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Nursing student in the clinical simulation laboratory
Students studying
Nursing students in the clinical simulation laboratory
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Nursing student in the clinical simulation laboratory
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Classroom learning
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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program draws from behavioral, natural and nursing sciences. Professional nursing at the University of Vermont is presented as both a science and an art.

Curriculum

Students prepare for professional nursing practice through a rigorous curriculum that promotes care of individuals with illness, and places an emphasis on health and the prevention of disease. Experience is provided in caring for individuals and populations. Exposure to diverse populations and individuals with special needs is a focus.

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

Period UVM Pass Rate National Average
2016
92%
88%
2015
85%
87%
2014
84%
85%

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

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 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.

4 Year Plan for Career Success

Careers

  • Nursing

Where alumni work

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

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