Online, on campus, or both?


RN-BS program is offered as a part-time online program.

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Tuition & Fees

Vermont Resident Full Time Tuition per semester: $6,660; $555 per credit hour. Non-resident Full Time Tuition (per semester): $14,364; $1,197 per credit. (2016 fees)

Entrance Requirements

The unique background of each candidate for the RN to BS Nursing Program will be considered with the expectation that each transfer student must meet the Castleton University BS Degree Requirements before graduation. All candidates licensed as registered nurses will be awarded 34 credits toward a BS degree. Admission requirements for this program of study include: BIO 2011 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 2012 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and BIO 2125 - Fundamentals of Microbiology (or their equivalents) in addition to an unencumbered RN license in the United Sates.

Program Requirements

The remaining degree credit requirements and time to completion will vary according to how many college credits a candidate transfers. The Core Castleton Nursing credits for the RN to BS program total 47 credits; in addition students will need to complete the remaining general education requirements which will vary from 12-41 credits depending on the number of transfer credits a candidate brings in.  The total number of credits for the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is 122.


Core Nursing credits required: 47 cr.; Minimum General Education credits required: 12 cr.; Minimum credits required to obtain a BS in Nursing degree: 59 cr.; Total program credits: 122.

Total Length of Program

The flexible program assures that each candidate will be considered individually as a transfer student and must meet the Castleton University BS requirements before graduation, including the general education requirements and the total minimum degree requirements of 122. In recognition of the diversity of backgrounds that students in this program possess, transferable grades in these courses will serve as prerequisites, where appropriate, for subsequent nursing courses. The time and number of credits to complete the program will vary.

Time Commitment

part-time50.pngThe RN-BS track is offered on a part-time basis only with a three year plan of study. Students are expected to complete the program within five years of enrollment.


Ellen Ceppetelli, MS, RN, CNL
Director of Nursing Education
Castleton University

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