DNP Admissions

Entry with an MSN degree requires:

  • APRN certification as either an NP, CNM, CNS or CRNA
  • Or, an MSN in nursing administration or nursing informatics.

Note: Applicants with a master’s degree in nursing education or similar non APRN area must apply to the post-master’s certificate plus DNP program. Vanderbilt also offers post-master’s entry for advanced practice nurses who hold a MSN and wish to add an additional specialty certification as part of their DNP program of studies.


Entry for nurses with a Master’s degree in business, informatics and health degrees other than an MSN, the DNP for Nurse Leaders and informatacists – Systems Focus Option, requires:

  • License as an RN
  • Five years post-master’s leadership experience preferred
  • Business, informatics or healthcare master’s degree (ex. MBA, MPH, MMHC, Biomedical Informatics and MSHA)

Note: The Healthcare Leadership and Informatics Specialty Directors will review the candidate’s portfolio and transcripts to determine specific requirements and design an individualized DNP program of study.

Applicants with a BSN degree can:

  • Make a seamless transition from our advanced practice nursing MSN program into the DNP program.
  • BSN applicants complete the online MSN application (available after September 15, 2014) and indicate their intention to progress directly in to the DNP program after completing MSN degree requirements.
  • Refer to the MSN program information for the details regarding your advanced practice interest area.