Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
Students must complete all ADN program requirements within five years of initial matriculation into program required courses. Graduates of the Associate Degree in Nursing program are eligible for endorsement by Southern Vermont College to sit for the NCLEX national licensure exam. For details, contact the Vermont State Board of Nursing at National Life Building, North FL2, Montpelier, VT 05620-3402; by telephone at 802-828-2396; or via the Internet at www.vtprofessionals.org/opr1/nurses.
admission to associate degree in nursing (adn) program
The Office of Admissions is responsible for the admission process. The Division of Nursing works collaboratively with the Office of Admissions. All students applying for admission to Southern Vermont College must meet the standard College admission requirements and the Division of Nursing requirements. Completion and clearance from a national criminal database must be submitted prior to entering a Nursing clinical course. The Division of Nursing will provide the Web site and access information for the database.
nursing program requirements for entrance
Admission to the Nursing major requires SAT scores of 500 verbal and 500 math and completion of high school biology and chemistry courses or the college equivalent with a minimum grade of “C.” Students who do not meet the Nursing admission criteria may meet requirements to enroll in courses designed to prepare the student by strengthening their science, reading and math foundation. These students may be admitted as Allied Health majors to the College. This may include an additional year of science foundational courses or summer science course option. Completion of a pre-Nursing admission examination is required during the time the student is in prerequisite and foundational courses, prior to progression to the first Nursing clinical course, Nu150 Fundamentals of Nursing.
Nursing majors are considered pre-Nursing until completion of all the prerequisites. This includes Ns235 Anatomy & Physiology I and Ns236 Anatomy & Physiology II science courses with a minimum grade of C+ within the past five years. The student must also complete the following with a minimum grade of a C: English Composition I and II, and a College Algebra course. The cumulative GPA must be a minimum of 2.8. Student academic achievement in the prerequisite and foundational courses is monitored to assure students meet all Nursing program requirements prior to progression to Nu150 Fundamentals of Nursing.
Transfer students and/or non-traditional students must meet the same College admission criteria and the Division of Nursing admission requirements as stated. Transcript review by appointment with the Chair of Nursing is recommended. Nursing courses completed at other nursing programs will not be accepted as Nursing transfer credits.
licensed practical nurse (LPN) Students
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) applying for admission to Southern Vermont College must meet the standard College admission requirements and the Division of Nursing requirements as stated above. The LPN, subject to transfer student guidelines, should schedule an appointment with the Chair of Nursing for transcript review and evaluation. Nursing courses completed at other nursing programs will not be accepted as Nursing transfer credits. The LPN may seek advanced placement in the Associate Degree in Nursing program Nursing core courses by challenging and receiving a passing score on the National League of Nursing Practical Nursing Achievement Test. Details of the required examinations will be provided at interview. This examination assesses knowledge of fundamental nursing concepts. Please consult the Divisional Chair prior to payment and scheduling. With transition into the program, the LPN/ transfer student must complete all program requirements and meet the same expectations as traditional students. An applicant seeking advanced placement status should contact the Division of Nursing Chair for testing information and must successfully complete the examination prior to the start of the spring semester for the academic year he or she is seeking admission. All prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation, and all other degree requirements must be completed in order to obtain an associate's degree in Nursing.
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