virginia Gardner is certified as an adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with prescriptive privileges. Virginia is also certified as a qualified cognitive therapist through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She currently works in a private psychiatry practice, The Nashville Center for Hope and Healing, specializing in the treatment of mood disorders. Virginia graduated Cum Laude from Duke University in 2001 with a psychology major. She went on to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing from the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty program at Vanderbilt School of Nursing in 2005.


  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • BA, Duke University


  • Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Diplomate

Academic Interests

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Neuroscience

Professional Organizations

  • Sigma Theta Tau