The largely rural, New England state of Vermont offers something for everyone. Purpose-driven registered nurses looking to have a greater impact on patient care can enroll in a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree that has been set up for employed nurses. In addition to commanding a higher salary, advanced practice nurses can do more for their communities.

Vermont offers a few different ways, such as bridge (or accelerated) options (RN/BSN to MSN) and direct-entry pathways, for devoted professionals to obtain their academic and professional nursing goals.

RN to MSN and BSN to MSN Programs

Like many states with sizable rural communities, Vermont has a consistent and likely growing demand for Registered Nurses with advanced degrees. Similar to RN / BSN to MSN bridge options, accelerated programs make the most of coursework already taken in order to apply it to a master's degree. Such programs, which are typically offered in a blend of online and on-campus instructional models, focus on core nursing components, including evidence-based practice. In Vermont, these fast-paced programs prepare nurses to work as Clinical Nurse Leaders.

Typical Program Length:

  • Approximately 6 years of study for an RN to MSN
  • At least 3 full-time semesters for a BSN to MSN

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • ADN or BSN from an accredited university (degree level may vary by program)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Application with letter of intent
  • Current, unencumbered license in Vermont
  • Some clinical experience

Accelerated & Master's Entry Nursing Programs

Switching careers used to be uncommon. Yet, thanks to technology, distance learning, and new attitudes about work and education, more people are opting to return to school for a new career. With predictable stability in all economic conditions, nursing is an attractive field for many. The University of Vermont's intensive, direct-entry MSN program enables bachelor's educated students to become licensed RNs and Clinical Nurse Leaders in less time. The hybrid, accelerated program includes both distance and in-person learning to optimize theory and clinical instruction.

Typical Program Length:

  • About 3.5 years of full-time study

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in a non-nursing field
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher and submission of official transcripts
  • Completion of prerequisite science and statistics courses
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completion of application, including all questions

2024 List of MSN Programs in Vermont

RN to MSN programs in Vermont are currently offered at the state university level. Programming is geared toward currently working nurses that are looking to upgrade their qualifications. The program is offered on a part-time basis to accommodate for the nurse that are upgrading and can take up to 3 1/2 years to complete. Once you have successfully completed the degree program you open yourself up to a multitude of advancement opportunities. Becoming a family nurse practitioner, nurse educator or gerontological nurse all become viable options.

MSN Programs By City:

Burlington, VT

MSN Programs
The University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405
(802) 656-3131

Northfield, VT

MSN Programs
158 Harmon Dr
Northfield, VT 05663
(802) 485-2000

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