Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

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Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Vanderbilt School of Nursing logo.svg
Motto Where Tradition Meets Innovation
Type Private
Established 1908
Dean Linda Norman
Academic staff
Postgraduates 618[1]
Location Nashville, TN, USA

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) is one of the graduate schools of Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee. VUSN is continuous with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which is known for its highly acclaimed teaching hospital and its groundbreaking efforts in electronic medical records. The School of Nursing is ranked, along with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, in the top 20 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.


The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing was founded in 1908. The School was one of the first five schools to receive Rockefeller Foundation funding to implement the Goldmark Report of 1923, helping to establish nursing as a degree of higher education in the United States. The School began offering the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 1955, and was one of the first to launch a “bridge” program in 1986, through which students who hold non-nursing degrees can enter the MSN program without repeating undergraduate classes – thereby permitting an accelerated path to the master's degree. Vanderbilt’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, first conferred in 1935, was restructured into the “bridge” program as one of several innovative entry options. In 1993, Vanderbilt School of Nursing established the PhD in Nursing Science program, leading to nursing research and scholarly activity that has positively impacted health care delivery in a variety of areas. It became part of the Vanderbilt University Medical center in 1984.

VUSN celebrated its Centennial Anniversary during the 2008/2009 academic year.


The school became exclusively a graduate school in 1989 with a mission of educating advanced level nurses. It has established Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs in numerous advanced practice nursing specialty areas. One of the innovative programs of the school is the Bridge program, which admits students from educational backgrounds other than nursing and allows them to complete a course of work leading to an advanced practice nursing degree. The school also offers a PhD in Nursing Science—clinical research or health services research—and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

VUSN offers the following MSN specialty programs:

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing also offers these advanced degree programs:

Teaching Affiliates[edit]

  • Vanderbilt University Hospital
  • Monroe Carell, Jr., Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • The Vanderbilt Clinic
  • Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
  • Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
  • Vanderbilt Sports Medicine
  • Dayani Human Performance Center
  • Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute


  1. ^ "RE:VU: Quick Facts about Vanderbilt". Vanderbilt University News Service. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 

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