Admitted DNP Students 2014


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Dates of Required On-Campus Intensive Sessions for 2014-15
Fall Intensive: August 25-29, 2014
Spring Intensive: January 12-15, 2015 
Summer Intensive: May 4-7, 2015


We are delighted to welcome you to the DNP Program at Vanderbilt University. We are eagerly anticipating your arrival and making preparations for the fall academic semester. We realize the first time through any process can be exciting, interesting and challenging. Our goal is to help you through the transition of becoming a doctoral student and provide the necessary assistance as you become a member of our community of scholars.

  1. Registration: You will be automatically registered for fall core courses (first semester only). Once you have discussed your program of study with your academic advisor you may register for any elective courses your advisor has approved. Academic advisors will be assigned several weeks prior to the fall block (August 25-29, 2014). Please contact Logan Key, VUSN Registrar, to request registration for any courses outside the normal program of study.

  2. Programs of Study

  3. ID Card: We will allow time during the 1st block for you to obtain a student identification card. You must bring a photo ID such as your driver’s license or passport to the August block.

  4. Criminal Background Check: Updated 7/17/14 - 9:50AM

    Upon acceptance, students must complete a background check through Certified Background using the code provided below. Enrollment is contingent upon satisfactory evaluation of the results of the background check. Special Students, who are only enrolled in one course and are not seeking a degree from the School of Nursing, are not required to complete a background check or the new student requirements unless they apply and are admitted to VUSN. 

    Student Background check and submitting requirements:

    a. Go to (Should not be completed more than 3 months prior to student orientation.)

    b. VUSN students enter package code: VA14bgt

    c. Enter payment information – Visa, MasterCard (credit or debit), or money order mailed to Certified Background
    (NOTE: there is a processing fee for  money orders). The student should follow online instructions to complete the order.

    Disclosure of offenses post-background check completion:  Admitted VUSN students (includes full & part-time students) are required to report any arrest, criminal charge or conviction occurring after his or her background check has been completed.  Required disclosure also includes but is not limited to; allegations, investigations and/or disciplinary action from any licensing board or agency included under the Nationwide Healthcare Fraud and Abuse scan; Office of Inspector General (OIG), General Services Administration (GSA), FDA Debarment Check, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Office of Research Integrity (ORI), and Medicare and Medicaid Sanctions. 

  1. Medical and Other Required Information:  Updated 7/17/14 - 10:01 AM

    Review and complete: Student Medical & Health Requirements Checklist available at:


    American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for the Healthcare Provider

  1. Activate your VUnet ID

    Your Vanderbilt User Account (your VUnetID) will be used to access student services, including class registration, access to academic information, and Vanderbilt email. You need to complete the Vanderbilt User Account (VUnetID) registration process to obtain your email address. The University Registrar will begin the process by sending a message to your personal email account about ten days following payment of your matriculation fee. If you do not receive a message from the University Registrar about the VUnetID process and you are not currently a student or an employee of Vanderbilt, please contact Jerry Murley ( If you are a current Vanderbilt student or employee, your current VUNet ID and password will remain the same and you do not need to take any action.

  2. Tuition & Financial Aid Updated 5/30/14 - 2:03 PM

    Financial Aid

    1. Received the Financial Aid Packet from the VUSN Student Financial Services Office. If you have not received the forms, please call Kristie Smith at 615.322.8986.
    2. File the 2014-2015 FAFSA; available on-line: ( School Code: 003535
    3. Receive financial aid award letter (if applicable) from the VUSN Student Financial Services Office during the 4th week of April. Once you receive the financial aid award letter, please follow all instructions for completing loan applications.

    If you are a Vanderbilt employee and are interested in the Tuition Reimbursement Program, vist the Vanderbilt Tuition Assistance Program page.

  1. Housing & Nashville Information: For those of you who live outside of the Nashville area and will be relocating or visiting the area as a distance student, please see resources below for helpful information.

    Hotel Accommodations
    Housing Accommodations


    Please exercise good judgment when using an outside source such as Craigslist, Tennessean, etc. Although the Vanderbilt Office of Housing & Residential Off-Campus Service is not endorsed or verified by the university, it is password protected.

