Online, on campus, or both?

laptop-blue50.pngbuilding-blue50.pngNine of the ten required program courses are offered online. The program also includes a five-day intensive summer course, which takes place in the Clinical Simulation Lab on the University of Vermont campus. Two other courses include clinical components (42 hours each) that can generally be completed near the student’s home.
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Tuition & Fees

Vermont Resident Tuition: $611 per credit hour. Non-resident tuition: $1,544 per credit hour. One-time Acceptance Fee of $495. (*updated 2016)

Entrance Requirements

In addition to meeting UVM's general admission criteria, must have current RN license (or be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN) and a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Enrollment and continuation in the program is contingent upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN. The RN license must be kept active while enrolled in the RN to B.S. program.


Nursing credits granted for completion of the NCLEX-RN and holding RN licensure: 34; Required UVM Core Nursing Credits: 30; Non-Nursing Credits: 57. Total Program Credits: 121. Students may transfer in any non-nursing credits from prior education without time limit.

Total Length of Program

part-time50.pngUVM’s online courses are designed for working adults and offer support for non-computer savvy. Accepted students are granted 34 nursing credits for having passed the NCLEX-RN and holding an active RN license. Additionally, you can transfer non-nursing credits from previously completed courses from other colleges. A minimum grade of C is required for a course to transfer and all transfer credits must be approved by the Office of Transfer Affairs. Per UVM policy, from the point of matriculating into the program, students may transfer in up to 15 credits from other accredited institutions. UVM also accepts CLEP credits and offers credit by examination. Most nurses complete the program in three years, taking one core nursing course and one general education course per semester.

Time Commitment

UVM’s RN-BS program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis over three years, depending on prior education and number of non-nursing credits completed previously. Students may take a larger credit load and complete the program sooner, but we have found that six credits per semester is the maximum practical for an adult student with work, life, and family commitments. Students may take leave of absence if personal commitments require it and re-enter the program when able to resume, providing they left in good academic standing.


Margaret Aitken, MS, APRN
UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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