Requirements for Admissions
Our program is designed for students with a bachelor's degree in nursing (or BSN equivalent) and a master's degree in nursing (or a related field) or a doctoral degree in nursing (or a related field).
Admission is competitive. Students are selected on the basis of their scholastic preparation and intellectual capability. Admission to our program requires research and career goals that are consistent with the school's research foci and faculty expertise. We will only accept you if we have the faculty who are actively engaged in your area of research.
- Completion of a course of study equivalent to that required for the bachelor's degree in nursing at an accredited institution, with a minimum of a B average in undergraduate work
- Completion of a course of study equivalent to that required for the master's degree in nursing (or a related field), with a minimum of a B average in graduate work
- Having maintained a B average in the field of expected graduate concentration
Pursuant to University of North Carolina Board of Governors Rules and Standards regarding licensure of distance learning post-secondary degree activity, clinical practica and field research generally require licensure by the state of North Carolina. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is working towards authorization. Effective August 1, 2014, VUSN will close admissions to its distance programs or clinical placements in North Carolina until the programs are authorized by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. All North Carolina students admitted prior to August 1, 2014, are approved by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to complete their plan of studies.
Program Delivery and Participation Requirements
In addition, the following program delivery and participation requirements are expected of all students in our program:
- Attend in-person all block intensives for the first two years in the program. In-person block intensives occur three times per academic year for no more than 20 days total (4-5 days each time). We do not offer financial assistance for travel expenses to block intensives.
- Meet all program computer and technology requirements. This information will be posted on our Website for new students over the summer.
- Participate in weekly synchronous (i.e., at a scheduled time) classes using the technology required by our program. We currently use a desktop videoconferencing system called Scopia.
- Be able to access all Websites and library resources in the United States of America to successfully complete course and dissertation work.