    To learn more about the safety of the area you may be renting in, check out the Nashville Police website -


    Our Hometown - Nashville, TN
    Residential Communities

    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 listed below. For more information about these & other Nashville communities visit the following sites: or

    • Hillsboro, West End
      For certain Nashvillians, this part of town is the center of the known universe. In this relatively tiny slice of Nashville, you can find a big-time university called Vanderbilt, an internationally known music center called Music Row, some intriguing businesses and a bunch of very nice, if sometimes very expensive, places to live. Residents and visitors like it for its history - from the Fugitives at Vanderbilt to Elvis on Music Row - hipness and homes. The area is bounded by busy West End Avenue, Franklin Road on the east and the noisy 440 Parkway on the south. At the heart of it is trendy Hillsboro Village, once a more mainstream retail area and now a night-life and restaurant mecca for Vanderbilt types, musicians, songwriters and the occasional gang of tourists who have heard that Garth Brooks likes to eat breakfast at the Pancake Pantry.


    • Green Hills, Forest Hills 
      So you want to shop until you drop, take a break for a quick bite to eat or a sit-down dinner and still be within a shopping bag’s throw of home? The Green Hills/Forest Hills neighborhood may be just the place for you to build, buy or rent a new home. Anchored by the sprawling regional Mall at Green Hills, the neighborhood has easy access to Hillsboro Pike, which generates much of the Nashville’s north-south traffic. Green Hills is one of Nashville’s most lived-in and visited areas. It has 21 churches, 14 schools and nearby police and fire protection, as well as more than one million square feet of shopping, movie theaters and a wide variety of restaurants.  Plus, if you want an afternoon in the park, you’re just a jog or picnic basket away from the Edwin and Percy Warner parks and a secluded secret of Nashville – Radnor Lake.

    • The Gulch
      Located at the edge of the Central Business District and within minutes of West End Avenue, Music Row and Hillsboro Village, The Gulch is poised to become a thriving business community and offers loft offices, upscale office space and spacious studios. Loft apartments, studios and condominiums make up the residential component of The Gulch. This area is also home to some of Nashville’s newest — and most popular — restaurants and bars.


    • Sylvan Park, Charlotte Park, West Nashville 
      Sylvan Park offers a beautiful setting with a funky edge. Here, solid, 1920s clapboard homes and the architectural flourishes on stone bungalows from the ’30s and ’40s look right at home together. The Produce Place is the best spot this side of Farmer’s Market to get fresh, mouth-watering fruit and vegetables. 

    • East Nashville 
      Over the river & past LP Field, you could get happily lost among the beautifully restored homes in Historic Edgefield, but be sure to stop on Woodland Street and recharge at Five Points, a lively hub of bistros, coffeehouses, boutiques and neighborhood stores. Highlights: Margot Café & Bar, Marché Artisan Foods, Bongo Java Roasting Co. & East Café, Turnip Truck organic grocery store.

    • 12South
      Lined with galleries, sweet shops and other mom and pop stores, the 10 blocks that run from Linden Avenue to Sevier Park bisect one of the hippest up-and-coming neighborhoods in Nashville. Highlights: Katy K's Ranch Dressing, a chic boutique with designer Western wear and vintage clothing, Watermark Restaurant, Mafiaoza’s Pizzeria.

    • Germantown
      Two of Nashville's historic neighborhoods are bringing people closer to town to live and play. Germantown, so named because of the influx of German immigrants in the mid-19th century, is being restored to its original grandeur. A slate of new residential developments, restaurants and businesses has helped make Germantown a desirable location for urban pioneers to live, work, eat and play. Nashville’s Farmers’ Market is within easy walking distance of Germantown.

    • Bellevue
      Bellevue, perched on the southwestern tip of Davidson County, allows newcomers to keep one foot in the city life and the other in the country. With its plethora of apartments and abundance of single-family homes within 30 minutes of downtown (depending on traffic), commuters can feel like they live in the country and still have the hustle and bustle of downtown. Bellevue also can be like your hometown – small enough to get around in easily, but large enough to offer the shopping, dining and entertainment you seek. Nestled around the regional Bellevue Center shopping complex are numerous fast food outlets and restaurant chains, dozens of churches, 12 schools, two movie theaters with multiple screens and a unique community park. Nearby police and fire protection service the community, this has two major interchanges for Interstate 40 access.


