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The University of Vermont's RN to B.S. program enhances knowledge and skills in evidence-based practice; population and community-based healthcare; and healthcare policy, finance, and leadership - offering registered nurses access to the University of Vermont's Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Program Features

UVM's RN to B.S. Program offers:

  • Online courses designed for working RNs
  • Credit for previous nursing education and licensure
  • Transfer of non-nursing courses from other colleges
  • Individualized academic advising
  • University tuition payment plan available
  • Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Curriculum

Nine of the ten required program courses are offered online. The program also includes a five-day intensive summer course, which takes place in the Clinical Simulation Lab on the University of Vermont campus.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting UVM's general admission criteria, must have current RN license (or be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN) and a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Enrollment and continuation in the program is contingent upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN. The RN license must be kept active while enrolled in the RN to B.S. program.

Application Process

Apply online using the Common Application available through UVM Admissions. Admission decisions are made from January 1 through August 1. For assistance with your application, please contact Deborah.Gale@uvm.edu (UVM Admissions) or Margaret.Aitken@med.uvm.edu (Nursing).

The RN to B.S. program is administered through a partnership between the University of Vermont Department of Nursing and UVM Continuing and Distance Education. Learn more by visiting the Continuing and Distance Education RN to B.S. program web page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all of the courses online?

Nine of the ten core nursing courses are online. One course, Health Assessment, is offered as an intensive, one-week summer course, taught at the main Burlington campus n UVM's state-of-the-art simulation laboratory. Parking and dormitory housing are available for this week.

What about the non-nursing courses?

UVM offers many courses online; which courses are offered online depends on the departments in which they are taught. Per UVM policy, 30 of the 45 credits towards the degree must be taken at UVM. Once matriculated in the program students may take up to 15 credits at institutions outside UVM.

Are there any clinicals?

Graduates of associate degree nursing programs have already had most of the clinicals required for a baccalaureate degree. The only clinicals not typically covered in associate degree programs are public health nursing and community health nursing. These two courses each have two credits of classroom content and one credit (42 hours) of clinical work. Students in the program work with course faculty to arrange clinical experiences convenient for wherever they live.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

Most nurses complete the program in three years, taking one core nursing course and one general education course per semester.

Will I get credit for courses I have taken previously?

Yes, accepted students are granted 34 nursing credits for having passed the NCLEX-RN and holding an active RN license. Additionally, you can transfer non-nursing credits from previously completed courses from other colleges. A minimum grade of C is required for a course to transfer and all transfer credits must be approved by the Office of Transfer Affairs.

How much does tuition cost?

Information on UVM tuition and fees can be found on the UVM website.

Can I get financial aid?

There are many avenues for paying for the program, which ones will work best for you depend on your employer, how many credits you take, and other individual factors. Please contact UVM Student Financial Services at 656-5700 for more information or visit VermontNursing.org.

Can I start in the spring semester?

The core nursing sequence must be started in the fall semester. You can take required non-nursing courses in the spring and summer semesters prior to admission. We're happy to look over transcripts and suggest courses you could take in advance.

How do I apply?

Instructions and application links can be found on the program website under "admissions process".

If you have any questions please contact:
Margaret Aitken, M.S., APRN
(802) 656-5496
Margaret.Aitken@med.uvm.edu