The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) is a private graduate school located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is one of the graduate schools of the renowned Vanderbilt University and is aligned with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Historically, it is one of the first five schools to receive funding from the Rockefeller Foundation for the implementation of the Goldmark Report of 1923. The founding of VUSN in 1906 helped to establish the field of nursing as a degree of higher education in the United States. In 2009, VUSN celebrated its Centennial Anniversary.
Today, VUSN is exclusively a graduate school, a status it has established for itself since 1989. Its main mission is to educate and train advanced level nurses by offering them Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs in various advanced practice nursing specialty areas like Acute Care Nurse Practitioner; Adult Nurse Practitioner; Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner; Emergency Nurse Practitioner; and many more. In addition to the Master of Science in Nursing degree, VUSN also offers Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics; PhD in Nursing Science; Doctor of Nursing Practice; Post-Master’s Certificates and a two-year Postdoctoral Program.
Online VUSN offers the MSN Health Systems Management degree which aims to prepare nurses and other health care professionals in the advancement of their careers.
Another innovative program introduced by VUSN is the Bridge Program which allows students with educational backgrounds other than nursing to complete a course leading to an advanced practice nursing degree.
Cost of tuition for fulltime study for three semesters is US$1,051 per credit hour. Financial aid is available for both fulltime and part-time students.
The U.S. News & World Report ranks VUSN along with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as among the top 20.