Admitted DNP Students - 2021
We commend you on being selected for admission to the School of Nursing and are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome you to the 2021 class.
We are pleased to welcome you to the DNP Program at Vanderbilt University. We are eagerly anticipating your arrival and making preparations for the fall academic semester. We realize the first time through any process can be exciting, interesting and challenging. Our goal is to help you through the transition of becoming a doctoral student and provide the necessary assistance as you become a member of our community of scholars.
We are looking forward to in-person classes fall 2021. To keep the VU community safe and ensure the ability to conduct in-person teaching and learning, Vanderbilt University has announced that all new and returning students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021–2022 academic year. Please be sure to review this page often as well as the Vanderbilt Health and Safety Protocols webpage. They will be updated frequently throughout the summer as details for the fall semester are confirmed.
Dates of Required On-Campus Intensive Sessions for 2021 - 2022
Mandatory Fall Intensive Session for new DNP students and DNP+PMC students starting DNP courses
- Download detailed schedule [PDF]
August 30 – Sept. 1 (Mon – Wed) - DNP New Student Orientation and Intensive, On Campus
Sept. 1 – Sept. 2 (Wed – Th) - DNP Return Student Orientation and Intensive, On Campus
Quick Facts About the DNP Program
Claim VUnetID and Password
Setting up Your VUNetID
Instructions on how to claim your VUNet ID and password will be sent to your personal email address from the University Registrar's Office. This email should be received 10 business days from the time you pay your deposit.
Once you have claimed your VUNet ID and Password all official correspondence from VUSN will be sent to your Vanderbilt email address. You can access your Vanderbilt email at https://outlook.com.You must use Multi-Factor Authentication to access your email account through outlook.com. For instructions on installing and setting up MFA, see the MFA block.
Multi-Factor Authentication to Access Vanderbilt Email
Many Vanderbilt resources including Office.com and YES now require Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). If you have not done so, you will need to register DUO on your mobile devices. Steps for doing so can be found here.
New Student Requirements: Compliance
New Student Compliance Requirements
Requirements must be completed at two web locations (CastleBranch and Student Health Portal) to register for classes on July 1st.
The VU Nursing Immunization & TB Testing Form must be submitted to both sites.
Castle Branch (Vanderbilt School of Nursing enrollment requirements)
Submit documentation of requirements to VUSN by following the instructions below-
1. Order a VUSN background check and document manager package at: https://www.castlebranch.com/online_submission/package_code.php
(Enrollment is contingent upon satisfactory evaluation of your background check results.)
Use your Vanderbilt University email address and save password for future use. Placing this order creates your myCB account.
Enter package code -
VA14dnpbg, if you are newly admitted to VUSN and entering the DNP program (includes BSN to DNP and the Post Master’s Plus DNP programs).
Select Classification -
- Enter package code -
VA14dm, if you are a current VUSN student progressing into the DNP program. This package adds additional DNP requirements to your current myCB account.
- Select Classification -
2. Review the drop down instructions for each requirement in your myCB, To-Do-List.
3. Submit documentation to all requirements with a 7/01/2021 Due Date (these are required for enrollment – see deadlines). Allow 10 business days for documents to be reviewed (submit no later than June 16).
4. Check your myCB account to ensure documents have been accepted. If not, see reason provided under the requirement's drop down.
Note: Nursing Requirement Holds are cleared from Your Enrollment Services (YES) account once a week, after your myCB documentation has been reviewed as 'Complete'.
Student Health Portal (University and State-Mandated Requirements)
Submit to Student Health by following instructions for the School of Nursing at: https://www.vumc.org/student-health/immunization-requirements-new-students
Note: The University’s Immunization Hold is cleared from Your Enrollment Services (YES) account when a message of compliance is received in your Student Health Portal .
New Student Requirements: Onboarding Modules
New Student Requirements: Onboarding Modules
Registration information is now available. You can access written instructions and/or a video tutorial to help with registration. Please note that although you can access the registration portal (Your Enrollment Services [YES]) now, you will not be able to register until July 1st.
Financial Aid, Tuition and Fees
The official financial aid award notifications will be mailed to admitted students by May 14th. Please make sure your correct address is listed in our system. You can verify your address in YES by clicking on the tab that says “Personal Information”. All loan application instructions and other information will be included with the award notification. It will also include the tuition and fee sheet for 2021-2022. If you have any questions after receiving the award notification, you can call Kristie Smith directly or schedule a phone call or private Zoom meeting at this link: https://calendly.com/student-financial-services-/financial-aid-questions?month=2021-04.
