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Nursing student in the clinical simulation laboratory
Nursing students in the clinical simulation laboratory
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Professional nursing at the University of Vermont is presented as both a science and an art.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program draws from behavioral, natural and nursing sciences.


Students prepare for professional nursing practice through a rigorous curriculum that promotes care of individuals with illness and emphasizes health and the prevention of disease. Experience caring for individuals and populations with a focus on exposure to diversity and individuals with special needs is provided. Additional program details are outlined in the undergraduate program 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 faculty-supervised clinical instruction. In the clinical setting, students apply theoretical knowledge drawn from the arts and sciences and based on evidence. Junior-level students experience intensive and diverse clinical practice in the acute care setting. Senior students have an immersion in Public Health and model their clinical experience either domestically or on faculty-led foreign travel education. In the spring of the senior year, students select a 126-hour clinical practicum in a preferred area of interest.

The UVM Nursing program is affiliated with The University of Vermont Health Network as well as numerous community hospitals and agencies.

Registered Nurse Licensing Exam (NCLEX) Pass Rates

PeriodUVM Pass RateNational Average

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


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Vermont is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Major requirements

Beyond the classroom

Opportunities for participation in travel study, undergraduate research, clubs and professional organizations for nursing are widely available and varied.

Students have studied public health in Uganda, Africa, Belize, the Netherlands, and Oaxaca, Mexico.

Students also participate in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Meet George MacDonald '22

George MacdonaldGeorge worked as a per diem nurse at Appletree Bay Primary Care, UVM's faculty-led practice in Burlington. 

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Graduate employment rate



  • Nursing

Where alumni work

  • The University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Albany Medical Center
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Visiting Nurse Association