    For questions or concerns contact or our office at 615.322.3800

  2. Parking: Students who will be on campus during the required face-to-face block sessions and need a parking space have the following options:

    25th Ave. Garage: On the corner of 25th Ave. and Highland Ave. – please use Highland Ave. entrance only
    Terrace Place Garage: On the corner of 21st Ave. and Terrace Place
    Wesley Place Garage: On the corner of 21st Ave. and Scarritt Place
    Kensington Place Garage: On the corner of 25th Ave. and Kensington Place

    The most convenient garage would be Wesley Place Garage since it is located across the street from the School of Nursing. Students will not be able to receive a receipt at the garage when you use the coin boxes. Additional assistance or questions should be directed to: (615) 259-3898.

    Here is a link to campus parking maps:

    Students who live nearby and plan on using the resources available at Vanderbilt beyond the face-to-face block sessions may purchase a regular week-day parking permit from VUMC Parking Facilities located on the ground level in the VUH Garage across from the hospital (615-936-1215). All VUSN students purchasing parking permits are required to park in the 25th Avenue Garage located at the corner of 25th & Highland Avenue. Students need to present their VUMC ID, and current  state vehicle registration certificate when registering.

  3. Technology Requirements

  4. Transfer Credit: In addition to official transcripts submitted with your original application to the DNP program, you must also submit the syllabus for each previously completed course for which you are requesting transfer credits. Each request must be reviewed and approved by course faculty and program leadership. Students may transfer a maximum of 6 semester credit hours.

  5. Required Online Training Modules to be completed before New Students Orientation - Updated 8/6/2014 - 3:39 PM

    Protection of Minors

    Our campus is committed to protecting minors who participate in our many programs or receive care in Vanderbilt facilities. The promotion of safety for infants, children and adolescents is a responsibility of every member of the Vanderbilt community. To strengthen our campus efforts to educate those who interact with minors, the Protection of Minors 101 training is available for all students, faculty, and staff members.This module is a brief overview of the Protection of Minors policy at VU, including Tennessee and internal child abuse reporting policies, the Code of Conduct when interacting with minors, and prevention and awareness training for child abuse. The training offers ways individuals can recognize and respond to red flag behavior in others and best encourage healthy interaction between adults and minors.

    The training link will be live for students beginning August 1st.

  6. Academic Calendar

  7. Faculty Advisors: You will receive an email in July with the name of your faculty advisor. All students are assigned a faculty advisor who is responsible for assisting students in developing an appropriate program of study and scholarly project, assisting in the identification of project committee members and general mentoring throughout the educational experience. We will set time aside during the 1st block/student orientation for you to meet individually with your advisor. It is your responsibility to schedule a meeting with your advisor that week. The agenda (available mid-late July) will list specific days and times that you may choose from.

  8. Student Activity and Recreation Fee Waivers: The Office of Student Accounts bills all students for activity and recreation fees. However, you will be granted a waiver if: (1) you are a part-time student enrolled in four or fewer credit hours, or (2) you are a student residing outside a sixty-mile radius of the Vanderbilt Campus. To complete your waiver request, please go to:

  9. Textbooks - Updated 8/6/14 - 4:34 PM

  10. Dates of Required On-Campus Intensive Sessions for 2014-15
    Fall Intensive: August 25-29, 2014 - Updated 8/6/14
    Spring Intensive: January 12-15, 2015 
    Summer Intensive: May 4-7, 2015

  11. DNP 2014 Fall Electives - Updated 8/6/14 - 4:34 PM
  1. Wireless Configuration at Vanderbilt

    - Wireless configuration for Windows devices
    - Wireless configuration for Droid devices
    Mac OS
    1. Find the wireless network icon on your computer you'll find an icon that looks like a wireless symbol in the top right. You must be onsite for this stage.
    2. View available wi-fi networks
    3. Select: PatientCare3
    4. Enter the security key -- You'll be prompted to enter the following credentials:
    5. Format for Username: vanderbilt + back slash + vunetid
      Example: vanderbilt\smithj
      Password: Your VUNET ID password
    6. You may be prompted with a Certificate page which you have to Accept to complete the connection.

  2. Orientation to Blackboard Updated 7/10/14 - 2:18 PM

    Blackboard OrientationWe have created a small course to give you experience using OAK (Blackboard) before you arrive on campus. Most of your courses will use Blackboard to deliver a course syllabus, media links, handouts and other learning materials.
    VUNet ID required.