Nursing (RN)

School of Nursing and Health Professions

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.

Graduates’ NCLEX pass rates for licensure are higher than the national average. Students in our nursing programs also have high completion rates.

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 also provides the latest in simulation technology at its six simulation labs.

A student 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

The ADN program articulates with the PN program and requires two further semesters of full-time study. The twelve clinical credits earned in the PN program don't transfer to the ADN program. Graduates are prepared to work in a healthcare setting under the supervision of more experienced practitioners.

ADN graduates are awarded an Associate of Science in Nursing and may apply to take the NCLEX for Registered Nurses. The Vermont State Board of Nursing application requires information regarding past history of substance abuse, prior felony convictions, and failure to pay child support or taxes for all graduates. Other states may ask similar questions. It's the Board’s responsibility to determine eligibility to sit for the licensure examination and to issue the license to practice. For more information, please refer to their website.

Vermont Tech guarantees direct progression from the PN to the ADN program for qualified students. Because of the competitive demand for ADN slots and the limitations of clinical ADN placements in some areas of the state, some students may have to continue their nursing studies at a site other than their first choice or the site at which their PN certificate was obtained. A student progressing directly from PN to ADN must request their first, second, and third site preferences on their Nursing Direct Progress form.

Vermont Tech assigns first priority to students requesting to remain at their PN site in order of GPA. Once ADN slots are filled for any site, we try to place students at their next highest preferences if seats are available. A student whose first preference is to attend an ADN site other than their PN site are considered for the preferred site only after qualified PN students at that site have been offered an ADN seat.

A student who wishes to take a semester or more off after completing the PN or ADN program may apply for re-admittance to the program through the regular admissions process, but aren't guaranteed admittance.

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 semester 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:

  • Declare their intent to progress on a Change of Program form no later than March 31 of the year in which they wish to progress
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA throughout the ADN program
  • Obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse during the summer after completing the ADN degree

The associate degree program includes 420 hours of theory and 315 hours of clinical/lab.
Only non-clinical hours/courses count toward GPA.

Careers in Nursing

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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)

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Projected Employment Growth for Registered Nurses, 2014-2024 (source: BLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

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2016 Median Pay (Registered Nurses) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
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  • Buckley HealthCare Center Burlington Health & Rehab
  • Cathedral Square Corp Cedarcrest
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  • The Centers for Living & Rehab Central Vermont Medical Center
  • Centurion of Vermont Champlain OB/GYN
  • CHCRR Pediatrics Maplewood Nursing Home
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  • Coos County Nursing Home Copley Hospital
  • Correct Care Solutions Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • Medical Center David Toll, MD
  • SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus Eagle Eye Farm Rehab
  • Brookdale Fillmore Pond Equinox Terrace
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  • Family Center of Washington County
  • Family Practice of Newport Franklin County
  • Home Health Franklin County Rehab Center
  • Genesis HealthCare Keene Center
  • Mountain View Center Gifford Medical Center
  • Grace Cottage Hospital Grafton County Nursing Home
  • Granite City Primary Care Greensboro Nursing Home
  • Griswold Home Care HCRS
  • Helen Porter Healthcare and Reabilitation Center
  • Hillcrest Commons Nursing Howard Center
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  • Maple Lane Community Nursing Maplewood Nursing Home
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  • Michaud Manor Catholic Diocese of Burlington
  • Moretown Elementary School Mountain View Center
  • Mt. Ascutney Hospital Newport Health Center
  • Newport Healthcare & Rehab North Country Hospital
  • North Country Primary Care Northeast Kingdom
  • Human Services Northeast Regional
  • Correctional Complex SVMC Northshire Campus
  • Northwestern Medical Center NY State Department of Health
  • Our Lady of Providence Pillsbury Manor
  • A Pillsbury Senior Community Pine Heights Nursing Home
  • Pine Knoll Nursing Center Planned Parenthood
  • Porter Medical Center Renaissance Manor on Cabot
  • Rescue, Inc. Revera, Inc.
  • Richmond Family Medicine Rutland Regional
  • Medical Center Rowan Court Health &
  • Rehabilitation Center Saint Albans Health and Rehab
  • Second Springs Shelburne Bay
  • Southeastern Vermont Medical Center
  • Southwestern Medical Center Southwestern Vermont
  • Health Care Springfield Health and Rehab
  • Springfield Hospital St. Albans Healthcare
  • St. Johnsbury Health & Rehab St. Johnsbury Pediatrics
  • Stark-Summit Ambulance Starr Farm Nursing Center
  • Vermont Veterans Home Sterling House
  • Stowe Family Practice Sullivan County Health Care
  • Sunrise Senior Living SW VT Medical Center
  • Sweet Brook Rehab & Nursing The Homestead
  • The Residence at Shelburne Bay The Manor, Inc.
  • TLC Nursing Associates, Inc. Union House Nursing Home Inc
  • University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital
  • White River Junction VA Medical Center
  • Valley Terrace Valley Vista
  • Vermont Veterans Home Vernon Elementary School
  • Vernon Green Nursing Home Visiting Nurse Association
  • UVM Children's Hospital VT Interventional
  • Spine Institute Westview Meadows at Montpelier
  • Williamstown Commons Nursing & Rehab Center
  • SE State Correctional Facility
  • Adult High-Tech Nurse Assistant Camp Nurse
  • Care Coordinator Nursing Office Assistant
  • Certified Surgical Tech II Charge Nurse
  • Clinical Admission Director Community Skills Worker
  • Critical Care Tech Emergency Department Tech
  • Emergency Department RN EMT
  • ER Nurse Graduate Nurse
  • Highteen Nurse Imaging Staff Assistant
  • Lab Technician Labor and Delivery Assistant
  • Licensed Nurse Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Living Provider Medical Secretary
  • Medical Assistant II Medical Preloader
  • Mental Health Worker Mental Health Tech
  • Nurse Informatics Analyst Nurse Manager
  • Office Nurse Operating Room Technician
  • OR Intern Paraeducator
  • Pediatric High Tech LPN Periop Support Tech
  • Personal Care Pharmacy Technician
  • Phelbotomist Private Care Provider
  • Registered Nurse Research Assistant
  • Residential Care Nurse Residential Counselor
  • School Nurse Senior Crisis Counselor
  • Shared-Living Provider SOS Tech
  • Staff Nurse Telemetry Tech
  • Triage Nurse Unit Coordinator
  • Unit Manager Unit Secretary
  • Urology RN Wellness Nurse
  • Xray Technician

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