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Why Precept for VUSN?

You’re invited to be part of one of the nation’s top schools of nursing. You’ll precept high-quality students eager to learn and grow. Work with stellar faculty who also practice in their fields. Actively engage with world-renowned experts. Celebrate research and scholarly activity that lead the nursing discipline forward with evidence-based education and patient care. Above all, contribute to Vanderbilt excellence, education and impact by providing clinical experiences second to none.

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is ranked as the #6 MSN and #13 DNP Best Graduate School of Nursing, according to U.S. News & World Report —and we couldn’t do it without you.


Vanderbilt University School of Nursing was one of the first schools to place nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses in collaborative practices with physicians and within agencies. Today, Vanderbilt offers multiple paths for those who wish to become master’s or doctorally trained nurses, including a PreSpecialty program that has served as a bridge program model for schools nationwide. Students come from around the country to learn from faculty who are leaders in their disciplines and from the talented, experienced and caring preceptors who provide invaluable, one-on-one clinical experiences.

Vanderbilt is a leader in technological innovation with a state-of-the-art simulation lab, application of evolving technologies such as AI, and a virtual classroom. Vanderbilt School of Nursing offers an extensive nurse faculty practice network of owned and affiliated clinics within the community and has collaborative nursing programs with entities around the world.

Students choose Vanderbilt for its master of science in nursing, doctor of nursing practice and PhD in nursing science degrees, as well as its Post-Master’s Certificate for those master’s-educated nurses who want to obtain competency in an additional specialty area.

Vanderbilt’s master of science in nursing programs offers 14 advanced nursing specialties ranging from Adult-Gerontology Acute Care to Women’s Health. With an average of 850 students each year, Vanderbilt is one of the largest graduate nursing schools in the country. Equity, diversity and inclusion are core values at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. They are embedded in the school’s purpose, mission and vision, as well as its values. The school is committed to leading in education, evidenced-based practice, scholarship and research in order to provide optimal health care to diverse communities through innovation, inclusion and compassion. As educators of advanced practice nurses, nurse scientists, nurse leaders and nurse faculty, Vanderbilt School of Nursing accepts the responsibility to foster and graduate highly-educated, culturally-sensitive health care professionals who mirror the diverse populations they serve.

Vanderbilt University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, doctorate and professional degrees. The master’s, Post-Master’s Certificate and doctor of nursing practice programs at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The nurse-midwifery program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). The master’s for initial licensure and the master’s nursing program are fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

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