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Vermont Tech offers a career ladder progression approach for students to enter and advance in a nursing career. The career ladder approach is provided in a 1+1+2 model which allows for the completion of the Practical Nursing (PN) certificate, followed by the completion of the Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) leading to eligibility for RN licensure, and culminating with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Qualified students may be accepted into Vermont Tech’s Nursing program at any point (pre-PN, ADN, or BSN) and may progress through the bachelor’s degree or may choose to stop after receiving the PN or ADN credentials. If so, students may re-enter the program at a later time.
Vermont Tech also offers an LPN and an RN re-entry program. These programs are provided for LPNs and RNs whose licenses have lapsed and would like to have them reinstated. The LPN and RN re-entry programs update the nurse’s credentials, allowing them eligibility to return to a nursing position upon completion of the program. For further information about these programs, contact the Nursing department.
Nursing is a discipline and a profession, a science and an art grounded in caring that provides holistic care with respect and dignity while promoting the health of society. At Vermont Tech, collaboration among faculty and students encourages a spirit of inquiry, personal growth, and service. Nursing students have the opportunity to progress through a four-year, hands-on curriculum based on a career ladder model. Those students who choose to continue in the second-year Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program participate in practicums in a variety of settings under the supervision of nursing instructors.
The PN and ADN programs are offered at four locations across the state with campuses in Bennington, Brattleboro, Randolph Center, and Williston and at distance education sites in Lyndonville, Middlebury, Newport, St. Albans, Springfield, and White River Junction, which use telepresence technology. The BSN program is offered exclusively online. We're a recognized leader in distance learning and health care simulation, which allows nursing students who practice in small rural communities across the state to experience lifelike medical situations. Our instructional curriculum is offered at distance education sites throughout the state, while the clinical experience takes place at local agencies. We also provide the latest in simulation technology at six high-fidelity simulation labs throughout the state.
Vermont Technical College is pursuing initial accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation. Please read our full press release for more information.
A student with an Associate of Science in Nursing will be able to:
The ADN program articulates with the PN program and requires two further terms of full-time study. The 12 clinical PN credits don't transfer to the ADN program.
Vermont Tech guarantees direct progression from PN to ADN for qualified students. Because of the competitive demand for seats and the limitations of clinical placements in some areas of the state, students may have to continue at a site other than their first choice and must request their first, second, and third site preferences on their Request for Nursing Direct Progression form. Priority goes to students who wish to remain at their PN site, in order of GPA. Once ADN seats are filled at a site, we place students at their next preferences as seats are available. A student whose first preference is an ADN site other than their PN site is considered for that site only after qualified PN students at that site have been offered a seat.
Graduates may apply to take the NCLEX-RN. It's the Vermont State Board of Nursing’s responsibility to determine eligibility to sit for the licensure examination and to issue a license.
ADN students must receive a grade of C+ or better in all NUR courses and a C or better in BIO and PSY courses in order to progress in the program. If a student in the last term of the program doesn't achieve these grades, they aren't allowed to graduate. Grades lower than the required 75 or 77 are reflected on the transcript with the corresponding letter grade, so credits may be awarded for any grade above an F, but the student won’t progress or graduate from the program.
To progress directly from the ADN to the BSN level, a student must:
The associate degree program includes 420 hours of theory and 315 hours of clinical/lab.
Only non-clinical hours/courses count toward GPA.
Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017 National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)
2016 Median Pay (Registered Nurses) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS
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