ADN Mission, Curricular Philosophy, Accreditation & Careers in Nursing

The Mission

The mission of the Division of Nursing is to prepare individuals for careers as registered professional nurses.The graduates of the Associate Degree in Nursing program are prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of specialties and healthcare settings.

Curricular Philosophy

The philosophy and curricular focus of the SVC Nursing program emphasizes the ethic of care, critical thinking, and a spirit of inquiry in education, practice, service and research. The faculty in the Nursing program value scholarship and academic integrity and seek to foster professional involvement and lifelong learning in students and graduates. The essence of nursing is grounded in the meaning of caring. Caring exists in authentic relationships through which all persons are respected and nurtured. The faculty in the Nursing program are committed to the maturation and growth of each student. One of the program goals is to help students to become self-directed learners, able to assess their own learning needs and work with the faculty to meet those needs. Teaching and learning is a collaborative process which fosters inquiry, dialogue, self-knowledge and evolution of thought in a caring environment. The expectation is that graduates are capable of fulfilling their inherent potential, both personally and professionally, through the educative process and will become lifelong learners.


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 programs' graduates to sit for the national nursing licensing exam.

The Southern Vermont College Associate Degree in Nursing Program and the former Bachelor of Science in Nursing have voluntarily sought accreditation from the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission and subscribe to the standards and criteria set forth by their Board of Commissioners. On April 1, 2013, the Division of Nursing was notified that NLNAC Board of Commissioners had voted to deny continuing accreditation to those nursing programs. We know the quality and value of SVC's nursing programs and for that reason, we have appealed the decisions. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; by telephone at 404-975-5000; or via the Internet at

Licensure Requirements

In order to be employed as a Registered Nurse (RN), the graduate of the SVC Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program must be licensed by the state in which he or she will practice. The associate's degree in Nursing enables students to apply for licensure by examination through any State Board of Nursing. Successful completion of the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) and compliance with all requirements for licensure as established by the State Board of Nursing is required for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

  • Upon application for licensure, the applicant must attest to each of the questions below. Answering yes to any of these questions may affect a person's ability to obtain a Nursing license and pursue a professional nursing career.
  • Has any state, territory or other jurisdiction denied your application for a license, certificate or registration in any profession or occupation?
  • Has any state or federal licensing authority restricted, suspended, revoked or taken any other disciplinary action against your license, certificate or registration that you hold or held in any profession or occupation?
  • Have you been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation?
  • Do you have a physical or mental condition or disorder which in any way impairs or limits your ability to practice nursing with reasonable skill and safety?
  • Has your use of alcohol, drugs or medications in any way impaired or limited your ability to practice nursing with reasonable skill and safety?
  • Are you currently participating in a supervised program or professional assistance program which monitors you in order to assure you are not engaging in the illegal use of controlled dangerous substances?

Careers in Nursing

The graduates of the Southern Vermont College Associate Degree in Nursing program are prepared to begin entry-level positions in a variety of specialties and health care settings.