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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.

Nursing Program Stats

  • 1 college offers an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 5 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 2 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2017 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs: University of Vermont (#97, MSN; DNP not ranked).

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate: University of Vermont 77%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Castleton University 33%.1
  • Highest net price: Norwich University $26,733.1
  • Lowest net price: Castleton University $15,826.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Vermont with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $16,168 – $27,429.2

Read below to find out more about the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Vermont and online.

NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in Vermont

The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit Vermont nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the Vermont Board of Nursing (https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/list-of-professions/nursing.aspx).

SchoolADN or LVN ProgramBSN ProgramGraduate Nursing ProgramACEN/CCNE Accredited*NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate**Number TakingNCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate***Number TakingNet Price**
Castleton UniversityNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/AN/AN/A$15,826
Norwich UniversityNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/AN/AN/A$26,733
Southern Vermont CollegeNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/A92%N/A$19,984
University of VermontNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A92%N/A$17,297
Vermont Technical CollegeYesNoNoACEN94%N/A85%N/A$17,897

*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.4,5
**NCLEX-PN pass rates are for first-time undergraduates.6,7,8 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates.6,7,8 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).

Schools in Vermont with Nursing Degrees

Associate’s in Nursing Programs

Vermont Technical College
Vermont Technical College (VTC) offers a career ladder nursing program that progresses from a practical nursing certificate to an associate of science in nursing (ADN), culminating in a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Students may exit the program at the associate degree level and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam for registered nurse licensure, though students are strongly encouraged to complete the additional two years required to complete the BSN. Students may complete the ADN requirements on ten of VTC’s campuses. The BSN program can be completed entirely online once the ADN is earned. VTC’s nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs

University of 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

Norwich University
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.

University of Vermont
The University of Vermont’s Department of Nursing offers two master’s-level degrees: a Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader and an Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader. The MSN-Clinical Nurse Leader degree is offered for working RNs who want to attend part-time for a total of three and a half years. The program consists of 38.5 credits and requires 420 clinical hours to complete, with the final summer term being a clinical practicum. UV’s Accelerated Master’s Degree Program (AMP) allows students to receive a BSN and an MSN in only six years of study. Graduates are prepared to sit for the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) CNL certification examination. 38.5 credits are required to complete the program, along with an oral comprehensive exam.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
3. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges/
4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
5. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): https://directory.ccnecommunity.org/reports/accprog.asp
6. Southern Vermont College: https://svc.edu/academics/division-of-nursing-and-health-services/nursing/
7. University of Vermont: https://www.uvm.edu/cnhs/nursing/nursing_bs
8. Vermont Technical College: https://www.vtc.edu/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/PDFs/Nursing/NCLEX%20Nursing%20for%20Website%20April%202016.pdf