Nursing, B.S.N.

If you're considering a career in nursing, a B.S.N. is quickly becoming a new minimum requirement for many nursing jobs. A bachelor's degree in nursing helps you earn higher salaries, positions you for leadership roles and greater responsibility, and allows you to pursue graduate degrees. As a student in this long-running nursing program, you'll benefit from our faculty's depth of experience, small class sizes, and more than 600 hours of clinical training. You will build strong clinical judgment and reasoning skills for direct patient care by working with patients directly.

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Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Vermont State University offers two tracks to nursing: 

  • This Four-Year B.S.N.: Our traditional, four-year B.S.N. program has been carefully designed to provide you with hands-on learning experiences in our nursing simulation centers and clinical affiliate sites in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York.
  • 1+1+2: Earn your Practical Nursing Certificate in Year One, then your A.S. in Nursing in Year Two, then your B.S.N. in Nursing online in Years Three and Four. This program is designed for students who are already working in the nursing field and require a flexible schedule.

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

Why Study Nursing at Vermont State?

  • Expand your career options: According to a 2019 survey by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 82% of employers “expressed a strong preference for a bachelor’s degree.” Your B.S.N. will open doors to clinical leadership positions and graduate school, too. 
  • Gain direct clinical experience: Learn hands-on in our nursing simulation centers and log more than 600 hours of clinical experience with our medical center affiliates. We help you find placement with our extensive network. 
  • Work with top clinical affiliates: Gain clinical experience with top medical centers across the region, including Rutland Regional Medical, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), University of Vermont Medical Center, and others.  
  • Qualify for an advanced nursing degree: Your B.S.N. will qualify you to pursue a nursing graduate degree such as our Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.P.N.).

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

Student Stories

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“I don’t believe I could have found this experience anywhere else. It was a one-of-a-kind adventure, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. A lot of people go through their whole life not really knowing who they are or what they want. I found all my answers here, and I am extremely thankful for that.” 

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Meet Our Faculty

Assistant Professor

  • Castleton Campus

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Co-chair Department of Nursing, Assistant Professor of Nursing, MSN Program Coordinator

  • Castleton Campus

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Senior Staff Assistant

  • Castleton Campus

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Assistant Professor of Nursing

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