University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program integrates interdisciplinary education with clinical simulation in the context of a premier academic medical center.


Students prepare for professional nursing practice that promotes health and the prevention of disease for individuals of all ages, from diverse cultural backgrounds, in a variety of health settings. The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Select year of program entry:

Consult the UVM Course Catalogue for specific requirements by catalogue year. Academic standards are outlined in the CNHS Undergraduate Handbook.

Clinical Experience

Clinical experience begins in the second semester of the sophomore year and continues throughout the program. Students benefit from 594 hours of direct-supervision clinical instruction with experienced health care professionals in acute care settings and the Clinical Simulation Laboratory, where they learn to apply theoretical knowledge and the skills required for evidence-based practice. Junior year students begin applying skills in direct care settings. Each semester builds and further develops requisite essential nursing interventions in acute care settings. Community and Public Health clinical sites are also used to expand care to communities and aggregate populations, and to provide an additional 126 hours of clinical practice in a preferred area of interest during the spring of the senior year. Learn more about clinical opportunities in nursing >>

The University of Vermont nursing program is affiliated with University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont. Additional New England hospitals and agencies are often used to provide clinical experiences for students during the senior practicum.

Nursing Faculty

Skilled professionals and talented educators, UVM Nursing faculty view nursing as both a science and an art. Our clinical faculty are selected for their areas of expertise and commitment to nursing education, practice, and research. Learn more about our faculty.


UVM nursing alumni take jobs in a variety of settings in all areas of acute and sub-acute nursing practice. Among these are the intensive care nursery and surgical inpatient and cardiothoracic surgery units of University of Vermont Medical Center, Albany Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Emory University Hospital, and the Visiting Nurse Association.

The baccalaureate degree provides a foundation for further study in master's and doctoral programs. Approximately 30% of our students enter graduate study upon completion of the program, in a variety of accredited programs nationwide, according to a recent exit survey.

Opportunities for Students

Study abroad and undergraduate research programs and opportunities for involvement in clubs and professional organizations for nursing students at the University of Vermont are widely available and varied.

Historically, many students have been afforded the opportunity to study public health in Uganda, Africa; Bangladesh, India; and Oaxaca, Mexico.

Students also participate in the National Student Nurses Association, the Vermont State Nurses Association, the Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Registered Nurse Licensing Exam (NCLEX) Pass Rates

Period UVM Pass Rate National Average

Sources: UVM Data, National Council of State Boards of Nursing


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