Academic Programs/Specialties

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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Vanderbilt is preparing advanced practice nurses to play a vital role in providing access to health care for people everywhere. We offer an accelerated course of study, multiple entry options, programs for nurses and non-nurses and many opportunities to study without relocating. Choose the advanced practice specialty that suits your interests.
[Master of Science in Nursing]


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Built upon Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s internationally recognized advanced practice nursing programs, the DNP program provides an alternative to a research-focused doctorate with education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems thinking. Our program offers entry with either a BSN or MSN degree.

[Doctor of Nursing Practice]


PhD in Nursing Science

This program prepares scholars for research and teaching careers in major universities.
[PhD in Nursing Science Program]


Post-Master's Certificates

These are available in various specialty areas for the nurse practitioner (acute care, adult, family, neonatal, pediatric, family psychiatric-mental health, and women’s health) and in informatics, MSN in healthcare leadership, and nurse-midwifery.
Post-Master's Certificates for MSNs]


Postdoctoral Program

Our two-year program lets fellows extend knowledge in their research areas, conduct successful interdisciplinary research projects, enhance writing and communication skills and establish new peer networks.
[Postdoctoral Programs]


Special Students (non-degree seeking)

Applicants for admission who are not seeking a degree at Vanderbilt School of Nursing but who wish to enroll for graduate credit are allowed to register as “special students.” A maximum of seven credit hours can be taken as a special student.

[ Special Students]


Center for Research Development and Scholarship (CRDS)

This center investigates issues of importance to national health care, targeting such vulnerable and at-risk populations as women, children, the elderly and individuals with developmental and behavioral disorders.

[Center for Research Development and Scholarship]