MSN Admission Requirements
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Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session conducted by an Admission Counselor for assistance with the application process. Information Sessions are on Tuesdays from 10-11am and on Fridays from 2-3pm. Please call the Admissions Office at 615.322.3800 or 888.333.9192 to schedule yourself for one of these sessions.
The School of Nursing hosts campus visits in October and March of each year. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend to learn more about programs offered at the School of Nursing.
There are 8 requirements of those who seek admission to Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. These requirements vary somewhat depending upon your educational background and whether you are already a Registered Nurse.
- All applicants must submit an online application for admission (click here), a Statement of Career Goals, and a $50 application fee. The Goal Statement is your opportunity to tell faculty what you are planning to do with your career after you finish your master's degree. Before writing your goal statement, please carefully review information about the specialty on our web site so that you clearly indicate to the faculty that you are a fit with the specialty.
Students are offered admission to their selected specialty; it is not possible to enter the program undecided about your specialty area. Your Goal Statement must address only your selected specialty, it should indicate your understanding of the role of the advanced practice nurse and your patient population of interest.
- All applicants must submit official transcripts of all post high school studies. Students admitted to the School of Nursing have earned an undergraduate grade point average of a "B" or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Transcripts should be mailed to:
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
461 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240-0008
- A satisfactory Graduate Record Exam score taken within 5 years of the application is required.
- All applicants must provide three letters of professional reference. References should be from faculty members, professional colleagues, or work supervisors who can evaluate your potential for success in a graduate program. Recommendations from family, friends, other students or co-workers are NOT appropriate.
- All applicants must complete the interview survey. Both the writing style (i.e. grammar, punctuation, spelling, word use) and content of your responses will be used in the overall evaluation of your application to the program. In addition to the written interview survey, applicants to the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty are required to have a personal, or telephone, interview with a faculty member. Other specialties may also require an interview. After a preliminary review of your application, you will be contacted to schedule the interview.
- All applicants are required to have certain prerequisite courses from an accredited college or university.
- If you have earned a BSN, you must have had a 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour Statistics course.
- If you have earned an ASN or a Diploma in Nursing, you must have earned at least 78 accredited semester or 110 accredited quarter hours including the following areas: 11 hours of natural science which must include courses in Microbiology, Human Anatomy, and Human Physiology; 9 hours of Social Science; 6 hours of Humanities; 6 hours of English; 3 hours of Statistics; Nutrition and Developmental Psychology.
- If you have earned a BA or BS in a discipline other than Nursing, you must have successfully completed 11 hours of natural science including courses in Microbiology, Human Anatomy, and Human Physiology; Statistics; Nutrition and Developmental Psychology. The human anatomy, human physiology and microbiology courses must have been taken within 5 years of application.
- If you are currently enrolled in a BA or BS program, you must be in the final year of your program and have successfully completed or plan to complete prior to enrollment the following courses: 11 hours of natural science including Microbiology, Human Anatomy, and Human Physiology; 3 hours of Statistics; Nutrition and Developmental Psychology. The human anatomy, human physiology and microbiology courses must have been taken within 5 years of application.
All applicants may request a transcript review to determine which (if any) additional courses may be needed.
- RN applicants must have graduated from an N.L.N.A.C. or C.C.N.E. accredited school.
- RN applicants must be eligible to practice in the state where they will be completing their clinical practica and/or preceptorship. Non-RN applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for nursing licensure. All applicants must meet the competencies necessary for the professional practice of nursing.