Vermont RN to MSN Programs
Registered nurses in Vermont who are interested in furthering their career by earning their Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree have at one in-state schooling option. The University of Vermont in Burlington offers specialization tracks that put a variety of advanced nursing careers within reach for Vermont's nurses.
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.
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University of VermontCampus
College of Nursing & Health Sciences
194 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401-3596
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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
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 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.
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 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.
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 and a half years on a part-time basis, over the course of six academic semesters and two summer sessions.
Tuition and Cost of Attendance
The cost of tuition for an RN to MSN program in Vermont varies depending on school and program selected. The current cost of in-state tuition at University of Vermont's MSN program is under $700 per credit and about $1,700 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.
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 average base salary for a registered nurse in Burlington is approximately $54,000 annually. To compare, the average salary for the MSN-required nurse practitioner is about $105,000 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.