Nursing - RN to BSN track
(Bachelor of Science Degree)

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Southern Vermont College offers the RN to BSN option to graduates of associate degree and diploma programs of Nursing. The RN to BSN option assists the registered professional nurse to continue to develop expertise in the field of nursing, supports the professional responsibility of lifelong learning and career development. The course of study enhances the RNs ability to approach care of the individual and groups of patients with a comprehensive and holistic plan of care. The BSN degree broadens the nurses’ ability to contribute to the complexity of health and prevention of the community and/or facility in which they are working. Further development of interpersonal skills prepares the professional nurse to be an advocate for patient care, efficiently interact with the interdisciplinary team, prepare patient teaching plans and problem-solve. 

Students may continue course work for completion of the BSN degree immediately following completion of an associate degree in Nursing program. Students who have completed the associate's degree in Nursing and have a current RN license can complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing within two years of full-time study.

Graduates of accredited associate degree Nursing programs are awarded a maximum of 64 credits or the equivalent of the associate degree program total credit requirements. Graduates of diploma programs or non-accredited Nursing programs are required to take the National League for Nursing Mobility Profile II examination. Students must complete all BSN program requirements within five years of matriculation into the program.


The total program is 128 credit hours including a maximum of 64 credit hours accepted for an ADN degree and a minimum of 64 credit hours for the RN to BSN curriculum.


Clinical learning experiences are designed to assist the Nursing student to develop in the professional role and integrate learned skills and abilities. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from their designated clinical sites. Each student must arrive on time at a variety of chosen clinical sites and conduct themselves according to the contents of the Nursing Student Handbook. Failure to comply with clinical guidelines may result in failure or dismissal from the clinical site and in some cases dismissal from the program.

Program of Study

Admission to RN to BSN program requires an active, unencumbered US RN license.

Requirements Credits
Associate in Nursing Degree Requirements Maximum of 64
General Core Requirements BSN (Non-Nursing core)
  • Ec200 Macro-Economics (4 cr)
  • Ma202 Statistical Methods (4 cr)
  • Ns104 General Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • Ns221 Nutrition (4 cr)
  • Py203 Lifespan Development (4 cr)
  • So250 Race, Ethnicity Gender and Class (So201, So202, So206, So300) (4 cr)
  • Humanities Core (4 cr)
  • Upper-level Requirement (2 Non-Nursing Courses at 300/400 level)*
Major Requirements (Nursing Core)
  • Nu231 Bridge to Professional Nursing (4 cr)
  • Nu241 Health Assessment (4 cr)
  • Nu331 Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing   (4 cr)
  • Nu333 Pharmacology (4 cr)
  • Nu441 Community and Public Health Nursing (4 cr)
  • Nu442 Transition to Professional Practice (4 cr)
  • Nu443 Leadership and Management for Quality Healthcare (4 cr)
Total Credits 128
*Two courses in Non-Nursing Core must at upper level (300/400). These courses may be taken as Elective or as meeting another requirement.