University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Nursing

New Graduate Nursing Programs at UVM CNHS


  • December 1

Direct Entry Program in Nursing (DEPN)

UVM's Direct Entry Program in Nursing is an accelerated path to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree for those who have not graduated from a nursing program and hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in another field.

The program includes coursework related to the science and art of nursing, including basic, clinical and applied sciences and concepts of practice management, health policy, ethics and quality in health care. Graduates are eligible for national certification.


The DEPN curriculum begins with a full-time pre-licensure year that enables the student to sit for the NCLEX-RN and obtain an RN license in the State of Vermont. (Please note: A degree is not conferred at the end of the pre-licensure year and in some states a conferred degree is necessary for licensure.) DEPN students successfully completing the pre-licensure coursework and the registered nurse licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) enter the doctor of nursing practice program to complete the DNP degree. No additional application is required for progression. Graduates earn a doctoral degree in nursing (DNP).

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

DEPN Pre-Licensure Sequence 2015-16
DEPN Pre-Licensure Sequence 2014-15

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

  1. Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate degree program or higher.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous post–secondary education.
  3. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination General Test. The program prefers a minimum score of 144 Quantitative (500 on previous version), 153 Verbal (500 on previous version), and 4.0 Writing. Applicants may retake the GRE and the highest score in each section will be counted.
  4. The following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation:
    • Undergraduate level statistics
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition

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 online graduate application. The supplemental UVM Graduate College application is not yet available. Please check back in mid-September to complete this portion of your application. Include the following information with the UVM 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 course completion 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 August 10 2015 03:44 PM