Vanderbilt University

Nashville-based Vanderbilt University is one of the most sought-after institutions in the nation.  Known for its innovative research programs and projects, the university also has strong ties with the community.  Vanderbilt University awards baccalaureate through doctoral degrees in seven schools including Blair School of Music, School of Engineering, Peabody College (Education and Human Development), Law School, Divinity School, School of Nursing, and Owen Graduate School of Management among others.

Overview of Programs, Certificates, and Degrees

  • 1 online masters degree in nursing program
  • Campus-based masters through post-doctoral programs
  • Flexible and modified scheduling to accommodate busy nurses

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

The nursing school at Vanderbilt University is ranked fifteen in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report.  Though currently only one online course is offered, Vanderbilt University offers many course options and flexible scheduling to accommodate the busy nurses’ needs.  Courses at the MSN level are offered to non-nurses and nurses alike.  For nurses who have already earned their degree without a specialization, post-MSN certifications and paid post-doctoral opportunities are available. Modified block scheduling is available for some courses.  This method utilizes online conferencing, video, and virtual course delivery, in addition to a block of time (usually 5 days including a weekend) to deliver nursing courses.  Doctoral degree programs accept BSN students, and post-doctoral programs are offered for nurses with terminal degree-seeking continuing education opportunities.  The nursing school also offers a wide variety of continuing education courses and options, including conferences, and the ability for nurses to take classes as non-credit for professional development purposes.  The Vanderbilt University nursing program truly offers options for everyone.

Online Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN)

The online Master of Science Degree Program in Health Systems Management trains nurses to provide leadership across a wide variety of nursing settings.  The program prepares nurses for everything from managing a nursing team to making financial and operational decisions. Managed Care Firms, Data Management Firms, and Community-Based Clinics are a few of the places nurses with a Health Systems Management specialization may find employment. Nurses may take a specialization exam in Health Systems Management through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) upon completion of the nursing course. Courses in the program include Management Strategies for Health Care Systems, Health Care Management of Populations, and Advanced Practice Nurse Role within the US Healthcare Delivery System.

Duration and Cost

The program is 39 credits and may be completed in as little as 1 calendar year.  The course may also be completed on a part-time basis.  The estimated course tuition for the program is $42,432.


Faculty at Vanderbilt University are nationally recognized in their field and include a substantial number of male faculty members.

Things to consider:

  • Clinical practica must be completed as part of the program


Vanderbilt University’s MSN degree programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLCAC) and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Vanderbilt University
School of Nursing
Godchaux Hall 207
461 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 3724