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The Vanderbilt DNP Experience

Vanderbilt’s DNP program is built upon our 100+ year history of innovation in nursing education and is tailored to your nursing educational background whether it is in clinical practice, health systems or informatics.

• Applicants (CNS, CNM, CRNA or NP) who enter with an MSN and applicants with an MSN in health systems management or nursing informatics complete 35 semester credit hours. DNP requirements can be completed in either 4 semesters of full time study or six semesters of part-time study.
• APRN applicants may also choose to add an additional advanced practice certification to the regular DNP course of study. Doing so typically adds an extra two to three semesters to the program of study.
• Applicants with a Master of Nursing Education or Clinical Nurse Leader must earn a post-master’s certificate in an advanced practice specialty in conjunction with the DNP which will add an additional two or three semesters to the program of study.

The DNP program is fully accredited by the ACEN and meets recommendations of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.



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