Admitted DNP Students - 2017

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 2017 class.

This page will be updated throughout the spring, so please check back for new updates on the 1st and 15th of each month. Updates will be highlighted on this page.

Dates of Required On-Campus Intensive Sessions for 2017 - 2018

We are delighted 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. 

ID Badges

During orientation, students may need to have their ID badges made at Sarratt Student Center. Below is a map showing the walking path from VUSN (bottom right) to Sarratt Student Center. 

Walking directions from VUSN to Sarratt


Note: Special Students, who are only enrolled in one course and are not seeking a degree from the School of Nursing, are not required to complete a background check or the new student requirements unless they apply and are admitted to VUSN.

Disclosure of offenses post-background check completion: Admitted VUSN students (includes full & part-time students) are required to immediately report to their Faculty Advisor and the Senior Associate Dean for Academics any arrest, criminal charge or conviction occurring after his or her background check has been completed.Required disclosure also includes but is not limited to: allegations, investigations and/or disciplinary action from any licensing board or agency included under the Nationwide Healthcare Fraud and Abuse scan; Office of Inspector General (OIG), General Services Administration (GSA), FDA Debarment Check, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Office of Research Integrity (ORI), and Medicare and Medicaid Sanctions.

You will be automatically registered for fall core courses (first semester only). Once you have discussed your program of study with your academic advisor you may register for any elective courses your advisor has approved. Academic advisors will be assigned several weeks prior to the fall intensive (August 21 - 31, 2017). Please contact Sara Donahoe, VUSN Registrar, to request registration for any courses outside the normal program of study.

 Please note, the tuition and fees listed are estimates and will change. The actual tuition and fees will be determined in May 2017.

For those of you who live outside of the Nashville area and will be relocating or visiting the area as a distance student, please see resources below for helpful information:
Hotel Accommodations:


Hotels that offer VUSN students special rates:

Housing Accommodations:

Please exercise good judgment when using an outside source such as Craigslist, Tennessean, etc. Although the Vanderbilt Office of Housing & Residential Off-Campus Service is not endorsed or verified by the university, it is password protected.

To learn more about the safety of the area you may be renting in, check out the Nashville Police website -

Our Hometown – Nashville, TN

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. Transfer credit form.

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. 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. The agenda (available late July) will list specific days and times that you may choose from.

The Office of Student Accounts bills all students for activity and recreation fees. However, you will be granted a waiver if: (1) you are a part-time student enrolled in four or fewer credit hours, or (2) you are a student residing outside a sixty-mile radius of the Vanderbilt Campus. To complete your waiver request, please go to: 

Dates of Required On-Campus Intensive Sessions for 2017 - 2018

Fall Intensive Schedule will be posted by August 7, 2017

We have created a small course to give you experience using Brightspace before you arrive on campus. Most of your courses will use Brightspace to deliver a course syllabus, media links, handouts and other learning materials.