University of Vermont Nursing School Review
Located in Burlington, Vermont, the University of Vermont (UVM) has over 10,000 undergraduate students and almost 2,000 graduate students, as well as over 400 medical students. There are over 100 majors for students to choose from at the University of Vermont, with over 90% of faculty with a PhD designation.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont offers several nursing degrees including undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate programs include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS) and a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (RN-BS). The graduate programs at the University of Vermont include; a Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN), and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). In 2013, the University of Vermont will offer a Post Master’s Certificate – Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BS)
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at the University of Vermont is for individuals interested in entering the nursing profession at an undergraduate level. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program begin nursing courses from the first year of the degree, but are also able to take courses in other majors. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum is composed in-class lectures as well as clinical practicum. After graduating from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program can go on to apply to a graduate in Nursing program.
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BS) to Master of Science in Nursing Program (RN to BS to MS)
This program is intended for individuals who already hold a Registered Nurse Licensure and are currently employed. The program also offers a distance learning option, and has done so for seven years. The program is most often completed in three years, but can take up to five years. Most of the courses can be taken online, however, one course must be completed on campus and can be finished during the course of one week over the summer semester. Students must complete clinical practicum, which can be done in the student’s hometown. Individuals can also complete a Master of Science in Nursing (MS) program at the University of Vermont.
Master of Science in Nursing (MS)
The Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of Vermont is for professional nurses who wish to advance their nursing education and nursing career. The Master of Science in Nursing offers several courses of study including; Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and a Master of Science for Certificate-Prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).
All graduates of the program are eligible for national certification in their chosen specialty and programs can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The MS program is 54-60 credits.In order to be admitted into the MS program, individuals must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, and must be eligible for RN licensure in Vermont. Individuals must also complete the GRE and have a GPA of 3.0. Applicants must also have an undergraduate statistics course, three letters of recommendation, practice experience is preferred and individuals must have previous basic physical assessment coursework.
The Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at the University of Vermont, is for individuals who have graduated from an undergraduate program in nursing. The program is 12 months long, and graduates can go on to apply to write the NCLEX-RN, which is required to obtain Registered Nurse Licensure. Once the graduate acquires the Registered Nurse Licensure, they have to select a Master’s stream; Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, or Advanced Practice Psychiatric – Mental Health Nurse. The Advanced Practice Psychiatric – Mental Health Nurse Program will no longer be available after 2013. The application deadline for these programs is December 1, 2011. In order to apply, students must have three letters of recommendation and provide transcripts and GRE scores. Students must also provide a personal essay.
Post-Master’s Certificate Program (Primary Health/Nurse Practitioner)
The Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Primary Health/Nurse Practitioner at the University of Vermont is intended for Registered Nurses who already hold a Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited educational institution. Individuals who complete the certificate program can go on to sit the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
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