Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs at Vermont State

When you enroll in a nursing program at Vermont State, you’ll be part of a learning community that’s passionate about healthcare. Here, you will work with faculty and fellow students who share the same goal: to help improve health and enrich lives throughout their communities.

Vermont State’s Nursing degree and certificate programs prepare you for fantastic in-demand jobs right from graduation. You’ll gain in-depth clinical experience in simulation labs and with real patients in clinic and hospital settings. And, with our 100% job placement rate, you’ll be able to start work in the nursing field right away.

Nursing Programs We Offer

Two Tracks to a B.S.N. in Nursing

1+1+2 Approach

Designed for students seeking to enter the field quickly as well as people already working in the field of nursing, you gain credentials as you go and complete your B.S.N. as your work schedule allows, taking as long as you need.

The 1+1+2 model includes:

  • Year One: You’ll earn your Practical Nursing (P.N.) certificate at the Vermont State Randolph campus and at learning sites around the state. This program prepares you to take the exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  
  • Year Two: You’ll earn your Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) at the Vermont State Randolph campus and at learning sites around the state. This program prepares you to take the exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN). 
  • Years Three and Four: You’ll complete our two-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Online Degree program, completing the 1+1+2 program track.

You can apply to enter Vermont State’s 1+1+2 nursing program at any point in your career, whether you’re new to nursing or already an LPN or RN. You can also choose to stop the program after receiving your P.N. or A.D.N. credentials. You can also decide re-enter for the next step of the program at a later time.

Traditional Four-Year Approach

Designed for students who are new to nursing, you will embark on our four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program based on the Castleton campus right from the start. 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.

This program prepares you for the exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN), but gives you an additional, sought-after credential at the same time. A bachelor’s degree in nursing (B.S.N.) helps you earn higher salaries, positions you for leadership roles and greater responsibility, and allows you to pursue graduate degrees. 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.”

Earning a B.S.N. through either of these program tracks will prepare you to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree after earning your RN licensure.

Why Choose the Nursing Program at Vermont State?

  • Highly ranked programs: Our B.S.N. Online program was ranked #5 out of 500 in the nation for Best Online RN to BSN Programs by RegisteredNursing.org.* And our traditional B.S.N. program is one of the longest-standing and most respected nursing programs in Vermont.
  • 100% placement rate: 100% of Vermont State B.S.N. students work in the field (or pursue higher education) within six months of graduation.
  • Easy advancement to your next step: All of our Nursing programs will qualify you for the next level of nursing education, whether that’s an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. Vermont State makes it easy for you to transition to more advanced programs. We also offer a graduate-level M.S.N. program.
  • High pass rates: Our students have high pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX Exam). Most of our pass rates are much higher than the national average and some programs have a 100% pass rate.
  • 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. 
  • 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.  

Registerednursing.org “Best Online RN to BSN Programs in 2022”

Clinical Affiliates

At Vermont State, you’ll gain leading-edge skills for nursing jobs through clinical experiences, career coaching, and more. Placements with our clinical affiliates are guaranteed to grow your professional network. Some of our affiliates include:

Acute Care

  • Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC), Rutland, VT
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), Lebanon, NH
  • University of Vermont Medical Center (UVM-MC), Burlington, VT
  • Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), Bennington, VT

Long-Term Care

  • Genesis Mountain View Center (Genesis), Rutland, VT
  • Rutland Health and Rehabilitation Center (RHH), Rutland, VT

Community Health

  • Vermont Department of Health
  • Local elementary and high schools
  • Doctor’s offices or clinics
  • Senior residential centers
  • Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Southwest Region
  • Bayada Home Healthcare
  • Addiction and recovery centers
  • Outpatient diabetic centers

Career Outcomes

100% of Vermont State B.S.N. students work in the field (or pursue higher education) within six months of graduation.

Sample Employers

  • Affiliates in OB/GYN
  • VNA & Hospice of SVHC
  • Berlin Health & Rehab Center
  • Kindred Care-Birchwood Terrace
  • Brattleboro Memorial Hospital
  • Brattleboro Retreat
  • Central Vermont Medical Center
  • Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility
  • Copley Hospital
  • Correct Care Solutions
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Richmond Family Medicine
  • Rutland Regional Medical Center
  • Rowan Court Health & Rehabilitation Center
  • Saint Albans Health and Rehab

Sample Job Titles

  • Charge Nurse
  • Clinical Admission Director
  • EMT
  • ER Nurse
  • Lab Technician
  • Labor and Delivery Assistant
  • Licensed Nurse Assistant
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Operating Room Technician
  • OR Intern
  • Personal Care
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Private Care Provider
  • Registered Nurse

Financial Aid

Vermont State University is providing high-quality, affordable degrees 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.

Many of our clinical affiliates offer tuition assistance for nursing 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:

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

We encourage you to reach out to your local facilities to learn about available opportunities. You can also contact Admissions@VermontState.edu for assistance. 

Accreditation 

The B.S.N. programs at Vermont State are accredited by the Commission on College Nursing Education and approved by the Vermont State Board of Nursing.

Student Stories

A black and white photo of a dark haired woman wearing scrubs and a stethoscope with her arms crossed smiling at the camera.

“I love nursing. It has helped me be a better mother, a better wife, and a better person. I think I get as much out of caring for my patients as they do, and that feeling is tough to beat!”

Patricia Dudley, ’16
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“Vermont Tech makes it so that I can be a parent and a nursing student. I don’t have to choose.” 

Tonah Clairmont ‘17