Nursing, M.S.N.

Vermont State University is committed to providing a high-quality, affordable M.S.N. to students across Vermont and beyond. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Many clinical affiliates offer tuition assistance for students who agree to work for the facility as an LPN or RN after graduation. Several facilities offer additional scholarship programs to help their employees pay for nursing school including, but not limited to, Southwestern Vermont Health Care, Central Vermont Medical Center, The University of Vermont Medical Center, and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. We encourage prospective students to reach out to local facilities to learn about available opportunities.

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Rachel Smith

Assistant Director of Admissions


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Helen Papeika

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


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Why Study Nursing at Vermont State?

  • Go at Your Own Pace: Enroll at any time during the year for our eight-week modules, then proceed at your own pace, focusing on one course at a time. You could finish the program in just 24 months. 
  • Clinical Flexibility: Complete your necessary clinical hours within your community, perhaps even while working your current job. Our clinical coordinator is committed to assisting you with finding the right placement. 
  • Faculty Relationships: Benefit from intimate class sizes and readily available professors to foster the meaningful connections crucial to your success. 
  • Certification Preparation: Our Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) concentration qualifies you to sit for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) certification examination for CNLs. 
  • Earning Potential: Glassdoor estimates that the total annual pay for a clinical nurse leader (CNL) is $98,000 and $80,000 for a certified nurse educator (CNE). 
  • Affordability: The MSN at Vermont State has an affordable per-credit tuition rate — and because our program is flexible and online, you can continue working and earning as you complete your graduate degree. You may also be eligible for graduate financial aid. 

Concentrations in Nursing, M.S.N.

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Sample Courses

  • Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion 
  • Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Advanced Practice 
  • Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion-Seminar 
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Research in Healthcare 
  • Healthcare Informatics 
  • Leading Organizational Change 
  • Risk & Financial Management 
  • The Nurse Educator Role 
  • Transitions to the Advanced Practice Role 

Meet Our Faculty

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

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Assistant Professor

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Senior Staff Assistant

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