The Vanderbilt Opportunity

Fueled by the rapid expansion of knowledge underpinning practice, the complexity of patient care and national concerns about the quality of care and patient safety as well as shortages of nursing personnel and faculty, the nursing discipline has realized that a higher level of preparation is needed for leaders who can design and provide care for diverse populations. Vanderbilt has a long history of educating advanced practice nurses at the Master’s level, including Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, Nursing Informatics Specialists and Health Systems Managers. Our DNP program proposal has been meticulously built upon this expertise and recommendations of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).


The Vanderbilt Doctor of Nursing Practice program will provide an online/distance post-master’s curriculum for those advanced practice nurses who wish to pursue additional practice-based study in a one-of-a-kind scholarly environment:


  • Vanderbilt School of Nursing has a “Top-20” ranking by U.S. News & World Report
  • Our faculty practice network offers different models of care across our community and beyond, and we have collaborative nursing programs with entities across the globe.
  • The Vanderbilt campus and Nashville – a major health care hub – offer active engagement with world-renowned experts and health care resources.
  • The Vanderbilt credential is recognized in the health care sector around the world.