Admissions

Application Deadlines

Vermont Tech has a policy of rolling admission for most majors. We process applications throughout the year until we determine that we have filled each semester’s class and may close admission once the class is filled. Applicants are notified promptly of their admission status after a review of their complete file.

Admission to some programs is exceptionally competitive. Deadlines for application to these programs are below. After the initial round of reviews, complete files are reviewed on a rolling admission, space-available basis.

 

Dental Hygiene

December 1

Practical Nursing

December 1

Radiologic Science

December 1

Veterinary Technology

December 1

Associate Degree Nursing

March 15

VAST

May 1

Standardized Testing

All first-year student applicants must take either the SAT I, ACT, or Accuplacer. Applicants already out of high school may be required to take Accuplacer.

The College Entrance Examination Board code for Vermont Tech is 3941. The ACT code number is 4323.

Applicant Requirements

All applicants should submit a completed application with the application fee and a personal statement between 250 and 500 words discussing why they're pursuing a degree at Vermont Tech or another topic of their choice. VAST applicants should submit an essay in lieu of the personal statement. Other requirements are listed below.

First-Year

  • Official high school transcript with at least the first marking period grades of the senior year or official scores from a high school equivalency exam (GED)

  • SAT I, ACT, or Accuplacer results

Transfer

  • Official high school transcript or official scores from a high school equivalency exam (GED)

  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended

  • Official transcripts from any other VSCS school attended prior to summer 2002

If an applicant attended another VSCS school prior to summer 2002 or any college outside the VSCS, Vermont Tech requires official transcripts. These should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the college at the time of application. Transcript evaluations are available upon request.

Credit for applicable college courses completed may be granted for those courses taken at a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C- or better or C for any science course completed in the last ten years that's required for Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Radiologic Science, or Respiratory Therapy. Transferred grades aren't computed into a student’s GPA. Courses taken at an accredited institution on a pass/fail basis may be transferred. Vermont Tech may require the student to obtain a grade equivalent in the course. Exams may be required to show competence in subject material.

Vermont Tech is the final judge as to what transfer credit it accepts depending upon factors such as the student’s academic record, the institution attended, and the program selected.
Earned VSCS credits are transferable to other institutions at their discretion.

Healthcare Professions

  • Indication of first choice nursing location

  • Official high school transcript or official scores from a high school equivalency exam (GED)

  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended

  • SAT I or ACT results, if available

  • Vermont Tech placement test scores

  • Two letters of recommendation dated within the past six months and submitted directly to Admissions. Letters should address work ethic, communication skills, potential for adaptation to a fast-paced clinical environment, and potential to competently and compassionately deliver healthcare to patients across the lifespan.
Letters from family members or friends can't be accepted.

  • Current Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR certification (Nursing & Paramedicine)

All Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Radiologic Science, and Respiratory Therapy students are required to pass a background check prior to June 1 (see policy below).

Additional Requirements for Dental Hygiene

Accepted Dental Hygiene students must complete a four-hour observation in a dental office.

Additional Requirements for Nursing, Associate Degree

  • An unencumbered PN license

  • Vermont Tech PN graduates must have transferable credits in Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits), Nutrition (3 credits), and Human Growth & Development (3 credits) and a GPA of at least 3.0 in PN coursework (BIO 2120, ENG 1061, MAT 1040, PSY 1010, or an approved AH elective may be taken after graduation to improve GPA)

  • Graduates of a non-college PN program must submit a program transcript

  • Current PN students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 each semester and proof of passing the PN NCLEX

  • At least one letter of recommendation must be from someone in the nursing field

PN students attempting to complete courses for the ADN program may not enroll in spring or summer courses at any VSCS institution until their spring2 term is complete.

Additional Requirements for Nursing, Bachelor’s Degree

  • An unencumbered RN license

For non-VTC applicants, see Program Prerequisites.

