Medicine, Education, Law, and Nursing-Vanderbilt's Academic Claim to Fame
One of Most Prestigious Universities in the Southeast
Vanderbilt University, outside Nashville, Tennessee is one of the leading, private research universities in the U.S. Founded in 1873 by Cornelius Vanderbilt, a railroad baron, the university is regarded as one of the most beautiful. Since its founding the grounds have continued to be planted with specimen botanicals fine enough to garner the institution a listing as one of the nation's notable aboretums, and part of the original campus is on the list of National Historic Landmarks.
Academics at Vanderbilt are dispersed among 10 colleges and schools: Medical School, Law School, Divinity School, Peabody College, School of Nursing, Blair School of Music, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, and the Owen Graduate School of Management. Students from all over the country-about half from the South-earn undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degrees. Collectively, the student body exceeds 11,000-over 6,000 undergrads and over 5,000 grad students, at any one time. Over 3,000 degrees are conferred annually.
A number of Nobel Laureates are among Vanderbilt's alumni. This prestigious school has earned accolades from media and educational sources and consistently ranks among "the best" for law, medical research, nursing, and education.
School of Nursing
Vanderbilt's School of Nursing has provided top-notch education for nurses since its inception in the early 1900s. Up until 1989, the school offered both undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees, but dropped the baccalaureate program in favor of curriculums that delivered highly targeted Masters level and post-graduate nursing specialties. The School of Nursing now has a wide variety of very granular graduate specialties, including Nurse Practitioner programs in Women's Health, Gerontology, Neonatal, and Adult; Forensic Nursing, Nurse Midwife, Nursing Informatics, and Clinical Management. A Ph.D. in Nursing Science is also offered.
Online Nursing Programs
The School of Nursing has earned higher acclaim for its development of an online Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program that supports those nurses that may have work and family responsibilities, but value the opportunity to study in an online paradigm and with curriculum delivered through Vanderbilt. The online MSN offers two tracks: Health Systems Management and Clinical Research Management. Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, these programs underscore the growing interest in nurses with advanced degrees in leadership and administration.
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