Frequently Asked Questions
General Information Questions
- What is the School of Nursing address and telephone number?
- What are the directions to the School of Nursing?
- What are the GRE codes for the School of Nursing?
- What are the academic programs offered by the School of Nursing?
- Do you offer distance learning courses?
- What is the cost to attend?
Admissions Information Questions
- Can I visit the School of Nursing?
- Must I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in order to enter the MSN program?
- Does VUSN require any prerequisite courses?
- Must I have completed the prerequisite courses prior to applying to VUSN?
- Can I take prerequisites at a community college or online?
- Is there expiration on prerequisites?
- Is there an application deadline?
- When should I take the GRE?
- Where should I have my official transcripts mailed to?
- Does the school accept electronic transcripts?
- What criteria are used to judge my application when it is sent for faculty review?
- Should I contact the admissions office to set up a personal interview?
- If admitted can I defer my acceptance?
- Can I apply to enter in the spring semester?
- Is part-time study available?
What is the School of Nursing address and telephone number?
Admissions Office hours 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (Monday – Friday)
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
461 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240-0008
(615) 322.4400 (main switchboard)
(615) 322.3800 (admissions)
(615) 343.0333 (admissions fax)
What are the directions to the School of Nursing?
For driving directions to the School of Nursing, please go here.
What are the GRE codes for the School of Nursing?
The school code for Vanderbilt University is 1871.
The department/major code for the School of Nursing is 0610.
What are the academic programs offered by the School of Nursing?
The School of Nursing recognizes that individuals come to us with different backgrounds and different career aspirations. Choose the advanced practice specialty that suits your interest; http://www.nursing.vanderbilt.edu/programs.html
Do you offer distance learning courses?
The School of Nursing offers several programs in what we call a modified learning (block) format. The content is delivered in a modified learning (block) format via the following: (1) courses offered in concentrated blocks of time on campus (approximately 5 days with most programs scheduling courses around a weekend on average of four times per semester), (2) online conferencing, and (3) digital video and distributed course delivery methods that allow for continued faculty contact between sessions. In addition, clinical placement can be arranged in the student's home area provided a suitable agency and preceptor are available. http://www.nursing.vanderbilt.edu/msn/distlearn.html
Are any programs totally online?
Programs offered online only:
- Health Systems Management
Can I visit the School of Nursing?
Applicants are encouraged to attend an MSN program information session by a School of Nursing Admission Counselor for assistance with the MSN application process. Information Sessions are on Tuesdays from 10 – 11 am and on Fridays from 2 – 3 pm. Note that information sessions are not held on Vanderbilt holidays or during new student orientation in August. Please call the Admissions Office at 615.322.3800 or 888.333.9192 to schedule yourself for one of these sessions or e-mail email@example.com.
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.
The Undergraduate Admissions office conducts campus tours Monday – Saturday. While this information session and tour is primarily intended for high school students and their parents, the tour will give you an opportunity to see our beautiful campus. Information regarding the Undergraduate Admissions Office tour is found http://admissions.vanderbilt.edu/visit/daily.php.
Must I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in order to enter the MSN program?
VUSN is unique in that it offers "multiple entry options." You can enter our program with:
- no nursing background whatsoever and a Bachelor of Arts/Science degree in a field other than nursing (Pre-Specialty Student Status)
- a hospital diploma or associate's degree in nursing and 78 semester hours of college courses (RN Pre-Specialty Student Status)
- a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Direct Entry Status)
- a Master of Science in Nursing with the intention of obtaining a Post Master's Certificate (Post Master's Status)
Does VUSN require any prerequisite courses?
Yes. If you have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, we require that you have:
- Three (3) semester hours of Statistics
If you are an Associate's or Hospital Diploma RN, you must have at least 78 semester hours of college credit which must include the following courses:
- Six (6) semester hours of English (any composition or literature courses)
- Six (6) semester hours of Humanities (classics, fine arts, general humanities, history, literature, philosophy or religion courses)
- Nine (9) semester hours of Social Sciences (anthropology, economics, political science, psychology or sociology)
- Eleven (11) semester hours of Natural Science which must include microbiology and both human anatomy and human physiology (which must cover all body systems)
- Three (3) semester hours of Lifespan Development, Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology (must cover birth to death)
- Two to Three (2-3) semester hours of Nutrition
- Three(3) semester hours of Statistics (must include inferential statistics)
If you are a non-nurse college graduate, we require you have:
- Eight (8) semester hours of Human Anatomy and Physiology. Must be taken within 5 years of application
- Three (3) semester hours of Microbiology. Must be taken within 5 years of application
- Three (3) semester hours of Lifespan Development, Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology (must cover lifespan from birth to death)
- Three (3) semester hours of Statistics (must include inferential statistics)
- Two to Three (2-3) semester hours of Nutrition
Must I have completed the prerequisite courses prior to applying to VUSN?
No. If you are applying to our program as pre-specialty student, you must be in the final year of your program before applying. It is desirable that you have completed some if not all the prerequisite courses. Acceptance into our program as well as your ability to enroll will be contingent upon our receipt of documentation acknowledging your completion of the prerequisites and the bachelor’s degree prior to the enrollment date.
Can I take prerequisites at a community college or online?
Is there expiration on prerequisites?
Only for non-nurses, human anatomy, human physiology & microbiology must be taken within 5 years of application.
Is there an application deadline?
There is no fixed application deadline at the School of Nursing. We begin to evaluate applications to our program for the fall semester on December 1st of the previous year. We will continue to accept applications for a specific semester until the specialty into which you are applying reaches its capacity or up to approximately one month prior to the commencement of classes. Note that the nurse practitioner and nurse midwifery specialties receive a high number of applications so applicants to those programs should apply no later than December 1st.
When should I take the GRE?
Where should I have my official transcripts mailed to?
Yes, VUSN can accept e-transcripts directly from your college/university. Official transcripts must be electronically sent directly to the School of Nursing; firstname.lastname@example.org.
What criteria are used to judge my application when it is sent for faculty review?
Our faculty is looking for a satisfactory score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, a 4.5 on the analytical section of the GRE, and at least 3.0 GPA. Admission is competitive but there is some leeway with regard to being accepted into our program. We look at the whole application package. This includes your letters of reference (professional and academic references), transcripts, goal statement and interview survey responses. All application materials must be received before your file can be reviewed by faculty.
Should I contact the admissions office to set up a personal interview?
If admitted can I defer my acceptance?
You may request a deferral of one year. Deferrals must be requested through the Student Admissions & Academic Affairs Committee (SAAA). Deferrals are generally granted for unanticipated circumstances such as illness. Deferrals are usually not granted for financial reasons, inability to complete prerequisite courses and the like.
Can I apply to enter in the spring semester?
All non-nurses & associate/hospital diploma RNs must start in the fall semester. BSN nurses that apply to the Health Systems Management program may apply in the spring or summer semester. The PNP Acute Care Post Master’s Certificate program for Primary Care PNPs only begins in the spring semester.
Is part-time study available?
All non-nurses must attend full-time in the Pre-Specialty year. Associate/hospital diploma RNs, BSNs, & post master’s certificate students may attend part-time.