Additional Requirements for Paramedicine Certificate

  • Valid EMT license

  • Letters of reference should be from ALS providers familiar with the applicant's character, abilities, and capability to succeed

Additional Requirements for Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy applicants must have 8 transferable credits in Anatomy & Physiology.

Nursing Direct Progression Policy

Qualified accepted PN or ADN students may progress directly to the next level nursing program at Vermont Tech without reapplying. See the Nursing pages for more information.

Nursing Policy for Criminal Background Checks & Drug Screening

To ensure the safety of all patients under the care of Vermont Tech nursing students and all faculty and students, all nursing students must have criminal background checks (CBCs) which include FBI fingerprinting. A CBC must be completed and reviewed prior to the first day of class. In the event that the student is admitted late, the CBC must be completed and reviewed prior to any clinical experience. Any student who fails to comply with this process is dropped from the program. The school uses the CBC for screening purposes and to secure clinical placements. In the event that there are positive findings (either convictions on the CBC or positive drug screen results at the sites that require them), the Associate Dean of Nursing and a member of the administration review all provided documentation and meet with the student to determine enrollment status. The student must provide a written explanation of all convictions and positive drug screens prior to this meeting. Court documents must be provided that detail the disposition of the case. Failure to do so results in dismissal from the program.

The student must report any convictions that occur after the CBC while enrolled in school.

A third-party vendor conducts the CBC and drug screens and maintains the records. Accepted students receive instructions on when and where to complete the CBC.

International

  • Official secondary school and college/university transcripts (if applicable) with course-by-course evaluation by an international transcript evaluator

  • Testing: official TOEFL score (if English isn't the first language) with a minimum score of 500 for paper, 173 for computer, or 61 for internet. IELTS with a recommended minimum score of 5.5 for engineering, health professions, and aviation and a minimum score of 5 for business, computer, construction, and plant or animal sciences. Pearson with a recommended score of 44 or higher

  • Official financial statement on bank letterhead indicating ability to pay one full year of tuition, room, and board.

  • A copy of the passport information page with complete name, date of birth, and countries of birth and citizenship

We encourage international students to apply between November and April due to the lengthy visa process. Upon acceptance, international students must submit a $300 deposit before we issue an I-20. The deposit is credited to the fall semester bill.

Graduate

  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended

  • GRE results

VAST

  • Official high school transcript with at least the first marking period grades of the junior year or a home school plan

  • PSAT, SAT I, or ACT results

  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a teacher, one from a school counselor or principal)

  • Personal interview

  • College-administered placement test

  • Essay that addresses: what do you envision yourself doing ten years from now? How do you think attending the Academy will help you reach these goals? What can you contribute to the Vermont Tech community? A significant event in your life and how it has affected you

Entry into VAST is competitive. Applicants should have a strong academic transcript and one of three standardized tests with scores in the following ranges:

  • PSAT/SAT scores of 500 for each subsection

  • ACT scores of 21 for each subsection

VAST is recognized as an approved independent high school and awards diplomas. Because the state allows VAST students to transfer credits back to their sending high schools, students may receive a second high school diploma from that school.

A Vermont student’s general state support grant may be used to cover VAST tuition. Vermont Tech provides financial aid to residents for any gap between the state grant and tuition, enabling Vermonters to attend VAST tuition-free. Other fees are the student's responsibility.

Acceptance decisions are made by May 15. Available seats are filled on a rolling basis.

A student is eligible for a VAST diploma when they have a minimum of 2.0 GPA and meet the minimum number of credits as required by the state of Vermont.

VAST students must adhere to all policies and procedures outlined in the student handbook.

Upon completion of the program, students may remain at Vermont Tech to complete a degree.

Program Prerequisites

For a complete list of program prerequisites and recommendations, review this PDF.

Advance Standing

Vermont Tech may grant advance standing in a degree program by transfer of courses from other accredited post-secondary institutions; advance placement or challenge exams; recognized equivalent military courses; or previous relevant experience.

