Vermont Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide
The following guide is designed to provide you with essential information on the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs available in the state of Vermont and online. Students generally have the ability to tailor their degrees by concentrating in specific areas, including nurse administrator, nurse educator, family nurse practitioner, and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. Some traditional brick and mortar universities, like Norwich University, allow students to earn a nursing degree entirely online. Online universities may also provide a flexible alternative to earning a traditional nursing degree.
Vermont School Facts:
- 3 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
- 3 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
- 1 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
- Highest graduation rate: The University of Vermont 76%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate: Southern Vermont College 15%.1
- Highest net price: Norwich University $25,888.1
- Lowest net price: Castleton State College $14,234.1
- Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Vermont with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $21,273 – $35,612.2
- No schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100.
Following are several profiles of the many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Vermont and online.
Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Vermont
The University of Vermont’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepares graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The four-year program combines both general college and nursing coursework. Nursing students begin their first practicum in the sophomore year and will accrue approximately 600 hours of field experience during the course of the nursing program. Students may want to join the on-campus chapter of the National Student Nurses Association or, if academically eligible, Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society for nursing students. Study abroad opportunities are also available in such diverse locations as Uganda, Bali, and Norway.
Southern Vermont College
Southern Vermont College confers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the four-year, 130 credit undergraduate program. In addition to general college requirements, nursing majors must complete such required nursing courses as health assessment, nursing research, statistical methods, and leadership and management for quality healthcare systems. Nursing majors gain hands-on experience in the college’s high-tech simulation and skills laboratory and through practicums. Clinical practicums take place at partner facilities such as Southwestern Vermont Health Care, North Adams Regional Hospital, and Albany Medical Center. The nursing department also offers an RN to BSN program for registered nurses who hold an associate’s degree in nursing.
Master’s in Nursing Programs in Vermont
Norwich University affords graduate students the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) entirely online. Concentrations are offered in nursing education and nursing administration. The 36 credit program generally takes up to two years to complete. All program requirements are completed online. However, students must travel to the campus for a residency, which includes graduation, at the end of the program. All nursing students must complete core coursework in evidence-based practice, theoretical constructs of leadership roles in nursing, and health systems analysis of policy, environment, and structure. Successful candidates must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and an active registered nurse’s license.
Walden University features an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with concentrations in such areas as adult gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, family and leadership, nursing education, and nursing informatics. Program requirements are comprised of three parts: introductory courses, core courses, and specialization courses, the latter of which includes mandatory clinical practicums. Practicums can be completed in the student’s hometown. All graduate students will take foundations for graduate study, essentials of evidence-based practice, interprofessional organizational systems leadership, and transforming nursing and healthcare through technology. Students must complete between 51 and 56 credits depending on the concentration.
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=VT&major=nursing&sort=best