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Vermont Tech offers a Practical Nursing (PN) certificate program, an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The ADN and PN programs are offered at four locations across the state with campuses in Bennington, Brattleboro, Williston, and Randolph Center. One or both programs are also offered in a distance learning format at several locations around Vermont. The BSN program is offered exclusively online.

The normal number of credits required for the certificate is 47. For the associate degree, the normal number of credits is 70. For the bachelorís degree, itís 50 (120 total).

The PN program extends over two semesters and one summer session. Students learn PN skills through independent study, lectures, demonstrations, and practice in a nursing arts lab. Under instructor supervision, students also provide patient care in a variety of healthcare settings in neighboring healthcare agencies. 

Upon completion of the program, PN graduates are awarded certificates and are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX for Practical Nurses. 

After licensure, PN graduates typically find employment in long-term care, outpatient clinics, physiciansí offices, and other healthcare agencies and work under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist. With experience, they can assume increasing responsibilities in the nursing field.

Students with a Certificate in Practical Nursing will be able to:
  • Employ the nursing process for select clients to maintain, achieve, or regain their optimal level of self-care
  • Integrate knowledge of scientific, behavioral, and cultural principles in the care of clients in a variety of settings
  • Establish collaborative relationships with members of the nursing and health team
  • Maintain confidentiality in a clinical setting and support the use of legal and ethical standards
  • Assume the role of a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Provide care which maximizes the self-care potential of individuals across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Contribute to the development of a teaching plan for the client with an alteration in basic self-care needs
  • Assume responsibility for self-directed, goal-oriented growth 

Certificate in Practical Nursing

First Year

Fall Semester Credits Winter Semester Credits
BIO 1030  Nutrition 3 BIO 2012  Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 2011  Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 NUR 0121  Principles & Practices of Nursing II 4
NUR 0111  Principles & Practices of Nursing I 4 NUR 1010  Pharmacology for Nursing 3
NUR 1020  The Nurse-Client Relationship 3 NUR 1121  Principles & Practices of Nursing II 5
NUR 1111  Principles & Practices of Nursing I 5 PSY 1050  Human Growth & Development 3
  19   19
       
    Spring 2 Semester** Credits
    NUR 0131  Principles & Practices Nursing III 4
    NUR 1131  Principles & Practices of Nursing III 5
      9
The ADN program articulates with the PN program and requires two further semesters of full-time study. The program is selective and rigorous and there is no assurance of admission from the PN program. Additionally, the twelve clinical credits earned in the PN program do not transfer to the ADN program. Vermont Tech also maintains articulation agreements with UVM for their BSN program and with Champlain College for their BS in Healthcare Management. 

ADN graduates are prepared to work in a healthcare setting under the supervision of more experienced practitioners. With experience, they can assume increasing responsibilities and may be responsible for supervising others.

ADN program graduates are awarded an Associate of Science in Nursing and are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX for Registered Nurses. The Vermont State Board of Nursing application requests information regarding past history of substance abuse, prior felony convictions, and failure to pay child support and/or taxes for all graduates. Other states may ask similar questions. It is the Boardís responsibility to determine eligibility to sit for the licensure examination and to issue the license to practice. For more information, please refer to http://vtprofessionals.org/opr1/nurses

Students with an Associate of Science in Nursing will be able to:
  • Evaluate the plan of care to assist clients with complex healthcare needs to maintain, achieve, or regain their optimal level of self-care
  • Select appropriate scientific, behavioral, and cultural principles for the care of clients with complex needs in diverse settings
  • Evaluate interpersonal skills in professional practice
  • Incorporate behaviors consistent with legal and ethical standards of professional practice
  • Assume the role of manager of care within the interdisciplinary team
  • Competently deliver nursing care which maximizes the self-care potential of individuals with complex health needs in diverse settings
  • Evaluate a comprehensive teaching plan to meet the physical and emotional needs of individuals and groups with common and complex healthcare needs Demonstrate accountability for growth as individuals, as members of society, and as professional nurses

