Special (non-degree) Students

School of Nursing

At Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, special students are those enrolled in one or more non-clinical courses who have not been admitted as a degree- or certificate-seeking student. A lifetime limit of 7 credit hours is permitted in this status. Successful completion of courses taken as a special student does not guarantee future admission to any degree or post-master’s certificate program.

To be considered as a special student, an applicant must submit a completed application form with transcripts and the non-refundable application fee at least two weeks before the beginning of classes. Acceptance into a course is dependent upon availability of space and facilities after full-time and part-time degree- and certificate-seeking students have been registered.

Registration as a special student requires approval by the Registrar. All University and School of Nursing regulations, including the Honor System, apply to special students. Special students who seek admission as a degree- or certificate-seeking student must make application for admission following regular procedures.  Special student status is not meant to imply or guarantee admission to the School of Nursing.