Admitted MSN and Post-Master's Students Fall 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 Vanderbilt.
Looking for your orientation? Follow the link below. You will need to log in with your VUnetID to access orientation information:
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.
This page will be updated throughout the spring and summer, so please check back for new updates on the 1st and 15th of each month. Updates will have next to their name. If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Tamika Hudson.
- Read the Guide for New Students from Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Tamika Hudson.
- Read the Welcome Letter from Sr. Associate Dean for Academics Mavis Schorn.
Claim VUnetID and PasswordFebruary 15
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 (MFA)February 15
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 GuideFebruary 15
ASN to MSN Level
MSN PreSpecialty Level InformationMarch 1
MSN Level InformationMarch 1
New Student Compliance RequirementsMarch 15
Requirements must be completed at two web locations (CastleBranch and Student Health Portal) to register for classes on July 1st.
The VU Nursing Immunization and 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 -
VA14nonRN, if you are entering at the PreSpecialty (non-RN) entry level. Non-RN package includes a drug screen. Chain of Custody form is accepted at most Quest Locations. Allow 10-business days for a result once the sample has been submitted
- Select Classification -
- Select Classification -
- Enter package code -
VA14bgtif you are entering with a nursing license into a MSN or Post Master's Certificate program.
- Select Classification -
- 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 .
Housing and TravelMarch 15
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.
Technology OrientationMarch 15
Please review the following pages for important information on technology requirements at VUSN:
Technology Letter from Patty Sengstack, 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
Clinical PlacementApril 1
Clinical Placement information is now available. View the Clinical Placement Action Plan page for more information.
Registration InstructionsApril 1
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.
To find the classes you should register for, see your level or specialty plan by following the link below:
Financial Aid & Tuition and FeesApril 1
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.
Onboarding Task ChecklistMay 1
We realize that there are many items that need to be completed before orientation, so we have created this checklist that can help you get organized. Please note that you are not required to use this checklist; it is merely to help you stay on track to meet required deadlines.
Health InsuranceMay 15
Lab Coats and ScrubsJune 1
All VUSN PreSpecialty students are required to have a VUSN lab coat and VUSN scrubs.
Direct Entry, Post-Masters and DNP+ students (with the exception of students in Emergency, Neonatal, Pediatric – Acute Care, Nursing and Health Care Leadership and Nursing Informatics) are required to have a VUSN lab coat only.
Order online at the Scrub Shoppe. Password is
Commodore. Orders placed online will be mailed to the address you provide on your order form. Size charts are posted to help you know what size to order. We suggest this form of ordering for any students who are in distance programs.
Please note that lab coats will have the VUSN shoulder patch and your name embroidered on the front. Scrubs will have the VUSN shoulder patch already sewn on. Once ordered, lab coats and scrubs will be non-returnable and non-refundable.
Students will wear white, black, or dark brown full leather or non-canvas, full-heeled, closed toe shoes.
Any questions regarding orders will need to be emailed directly to The Scrub Shoppe (email@example.com).
Order Your Vanderbilt Student IDJune 1
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.
Brightspace OrientationJuly 1
Brightspace Orientation is now available.
ASN to MSN OrientationJuly 15
ASN to MSN Orientation is now available. Please note that you will need to log in with your VUnetID and password to access orientation.
PreSpecialty OrientationJuly 15
PreSpecialty Orientation is now available. Please note that you will need to log in with your VUnetID and password to access orientation.
Direct Entry, PMC, and DNP+ OrientationJuly 15
Direct Entry, PMC, and DNP+ Orientation is now available. Please note that you will need to log in with your VUnetID and password to access orientation.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Delayed completion of this requirement will result in a registration hold. Please complete prior to new student orientation.