Vermont is a Northeastern state noted for natural beauty and quiet lifestyle in the middle of an urban setting. The state has a more relaxed pace of life compared with its neighbors such as Massachusetts and New York. The laid-back life in the state also feels the crunch of nursing shortage although less compared with the rest of the country. However, the need for more nurses is projected to grow in the coming years because of the health care reforms and the aging population.
The shortage of nurses in Vermont was temporarily eased when older nurses postponed their retirement during the period of economic recession. The economic recovery that followed the recession made the nurses who postponed retirement to start considering it again, hence the great possibility of a big nursing shortage. To prevent such situation from occurring, the state government has encouraged students to take up nursing programs. Funding opportunities were provided Vermont nursing students through the Rebekah Assembly of Vermont Nursing Scholarship and the Freeman Nurse Scholarships, the Vermont Student Assistance Corp., and the state-funded Nursing Educational Loan Repayment Program.
High school graduates and non-nursing degree holders who want to enter the nursing profession have a wide range of choices for nursing schools. There are colleges and universities all over the state that offer students different nursing programs – from a one-year certificate program to undergraduate four-year degree programs and nursing programs in the graduate and post-graduate levels. The best nursing schools in Vermont include the following:
1. University of Vermont
The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, popularly known simply as the University of Vermont, is a public research university in Burlington, Vermont. The university is one of the “Public Ivies”, publicly-funded universities that provide quality education comparable with the universities belonging to the Ivy League. It is one of the oldest universities in the United States, having been founded in 1791.
The University of Vermont started as private university but merged in 1865 with the Vermont Agricultural College to be the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College. The university is comprised of seven schools offering undergraduate degrees, an honors college, a college of medicine, and a college for graduate studies.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
There are four departments comprising the College of Nursing and Health Sciences: the Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences, the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the Department of Nursing.
The Department of Nursing offers nursing programs that view the nursing profession as a humanistic and holistic discipline that is both an art and a science. The Department provides hands-on learning experience, a comprehensive and innovative curriculum, and an outstanding faculty that coupled with a state-of-the-art research facility produces topnotch nurses to serve the state and the country.
The Department of Nursing offers the following nursing programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader
- Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Practitioner
- Post Master’s Certificate
- Direct Entry Program in Nursing
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.
The nursing programs offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
For information and scholarship opportunities, please contact:
UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
002 Rowell Building
106 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
Phone: (802) 656-3858
2. Southern Vermont College
Southern Vermont College is private liberal arts college located at Bennington, Vermont near the state’s border with New York and Massachusetts. It was established in 1926 as the St. Joseph Business School that offers certificates of proficiency in finance, shorthand and typewriting, and secretarial accounting. It became the St. Joseph College, an accredited junior college in 1962 that grants associate degrees in secretarial science and business. It moved to its current location in 1974 and became the Southern Vermont College. It is a non-sectarian liberal arts college that grants bachelor’s degrees as authorized by the Vermont Department of Education. It has full accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The Southern Vermont College offers 15 academic degree programs in its five academic divisions: The McCormick Division of Business, the Hunter Division of Humanities, the John Merck Division of Science and Technology, the Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences, and the Division of Nursing.
Division of Nursing
The Division of Nursing offers the academic degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with two tracks: the Pre-Licensure BSN tract for individuals who aspire for a BSN degree and after graduation take the NCLEX-RN examination, and the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing track for RNs who wish to continue their education and obtain a BSN degree.
The baccalaureate nursing programs at the Southern Vermont College Division of Nursing are approved by the Vermont Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
For information about nursing programs at Southern Vermont College, please contact:
Mary L. Botter, Ph.D., RN
Chair, SVC Nursing Department
3. Norwich University
Norwich University – The Military College of Vermont is the oldest private military college in the country. It is located at Northfield, Vermont. It was established as the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy in 1819 at Norwich, Vermont. The university has a mixed enrollment of civilian students and a Corps of Cadets.
Norwich University is composed of six academic divisions that offer 29 majors.
School of Nursing
Norwich University’s nursing program aims to provide education to qualified nurses who will serve communities in promoting health and managing diseases. Nursing students are challenged to respond to the complexities of the health care system so that they will be able to optimize quality and value in providing patient care. The Department of Nursing maintains clinical affiliation with the University of Vermont’s Fletcher Allen Medical Center and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
The Department of Nursing offers a four-year degree program leading to Bachelor of Science in Nursing with the eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.
ROTC nursing students work for their summer internships at U.S. Army and Navy hospitals around the world.
Information about nursing programs at Norwich University may be obtained from:
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Telephone: 802-485-2000; 800-468-6679
4. Castleton State College
Castleton State College is a public liberal arts college in Castleton, Vermont. The school, with 2,000 enrollees, offers more than 30 programs in both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Castleton State College is accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Universities.
Castleton State College started as the Rutland County Grammar School that got its charter on October 15, 1787 from the Vermont General Assembly. It had several name changes that included Castleton Academy, Castleton Academy and Female Seminary, Castleton Seminary, and Vermont Classical High School. The school became the State Normal School at Castleton in 1867. It became the Castleton Teachers College in 1947 and finally in 1962, it became the Vermont State College.
Castleton State College offers three nursing degrees:
- A two-year associate degree program
- A four-year Bachelor’s degree program
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
The Bachelor’s degree program in nursing have two streams: a four-year degree program for high school graduates and a two-year BSN program for nurses who hold a Registered Nurse licensure.
For information about the nursing programs, please contact:
Castleton State College
86 Seminary Drive
Castleton, VT 05735
5. Vermont Technical College
Vermont Technical College is a public technical college with campuses located in Williston and Randolph Center in Vermont. The college also maintains nursing campuses in different locations throughout Vermont. Vermont Technical College is a member of the consortium of the state’s five public colleges – The Vermont State Colleges. Vermont Technical College enrolls almost 1,500 students.
Vermont Technical College offers academic programs that cater to the demands of the state and the region. It offers programs in the following areas:
- Computers and Information Technology
- Construction Management
- Dental Hygiene
- Engineering Technology
- Fire Science & Paramedics
- Respiratory Therapy
- Transportation Technology
- Veterinary Technology
Vermont Technical College offers the following nursing programs:
- Practical Nursing (PN) – The one-year course, part of four-year ladder model, allows students to practice in health care settings under the supervision of an instructor. After finishing the year, the student is awarded a Practical Nurse certificate and is eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination.
- Associate Degree in Nursing (AND) – Students who receive the PN certificate may proceed to the second year of studies and obtain an associate degree in nursing.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing – It is an online degree-completion program for Registered Nurses who want to pursue a four-year nursing degree.
The nursing programs offered by the Vermont Technical College are accredited by the Commission for Education in Nursing.
Information about the nursing programs may be obtained from:
Vermont Technical College
P.O. Box 500
124 Admin Drive
Randolph Center, VT 05061