Kristie Smith, VUSN Student Financial Services, (615) 322-8986.
Housing and Travel
Distance Students Hotel and Other Housing Options Near Campus
If you are a distance student that comes to campus for the modified block schedule, this document includes a list of hotels near campus and other temporary housing options offered in Nashville. Many of these hotels offer our nursing students special rates.
For those moving to the Nashville area:
Please view the Housing Guide by Current VUSN Students
Vanderbilt's Off Campus Housing Referral Service, www.vanderbilt.edu/ResEd - Select Off Campus Housing Referral, Sign Up, select GUESTS, complete information and register. A guest account will expire after 30 days. Once you matriculate and receive a VUNetID, you may upgrade your account to a Vanderbilt account.
Our Hometown: Nashville, TN, http://www.vanderbilt.edu/nashville/ (which is from the main Vanderbilt's website)
Nashville boasts a variety of neighborhoods from downtown apartments to multifamily units in the suburbs to every kind of apartment community or single-family residential home. There are several distinct areas of the city. For more information about these & other Nashville communities visit the following sites: Nashville Essential Areas, Nashville Guru - Neighborhoods and Visit Music City - Neighborhoods.
Please review the following pages for important information on technology requirements at VUSN:
Technology Letter from Betsy Weiner, Senior Associate Dean for Informatics, and Ryan McNew, Assistant Director of Informatics
Program and Specialty Technology Requirements - will be updated throughout the spring; please check back
In addition to official transcripts submitted with your original application to the DNP program, you must also submit the syllabus for each previously completed course for which you are requesting transfer credits. Each request must be reviewed and approved by course faculty and program leadership. Students may transfer a maximum of 6 semester credit hours.
Onboarding Tasks Checklist
You will receive an email in August with the name of your faculty advisor. All students are assigned a faculty advisor who is responsible for assisting students in developing an appropriate program of study and DNP project, assisting in the identification of project committee members and general mentoring throughout the educational experience. Your advisor will also serve as your DNP Project Committee Chair. Time will be available during the 1st intensive/student orientation for you to meet individually with your advisor. It is your responsibility to schedule a meeting with your advisor that week.
Parking During Block
Parking registration for professional students will be available starting on August 10, 2021. Additional information is available by accessing the link below.
Contact Parking@vanderbilt.edu if you have questions.
Brightspace Orientation is now available.
Order Your Vanderbilt Student ID
Order Your Vanderbilt Student ID
All new students are required to submit a photo in order to receive a Vanderbilt Student ID (also called the Commodore Card). There is no longer an option to have your photo made at the Commodore Care Office. All student IDs will be distributed during your first on-campus class or lab. If you are a Direct Entry MSN student, you will have your ID badge sent to you by the VUSN Student Affairs Office.
Please note that a student ID is required for access to all VUSN buildings.
The deadline to order an ID is August 1st.
Our process to upload an ID photo is as follows:
Log in here using your VUnetID and password.
Upload a new photo of yourself – please ensure it is well lit, face on, against a plain solid light colored background. It works best if you have someone take a photo of you using your phone.
No hats or sunglass on please.
- All photos need to be in color (no black & white photos)
- Your entire head and shoulders must be visible
- You must be facing forward looking directly into the camera
- You must have a plain, light colored background
- No other people or objects may be in the photo
- You must not have anything touching your face such as hands, props or other distractions
- You must not make any gestures or inappropriate facial expressions
- You may not wear a hat or sunglasses
- You may not wear jewelry or garments that obstruct the view of your face
Vanderbilt Card Services reserves the right to determine any photo as being inappropriate.
University Required Training Modules
Vanderbilt devotes considerable resources to assisting students in making intelligent choices regarding their own health and safety, as well as the health and safety of other students and the larger Vanderbilt community. Among these resources are online education programs designed to provide critical information about our community’s expectations around topics such as preventing sexual assault, thriving in and sustaining a culture of inclusive excellence, and protecting vulnerable populations. Please assess the link below regarding required Vanderbilt University compliance modules and deadlines.
Contact email@example.com if you have questions.
Delayed completion of this requirement will result in a registration hold. Please complete prior to new student orientation.