Vanderbilt offers a flexible, accelerated RN pre-specialty program that helps your dreams come true in as little as two calendar years.

ASN to MSN entry for ASN and Diploma Graduates

Do you have a goal of expanding your career potential by earning a Master of Science in Nursing degree and becoming an advanced practice nurse? Vanderbilt offers a flexible, accelerated RN PreSpecialty program that helps you reach your goals within two calendar years.

Through our modified class schedules and distributed course delivery formats, you can learn from where you live without relocating or giving up your employment


Admission Requirements

The best ways to learn about the Vanderbilt School of Nursing Admissions process and requirements are to join us for Open House in October or March or attend one of the weekly MSN information sessions. 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. You can get started by visiting Admissions Requirements on our website to learn more.

Prerequisite Courses

78 semester hours or 120 quarter hours of transferable college credit which must include:


  • 6 semester hours of English
  • 9 semester hours of Social Science
  • 6 semester hours of Humanities
  • 3 semester hours of Lifespan Development
  • 11 semester hours of Natural Science (must include Human Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology)
  • 3 semester hours of Statistics
  • 2–3 semester hours of Nutrition
  • 38 semester hours of remaining credit from an accredited college/university

Meet the Program Director

Sarah Fogel


Dr. Fogel serves as the Program Director for the program of studies designed specifically for RN students (ADN and Diploma nurses). She has been on the Vanderbilt School of Nursing faculty for many years and brings a wealth of experience to the needs of the working adult learner. In addition to her interest in nursing education, Dr. Fogel is involved in community and adult health and has an international reputation for her work in sexual minority health disparities focusing on obesity among lesbians and bisexual women.


Learn from Where You Live

Our modified class schedule offers flexible formats and distributed/distance course delivery


Vanderbilt School of Nursing is committed to career mobility for ASN and diploma nursing graduates. During your PreSpecialty year, you do not have to relocate to Vanderbilt or give up your employment to be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student.

Instead, Vanderbilt lets you learn from where you live with PreSpecialty course content that is delivered in a modified learning (block) format: (1) courses offered in concentrated blocks of time on campus, including weekends, up to four times per semester, (2) on-line conferencing, and (3) videotape lecture delivery and distributed learning methods which allow for continued faculty contact between sessions. In addition, clinical placement may be arranged in your home area provided a suitable agency and preceptor are available. Sites and preceptors are subject to Vanderbilt School of Nursing faculty approval. Due to Certain Board of Education and/or Board of Nursing restrictions, the School of Nursing is not able to accommodate clinical placements in all locations.



Spring 2015: Students gather at Dean Norman's home to celebrate the completion of their first year of study.