Norwich University: RN to MSN Program Review
Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663
Norwich University is the oldest military college in the United States. The institution was founded in 1819 and also enrolls civilian students. The campus is approximately 30 minutes from Montpelier, the capital of Vermont.
Norwich University offers accredited online masters degree programs in Nursing Administration and Nursing Education. Both nursing masters degree programs require 36 credits of study. The RN to MSN can be completed in 1.5-2 years of study. In the first semester, nursing students will take core courses, followed by concentration-specific coursework in the second and subsequent semesters. Though delivered mostly online, the Master of Science in nursing program culminates in a week-long residency. It should be noted that the university covers room and board during the residency.
Entrance requirements to the MSN program include a BSN earned with a GPA of 2.75 or above. Applicants are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test. One year of clinical experience as an RN is required for all applicants to the masters in nursing program. Since a GPA of 3.0 is preferred, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 must have a 3.0 or above in the last 60 credits of the undergraduate program. Prerequisite courses in statistics and research should be completed before enrolling in the program.
The University of Vermont: RN to MSN Program Review
The University of Vermont
85 S Prospect St
The University of Vermont was established as a land-grant college. The institution’s full name is the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College. Approximately 12,000 students are enrolled at the university. Among the oldest universities in the nation, the University of Vermont received its charter in 1791, which is the same year Vermont attained statehood.
The nursing masters degree programs at the University of Vermont are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The following concentrations are offered in the nursing masters program:
Clinical Nurse Leader
Family Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Adult Nurse Practitioner
An MSN program is also offered for nursing students who already hold an advanced practice certification. The MEPN (Master’s Entry Program in Nursing) is for college graduates without prior nursing experience or education that are aspiring to become an APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse).
After graduating from the Master of Science in Nursing program, applicants are eligible to take a certification exam in their area of study.
In order to be admitted to the nursing masters degree program, applicants should have or be eligible to obtain a Vermont Registered Nurse license. A bachelors of science in nursing earned with a GPA of 3.0 or above is required for all applicants. All MSN applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam unless they hold a graduate degree already. A previous course in statistics and physical assessment and three letters of recommendation are also required. Though it is not required, it is preferred that applicants have previous RN experience.