Common Questions

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How soon can I be employed as a registered nurse?
The prelicensure BSN Program prepares the student to take the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX) after graduation. 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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is 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.
The RN to BSN program is approved by the Vermont State Board of Nursing. 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.

Accreditation Site Visit Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the Division of Nursing at Southern Vermont College will be hosting a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation visit during the 2014-2015 academic year.  The CCNE evaluation team will conduct a site visit on October 29, 30 and 31, 2014.  

Our baccalaureate program includes 2 tracks leading to a BSN:  The Pre-Licensure BSN track and RN-BSN track.  We were proud to initiate our Pre-Licensure BSN track in Fall 2013.  Our RN-BSN track was established in 1991 and had a complete curriculum revision implemented in Fall 2013.

The CCNE provides an opportunity for program constituents to submit, in writing, comments concerning a program’s qualifications for accreditation status.  Comments are accepted up to 30 days prior to the scheduled visit.  We invite you to submit comments, in writing, to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120

Thank you for your continuing support of the SVC Nursing Division.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Mary Botter, Chair of the Division of Nursing, or the CCNE if you have any questions.