Nursing, A.S.

Earn your Associate of Science in Nursing at Vermont State University and prepare to take your Registered Nursing (RN) licensure exam in just one year. Vermont State’s associate in nursing program is the second year in our unique 1+1+2 track in nursing education. Students who enter this year of the program are already Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and are often working in nursing at the same time. This program allows you to earn a livable wage while working toward RN licensure and the many career opportunities that come with this next level of education. 

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Susan Fredette

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Vermont State offers two tracks to nursing: 

This associate program is Year Two in our unique 1+1+2 track.

Which nursing program is best for you? Visit our Nursing Program information page to learn more.

Please note: Central Vermont Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and beginning Fall 2023 UVM Medical Center, sponsor programs for their employees. Please reach out to Human Resources at these medical centers directly for details. 


Why Study Nursing at Vermont State?

  • Expand your earning potential: Vermont State students land jobs as RNs that bring in a median annual salary of $77,600.*  
  • Work while you learn: Students in this flexible program can — and do — learn while working as LPNs in the field. 
  • State-of-the-art simulation labs: Work in our cutting-edge simulation lab to prepare for clinical internships and develops your bedside skills. Tour the simulation lab. 
  • High NCLEX-RN pass rates: Vermont State’s NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) pass rates for our A.S. in Nursing are higher than the national average.**
  • Seamless progression to your B.S.N.: You’ll be prepared to enter Vermont State’s two-year B.S.N. in Nursing – Online Degree Completion Program while you work as an RN.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

**Vermont Tech Class of 2020

Financial Aid for Nursing Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in nursing to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Many of our clinical affiliates offer tuition assistance for nursing students who agree to work for the facility as an RN after graduation. Several facilities offer additional scholarship programs to help their employees pay for nursing school, including but not limited to:

  • Central Vermont Medical Center
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
  • Rutland Regional Medical Center
  • Southwestern Vermont Health Care
  • University of Vermont Medical Center

We encourage prospective students to reach out to local facilities to learn about available opportunities. Contact for assistance. 

Internships & Jobs in Nursing

As part of Vermont State’s Associate of Science in Nursing, you will transfer classroom and lab learning to real clinical settings. Learning and working under the supervision of nursing instructors, you’ll gain in-person experience and develop your bedside manner for your career as an RN. 

A sample of student clinical locations include:

  • Central Vermont Medical Center
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Keene Medical Center
  • Northwestern Vermont Medical Center
  • Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
  • Rutland Regional Medical Center
  • University of Vermont Medical Center
  • VA Medical Center


This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Accreditation (NLN CNEA) and approved by the Vermont State Board of Nursing. 

Student Stories

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“I can be a parent and a nursing student. I don’t have to choose.” 

Tonah Clairmont, ’17 
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“Through the entire program, you have the opportunity to practice the skills you’re learning on real patients in a clinical setting.” 

Ashley Hemenway, ’16 

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