Admitted MSN and Post Master's Students 2016

We commend you on being selected for admission to the School of Nursing and are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome you to the 2016 class.


This page will be updated throughout the spring, so please check back for new updates on the 1st and 15th of each month. Updates will be highlighted on this page.


Additional Important Information:

event1. Block Schedule Dates


check_circle2. Checklist for Admitted Students


fingerprint3. Background Check Deadline August 1st


Upon acceptance, all full and part-time students must complete a background check through Castle Branch 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. Click: 'Place Order' and enter 'Package Code': VA14bgt

    c. Enter payment information – Visa, MasterCard (credit or debit), or money order mailed to Castle Branch. 
    (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. 



new_releases4. Medical and Other Required Information - Deadline August 1st

American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for the Healthcare Provider


location_city5. 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 rate sheets added 4/19/16

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


event6. Dates for Mandatory New Student Orientation:
I have a bachelor's or higher degree in a field other than nursing

MSN PreSpecialty Level orientation
August 17 – August 19

PreSpecialty Level Quickfacts

I have an ASN, ADN or a hospital diploma in Nursing

ASN to MSN Level orientation
August 17 & 18

ASN to MSN Level Quickfacts

I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

MSN Specialty Level orientation
August 22 & 23

MSN Specialty Level Quickfacts

I have a Master of Science in Nursing

MSN Specialty Level orientation
August 22 & 23
Post Master's Certificate Quickfacts


event7. Calendar and Schedules


attach_money8. Tuition and Fees

Please note, the tuition and fees listed are estimates and will change. The actual tuition and fees will be determined in May 2016.



computer9. Technology Requirements and Support


10. Social Media

On Tuesday, April 12 the VUSN Graduate Council and the Office of Student Affairs hosted an "End of the Semester" luncheon for Pre-Specialty Students, catered by local favorite, Calypso Café. In addition to the lunch, there was a drawing for VUSN T-shirts and Panera Gift Cards. We look forward to seeing you at future school events.

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