Consideration of experience for credit is initiated by receipt of a completed academic portfolio by the Department Chair via the Office of Academic Affairs. If approved, the portfolio is forwarded to the Registrar with signatures of approval from the Department Chair, the credit-granting department, and the Academic Dean. The college may require a challenge exam.

Advance standing toward a degree program is subject to the following restrictions:

  • No more than 50% of the total required credits may be obtained by advanced standing for an associate degree or the +2 portion of a bachelor’s degree

  • No more than 50% of the total major technical course credits in an academic program may be obtained by advanced standing.

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment programs allow a student to take college courses while still in high school. Programs may be found at the home high school, a regional technical center, or a college campus.

Placement Testing

Some applicants may require placement tests in English and mathematics. Test results are used for course placement and admission purposes. If a student’s skills are below minimum levels, they must take developmental courses in appropriate areas. This results in additional coursework and longer overall enrollment. A student has the right to retest one time if they're dissatisfied with their original score.

A student who has completed a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited US college or university or has met the English and mathematics program requirements may be exempted.

Deposits

Accepted students must remit a tuition deposit of $200 by May 1 for the fall or December 15 for the spring. After these dates, we accept deposits on a space-available basis. The tuition deposit is credited toward the first semester’s bill and is non-refundable after May 1.

If a student intends to live on campus, a $100 room deposit must be paid by May 1 (or within two weeks if accepted after May 1) with a completed Housing Contract. For returning students, room deposits are due in early April. Deposits are non-refundable after May 1. Housing deposits are placed in a holding account until the end of the spring semester, at which time they're placed on a student’s account and go toward any dorm damage fines that may be incurred. Any amount not used is refunded to the student at the end of May. If a balance remains on the student's account, the deposit is applied to the balance.

Vermont Residency

For Determination of In-State Residency for Tuition Purposes, see Policy 301.

Vermont Tech participates in the Regional Student Program (RSP) of the New England Board of Higher Education. Under this agreement, students from New England states pay 150% of the in-state tuition when they enter an eligible program under the RSP pact. A program not generally eligible because it's also offered in a student’s home state may be eligible if the student’s legal residence is closer to Vermont Tech than to the home state institution. State eligibility is subject to change without notice. There is a full list of eligible states and majors for both RSP and the Good Neighbor Policy here.

Readmission & Reactivation

You may apply for reactivation if:

  • You've been a matriculated student within the last three years but haven't attended Vermont Tech for a year or more

  • You're a previously matriculated student who left while on probation or were academically dismissed within the last three years

You may apply for readmission if:

  • You're a previously matriculated student in Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Therapy, or Veterinary Technology and have been absent from the program for any length of time

  • You applied within the previous two years but didn't matriculate (updated supporting documents may be requested)

To apply for reactivation or readmission, the applicant must complete a Readmission Application. Completion of this application doesn’t guarantee admission. Contact Admissions for more information and to determine eligibility.

A student who attended Vermont Tech within the last year doesn’t need to apply for readmission. They may contact their advisor or the Registrar’s Office for re-enrollment.

Nursing Re-entry

See the Nursing Student Handbook.

Respiratory Therapy Re-entry

If an applicant wants to re-enter the Respiratory Therapy program after one semester, they must perform a demonstration of all skills learned in the appropriate labs and clinical courses from the year before prior to re-entry. If the applicant is unable to perform these skills satisfactorily, they aren't readmitted to the program. Students who have been out of the program for more than a semester must repeat all RSP courses in the program curriculum.

Non-Degree Students

A student who wishes to enroll in courses but not a degree program must meet all of the prerequisites for the courses and is subject to the same academic regulations and standards as a degree student.

Registration for courses is subject to availability, with initial priority given to degree students. Non-degree students register for classes through the Registrar. There's no online registration for non-degree students nor are they eligible for federal financial aid.