Registered nurses in Vermont who are interested in furthering their career by earning their Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree have at least two in-state schooling options. RNs in Vermont can choose from an on-campus in-person program at the University of Vermont in Burlington or an online program at Norwich University based in Northfield. Both schools offer specialization tracks that put a variety of advanced nursing careers within reach for Vermont's nurses.

RN to MSN Admissions Requirements in Vermont

Nurses considering applying to an MSN program in Vermont will likely encounter the following admissions requirements:

  • Must hold an unencumbered RN license
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work
  • Submission of resume which documents clinical experience, and/or professional letters of recommendation
  • Application forms that may include a personal statement or essay
  • At the University of Vermont, applicants must also submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and have completed prerequisite courses in statistics and physical assessment
  • Norwich University requires students to have completed a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree and have completed prerequisite courses in statistics and research

RN to MSN Courses

The University of Vermont offers two pathways to an MSN degree: the Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader program, which is designed for RNs who have completed their BSN degree or Associate's Degree in Nursing along with a baccalaureate degree in another field, or the Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader program, which allows undergraduate students to complete their BSN and MSN degrees concurrently in six years.

Norwich University offers an online MSN program for students who have completed their BSN degree. MSN students at Norwich University have the option of moving into a specialized track that leads to a specific advanced nursing career once they have completed their general education courses. These specialties include Nurse Educator and Nursing Administration.

As part of their MSN program, University of Vermont, for example, offers the following nursing courses:

  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Genetics & Genomics for Clinicians
  • Health Care Ethics, Policy & Politics
  • Methods for Evidence Based Practice
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology for the Clinical Nurse Leader

Online RN to MSN Programs in Vermont

Online MSN programs offer students the opportunity to work at their own pace from wherever they live, often while working full- or part-time. These programs, while primarily completed online, also usually include a clinical requirement that is completed in-person on campus or in the student's local area.

Featured Online School

Norwich University in Northfield offers a CCNE-accredited, online MSN program for nurses that have completed their BSN degree. Norwich's 36-credit program is comprised of six six-credit courses for the nursing administration track or five six-credit courses and two three-credit courses for the nursing educator track. Both tracks are generally completed within 18-24 months and the flexible online platform is designed for students to complete the program at their own schedule while working full-or part-time. The program ends with a required one-week in-person residency and a graduation ceremony at Norwich University in June.

Admissions and Program Length

The length of an RN to MSN program varies depending on both the school and the student. The MSN Clinical Nurse Leader program at the University of Vermont, for example, is designed to be completed in 3 1/2 years on a part-time basis, over the course of six academic semesters and two summer sessions. The online MSN program at Norwich University takes 18-24 months to complete and offers four start dates per year (March, June, September and December).

Tuition and Cost of Attendance

The cost of tuition for an RN to MSN program in Vermont varies depending on school and program selected. For instance, the cost of tuition at Norwich University is currently $7,944 per semester. The current cost of in-state tuition at University of Vermont's MSN program is $662 per credit and $1,130 per credit for out-of-state residents. These tuition costs do not include additional course or testing fees, or out-of-pocket expenses like books. Tuition costs are subject to change at any time, so make sure to check on the latest costs with your school of choice at the time of application.

RN to MSN Career Pathways in Vermont

For Vermont's registered nurses, there are many career advancement opportunities available once you've completed your MSN degree. From administrative positions to educator roles, the MSN-educated nurse has a number of career paths to choose from. The following are just a few nursing careers that require an MSN:

  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Consultant

RN to MSN Salary Comparison

In addition to a wealth of career advancement opportunities, completing an MSN degree delivers increased earning potential for Vermont's registered nurses. The national average salary for a registered nurse is approximately $60,616 annually. To compare, the national average salary for the MSN-required nurse practitioner is $91,646 annually. There are dozens of other pathways for MSN-educated registered nurses, all with salaries that are significantly higher than an ADN or BSN educated nurse.

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RN to MSN Listings

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.

Norwich University
158 Harmon Dr.
Northfield, VT 05663
(802) 485-2000
University of Vermont
College of Nursing & Health Sciences
194 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401-3596