Castleton State College Nursing Program Review


Established over 30 years ago, Castleton State College (CSC) of Vermont is home to almost 2,000 undergraduate students and has 30 programs, which prepare students for fulfilling careers. Castleton State College founded its firs Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in only a few years ago, and graduates its first class in 2010.

Castleton State College offers three types of nursing degree; a two-year associate’s degree program, a four-year bachelor’s degree program and a Bachelor in Science program, which is intended for Registered Nurses who hold an associate in science diploma.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science (BS) Completion (BS. NUR)

The Bachelor’s degrees in nursing at Castleton State College have two streams. One stream is a four-year degree program, which is intended for high school students, applying to pursue a career as a nurse. The two-year Bachelor in Science program option is for those nurses who already hold a Registered Nurse (RN) licensure and want to pursue a bachelor’s degree. In order to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs, applicants must hold combined critical reading and math SAT scores of 1000 or higher and must have graduated in the upper quarter of their high school class. Post-secondary work will be evaluated, and students must go through an interview process.

Those applicants, who wish to apply as a Registered Nurse, must hold a valid license in the state of Vermont. Castleton State College does not state how long this degree option will take, as each transfer candidate is evaluated individually, however, all Registered Nurses will be granted 34 nursing credits toward their bachelors degree. Applicants must also present several prerequisite courses, with a “C” grade or above.

Individuals who complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing can go on to apply to write the NCLEX-RN examination, in order to complete their licensure as a Registered Nurse and begin employment in the healthcare field as a nurse.

Associate in Science in Nursing degree (ASN)

Upon graduation from the Associate Degree in Nursing program from Castleton State College, students are able to apply to write the NCLEX-RN exam, in order to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. Applicants must apply directly through Castleton State College, and hold a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 1000 or higher, have graduated from the upper quarter of their high school class and have met with the head of the Nursing department. Students will also be judged on their post-secondary work. Not all students must take all courses. If a students holds a Practical Nursing Licensure, they can write a challenge exam, and potentially be exempt. The Associate’s Degree in Nursing Program can be completed in two years, and all courses must be completed with a minimum “C” grade or higher.

Agreement with University of Vermont

Castleton State College has an agreement with the University of Vermont for Bachelor of Science in Nursing students to be admitted into the prescribed RN to BS program of study at the University of Vermont. Once students have completed the RN-BS program and degree requirements, individuals can receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing from the University of Vermont.

Contact:
Castleton State College
86 Seminary Drive,
Castleton, VT 05735
802-468-1213

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