University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Nursing

DEPN Program FAQs

Direct Entry Program in Nursing (DEPN) Frequently Asked Questions

The DEPN program is designed for those with a baccalaureate or higher degree in a field other than nursing.

What are the prerequisites for the DEPN program?

  • Undergraduate level statistics
  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition

(In general, the standard is that prerequisite courses taken longer than five years before application to the program should be repeated. This will ensure you enter the program with current information and will make you a stronger applicant.)

How long will the DEPN program take a full-time student to complete?

A full-time student may expect to complete the program in a minimum of 4 1/2 years. (Please note: Full-time status for graduate students is 9 credits per semester.)

Will courses be online or on campus?

We anticipate a hybrid model for both the DEPN and the DNP - with some online courses and some on-campus courses. More information will be available when the approval process is complete.

How many students will be accepted into the DEPN program?

The department anticipates a total of 30-35 students for each entering DNP class. This includes DEPN students who complete the pre-licensure year and then matriculate into the DNP program. So, there will likely be 20-25 DNP students and 15 DEPN students in each entering class.

What are the GRE score and GPA guidelines for the DEPN program?

Applicants generally have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in post-secondary education. The program prefers a minimum score of 144 Quantitative (500 on previous version), 153 Verbal (500 on previous version), and 4.0 Writing. The GRE's must have been taken within the last five years.

How can I find out more about the UVM DEPN program? Do you hold information sessions?

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences Office of Student Services is able to guide you during the application process and answer any of your questions. There are also advisors and current students available to speak with you about the program.

Information sessions for the DEPN program are held a few times a year. More information including dates and locations can be found in the prospective graduate students section of the CNHS website. These sessions, hosted by a faculty member in the department, are highly recommended. In addition, the UVM admissions office offers tours, which are a great way to see the campus.

What about financial aid and tuition costs for the program?

For current information about financial aid, tuition, and fees, refer to the Student Financial Services website. If you have questions about whether you are an in-state or out-of-state resident, refer to the Registrar's Residency Policy.

Where should I send my application materials?

Official transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation should be submitted through the NursingCAS website. The GRE Code for the University of Vermont DEPN program is 3920. The UVM on-line supplemental graduate application must also be completed. Please put only the names of your references on this application and not their e-mails, as it will send them another recommendation request. In the box calling for an essay, please write: "See essay on application."

How can I find out if UVM has received my transcripts (or any other materials)?

UVM will notify you when application materials have been received.

Last modified October 31 2014 11:18 AM