University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Nursing

New Graduate Nursing Programs at UVM CNHS

DEPN student in sim lab

An Innovative Approach to Clinical Education

The Clinical Simulation Laboratory offers inpatient rooms, an ER/OR/MICU/SICU training room, debriefing rooms and outpatient exam rooms to support simulated patient encounters using standardized patients and mannequin simulators.

Attend a graduate nursing information session to learn more.


Direct Entry Program in Nursing (DEPN)

The direct entry program in nursing offers an accelerated path to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree for those with a bachelor's degree or higher in a non-nursing field.


The direct entry program begins with 36.5 credits and includes 820 clinical hours of full-time, year-round coursework to prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam and gain registered nurse licensure in the State of Vermont. Students then continue into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The 3 1/2-year Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum includes 69.5-76 credits of coursework and 750-820 clinical hours, including 240 practicum hours.

The curriculum for the DEPN program per entrance year (PDF):

DEPN Pre-Licensure Sequence 2016-17
DEPN Pre-Licensure Sequence 2015-16

DNP Primary Care: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner 2016-17
DNP Primary Care: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner 2015-16

DNP Primary Care: Family Nurse Practitioner 2016-17
DNP Primary Care: Family Nurse Practitioner 2015-16

The UVM Course Catalogue details specific requirements as designated by catalogue year. Academic standards are outlined in the CNHS Nursing Graduate Student Handbook found here.

Graduation Requirements

A grade point average of 3.0, successful completion of all clinical experiences and a comprehensive examination are required for graduation. Refer to class year curriculum sheets for credit hours required for graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

DEPN Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing or another field
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • College grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Prerequisite courses
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Undergraduate statistics

Please note this is not an accelerated B.S. in nursing program.

Application Process

1. Complete the Nursing Common Application through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS), a division of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Follow instructions on the site. All application materials should be submitted directly to NursingCAS. These include:

  • (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript(s) from all schools attended
  • On the NursingCAS application there is an opportunity for the applicant to self-report when they took the GRE. Official GRE scores should be submitted to UVM GRE code 3920.
  • Essay: Why did you choose nursing as a career? Do you have any additional information that you would like the admissions committee to know about you that has not been previously considered in the application?

2. Complete the UVM Graduate College Application. Include the following information with the application:

  • For the essay, please write "Refer to NursingCAS application."
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. The college will accept both the old and new version of the GRE, but scores must be received by the application deadline. (UVM Code: 3920)
  • Application Fee
  • No transcripts or letters of recommendation should be sent to the University of Vermont.

3. Complete the online DEPN prerequisite form.

Financial Aid

For information about financing your education, contact the UVM Financial Aid Office.

For More Information

UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
002 Rowell Building
106 Carrigan Dr.
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
Phone: (802) 656-3858

Nursing CAS Customer Service
(617) 612-2880

Last modified April 22 2016 01:57 PM