Associate Degree in Nursing

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIO 2120  Elements of Microbiology 4 ENG 2080  Technical Communication 3
ENG 10XX  English 3 MAT 1040  Mathematics for Allied Health 2
NUR 2010  Transition/Trends in Nursing 2 NUR 2011  Advanced Pharmacology 1
NUR 2030  Principles & Practices in Nursing IV 3 NUR 2130  Principles & Practices in Nursing V 5
NUR 2040  Principles & Practices in Nursing IV 2 NUR 2140  Principles & Practices in Nursing V 4
ELE XXXX  AH elective 3 PSY 1010  Introduction to Psychology 3
  17   18
BSN students collaborate with clients, the interdisciplinary team, and multiple care providers to establish client-centered goals to optimize wellness outcomes for the individual and community. Students compassionately care for clients, incorporating global appreciation and tolerance, evidence-based practice care, and research. Mentorship is encouraged, and utilization of technology is improved while evolving therapeutic communication techniques. Students learn how to solve ethical dilemmas, promote self-integrity, and benefit the community using the art and science of nursing to help people flourish and find optimal meaning in their lived experiences to promote the healthiest possible community. Graduates will continue to strive for excellence through ongoing engagement in self-directed lifelong learning with participation as an active member of society in their community, becoming leaders and developing their professional identity and ability to work with teams to create innovative or evidence-based solutions to problems.

Students with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing will be able to:
  • Collaborate with clients, the interdisciplinary team, and multiple care providers when planning care to establish client-centered goals to optimize wellness outcomes and evaluate care plan effectiveness for the individual and community
  • Engage applied sciences including scientific, behavioral, psychological, and cultural principles for the care of complex clients that incorporates global appreciation, understanding, and tolerance; additionally, design evidence-based practice care, incorporating and participating in qualitative research to generate theory and/or quantitative research to test theory
  • Distinguish between experimental positivistic empirical approaches and nonexperimental research designs; defining strengths, weaknesses, the importance of rigor and replicable findings; statistical analysis; and threats to validity, such as bias
  • Determine utilization of collaborative relationships with the health team and the community to facilitate communication of team members to enhance care, promote mentorship, and strategize utilization of technology, embracing diversity while evolving therapeutic communication techniques of presencing and dialogical exchange
  • Integrate legal and ethical standards that encompass consideration of potential ethical dilemmas and promote self-integrity as well as consideration of benefit to the community
  • Coordinate and co-lead the interdisciplinary team; advocate for clients by compassionately caring for people and families using the art and science of nursing in theoretically-based practice
  • Help people flourish and find optimal meaning in their lived experiences; demonstrate sound nursing judgement; utilize critical thinking, develop scholarship, and ascertain how to promote the healthiest possible community
  • Maximize patient-centered care by co-creating health with clients, empowering people, facilitating comfort, and incorporating health promotion by synthesizing integration of the simultaneity and totality paradigm
  • Design a holistic teaching plan with understanding of the person, health, environment, and nursing
  • Continually strive for excellence through ongoing engagement in self-directed lifelong learning with participation as an active member of society in their community; working with or becoming leaders; and developing their professional identity and ability to work with teams to create innovative or evidence-based solutions to problems

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

Third Year

Fall SemesterCreditsWinter SemesterCredits
MAT 2021  Statistics3NUR 3210  Health Care Systems3
NUR 3100  RN to BSN: Online Transition1PSY 3070  Abnormal Psychology3
NUR 3110  Nursing Informatics3SOC XXXX  Sociology elective3
NUR 3140  Pathophysiology & Assessment4Select one:
NUR 3120  Palliative & End-of-Life Care2NUR 4011  Teaching/Learning in Healthcare3
 13NUR 4012  Health Promotion Across Lifespan3
12

Fourth Year

Fall SemesterCreditsWinter SemesterCredits
HUM 2020  Bioethics3HUM 4010  East & West Holistic Healing3
NUR 4110  Research/Evidence-based Practice4NUR 4210  Global/Population-based Health3
NUR 4120  Guided Research1NUR 4410  Community Health6
NUR 4130  Nursing Leadership & Management6
12

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**PN students may not enroll in spring or summer courses until after Spring2 courses are complete (see VSC Enrollment Consortium Agreement).

Note: All BIO courses and PSY 1050 must be completed with a grade of C or better; NUR courses must be completed with a grade of C+ or better to continue in the program; only 35 credits from the PN program will count toward cumulative credits. Only non-clinical hours/courses count toward GPA.

The certificate program includes 495 hours of theory and 630 hours of clinical/lab; the associate degree program includes 420 hours of theory and 315 hours of clinical/lab. 

Any student who fails to receive a passing grade in the clinical and/or didactic portion of their final semester Nursing and/or Allied Health course is considered to have failed the program and is not eligible to participate in commencement activities.