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How soon can I be employed as a registered nurse?
Both the prelicensure BSN and the Associate Degree in Nursing Programs prepare the student to take the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX) after graduation. The ADN program is designed to be completed over a three-year period. The prelicensure BSN track is designed to be completed in four years. Once the NCLEX is passed, the graduate is eligible to be hired in an RN role.

How does a nursing student grasp and learn all that is needed to become a nurse at SVC?
The curriculum is designed based upon experiential learning. As this is an applied discipline, the synthesis of learning comes together in the direct care of patients in the clinical/acute care setting. Each nursing course has a clinical laboratory component whereby the student must demonstrate student nurse competencies in the skills laboratory, the simulation laboratory, and the “real” laboratory which includes hospitals, nursing homes, physician medical practices, elementary and secondary schools, and other community settings.

Nursing students must take time for self-reflection and identify what is the key to their individual success. Most students need to determine the balance of reading, re-reading, studying, and types of study methodologies that are needed for success. Some students find that they need support to learn different study techniques and new test-taking strategies. The Nursing faculty member monitors student progression very closely. A number of strategies are in place to foster independent as well as required remediation to support student success. The Nursing student needs to be prepared to apply themselves with diligence!

How does the program meet state and national standards?
The Southern Vermont College Associate Degree in Nursing Program and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program are approved by the Vermont State Board of Nursing. The Division of Nursing provides the Vermont State Board of Nursing with scheduled and periodic updates as requested or as modifications are made to the program. The Vermont State Board of Nursing may be contacted at 802-828-2396 or via the Internet at

Southern Vermont College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Our nursing programs are approved by the Vermont State Board of Nursing which allows our graduates to sit for the national nursing licensing exam. The Southern Vermont College Associate Degree in Nursing Program and the RN to BSN in Nursing are accredited through May 2014 with warning by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) – formerly known as the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission. Questions regarding accreditation can be addressed to Dr. Bobbe Ann Gray, Interim Chair of Nursing at SVC at 802-447-6347 or the ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; by telephone at 404-975-5000, or[CM1]
The Vermont State Board of Nursing also recently provided provisional approval of our new four-year degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing which also allows our students to complete the National Council Licensure Examination for a nursing license. SVC is pursuing accreditation for the BSN from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE will be on campus in October 2014 to provide the necessary site visit for this and our new RN to BSN completion program. Once that is concluded positively both programs will be accredited retroactively to September 2013.


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