Thanks for stopping by our Open House web page to connect with everything you need to know for attending this event. Follow the links from this page to more detailed information, and then register online by 4:00 pm on February 25th for the Open House. We look forward to seeing you on February 28th.


Open House Registration


Open House Agenda

Tentative agendas are provided for prospective MSN and DNP applicants. More detailed agendas will be provided at registration. Check in at Godchaux Hall located at 461 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37240. Complimentary parking is provided at the Wesley Place garage across the street from the School of Nursing. Additional parking information is provided below.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program
You should attend this session if you are interested in the Master of Science Nursing degree or Post-master's certificate program.

8:30 – 9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast: Godchaux Hall

9:00 – 9:25

Welcome: Dean Linda Norman, DNP, RN, FAAN

9:25 – 10:20

Career Opportunities in Advanced Practice Nursing

10:20 - 10:40


10:40 – 11:40

Financial Aid and Student Panel Sessions

11:40 – 12:50

All prospective MSN students will attend this working lunch session based on their MSN entry type. Lunch is provided.

1:00 – 3:15

Meet in Small Groups with MSN Specialty Directors
You may select up to three MSN specialty sessions to attend.
» Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
» Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
» Emergency Nurse Practitioner (for RNs only)
» Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
» Healthcare Leadership (for RNs only)
» Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (for RNs only)
» Nursing Informatics (for RNs only)
» Nurse Midwifery
» Nurse-Midwifery/FNP Dual Focus

» Palliative Care (post-master's certificate for RNs only)
» Pediatric NP (acute care) (for RNs only)
» Pediatric NP (primary care)
» Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (family focus)
» Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
» WHNP/AG-PCNP Dual Focus



» DNP info session for students with a BSN degree

» Special session for admitted fall 2015 students only

2:00, 2:45 or 3:30

» Tour of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (wear comfortable shoes)

2:30 or 3:00

» Tour of Simulation Lab


Doctor of Nursing Practice
You should attend this session if you (1) have a master’s of science in nursing (2) are enrolled in a master’s degree in nursing program or (3) are the guest of a prospective DNP student.


8:30 – 9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast, Godchaux Hall

9:00 – 9:15

Welcome: Mindy Kessler, DNP Program Administrative Manager & Terri Donaldson, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, DNP Program Director

9:25 – 9:45

Welcome: Dean Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN

9:45 – 10:30

Financing Your Doctoral Education: Kristie Smith, M.Ed., Director of Financial Services

10:30 –10:45



DNP In-Depth: Understanding the Practice Doctorate Terri Donaldson, DNP Program Director and Panel of Current DNP students


You have the option to either adjourn at 12:00pm or pick up a box lunch and go to a 1:00 pm session regarding post-master’s certificate specialty

1:00 – 1:45

Optional Advanced Practice Specialty Sessions for students who wish to complete post-master’s certificate as part of their DNP program of studies


Optional Tour of Vanderbilt Medical Center departs from Student Lounge


Travel Information Directions and Accommodations

General Travel Information: Nashville is in the Central time Zone, so if necessary be sure to adjust your watch and your travel plans to accommodate a time change.


By Air: The Nashville International Airport is located approximately eight miles southeast of downtown Nashville and is off Interstate 40. The Airport Welcome Center can assist you with transportation information and details about Nashville. Call 615.275.1674.


Ground Transportation: Nashville airport offers a variety of transportation options. Please view the following website for detailed information: http://www.flynashville.com/ground-transportation/Pages/default.aspx

Taxi Service: There are several taxi services that run 24 hours a day from Nashville International Airport. The average fare is $24-26 per one-way trip to downtown or the Vanderbilt University area.


By Car to Vanderbilt University:

  • Traveling South – take I-65 South to I-40 East to exit 209B. Turn right on Broadway. Broadway merges into 21st Avenue. School of Nursing is at 461 21st Avenue South.
  • Traveling West or North – take I-40 West to exit 209A. Turn left on Broadway. Broadway merges into 21st Avenue. School of Nursing is at 461 21st Avenue South.
  • Traveling East – take I-40 East to exit 209B. Turn right on Broadway. Broadway merges into 21st Avenue. School of Nursing is at 461 21st Avenue South.

Get driving directions to Parking Garage.


Parking: Wesley Place Parking Garage at 2043 Scarritt Place, Nashville, TN 37203. When approaching the School of Nursing on 21st Avenue, turn left on Scarritt Place. Parking deck is on the right. Enter though the second entrance. There is no charge to park on floors 4 and 5 for this event only. Please note that cars parked in any unauthorized area on campus may be towed or ticketed.


Campus Location: Follow School of Nursing Open House signage


Accommodations in close proximity to the School of Nursing:


  • Embassy Suites at Vanderbilt, 1811 Broadway. 615.320.8899 (free shuttle to campus)
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton, 1800 Division St. 615.254.2170 (free shuttle to campus)
  • Hampton Inn Vanderbilt West End, 1919 West End Avenue. 615.329.1144
  • The Guest House at the MedCenter Inn, 1909 Hayes Street. 615.329.1000 (free shuttle to campus)
  • Holiday Inn Vanderbilt , 2613 West End Avenue. 615.327.4707
  • Loews Vanderbilt Plaza, 2100 West End Avenue. 615.320.1700.
  • Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Av S. 615.340.7500
  • Homewood Suites Nashville Vanderbilt, 2400 West End Avenue. 615-340-8000 (walk to campus & free shuttle service)

Important – Application Information

The priority deadline for Fall 2015 MSN and DNP applications was November 1st. Fall 2015 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programs are full. The Fall 2016 application will open on September 15.

The TOEFL is required for MSN, post-master’s certificate and PhD applicants who do not have a degree from an English-speaking university. DNP applicants must have an MSN and also be an Advanced Practice Nurse (i.e. CNS, CNM, CRNA, NP, nursing informaticists or nursing administrator). DNP applicants with an MSN in clinical nurse leadership, nursing education or other non-clinical major must apply for the post-master’s certificate plus DNP program. DNP applicants with a BSN and a master’s in public health, informatics, business or other health related field must select either the health care leadership or informatics focus.


Additional Information

If you have questions, please contact the School of Nursing Admissions Office by phone at 615.322.3800 or 888.333.9192 (toll free) or e-mail: vusn-admissions@vanderbilt.edu