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Discover the Opportunities—Pre-Licensure BSN Track

Our program will get you out in the field faster.

At Southern Vermont College, you’ll learn by doing. You’ll learn by participating in simulation labs and then clinical rotations in a variety of settings, including hospitals and other patient settings, both large and small in Vermont and Massachusetts. SVC’s small class sizes allow for individualized attention from dedicated professionals, which gets you out in the field faster. Our Pre-Licensure BSN nursing students start clinical rotations in the first semester of their sophomore year, which you won’t find at many other programs.

As research has demonstrated, baccalaureate and higher levels of nursing education lead to more positive patient outcomes. The baccalaureate-prepared nurse has the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to provide and coordinate care in complex and diverse health care settings. This includes preparation to contribute to quality and safety initiatives for the continuous improvement of patient care, and to serve as a full partner in the redesign and advancement of healthcare.  

Guerda Malumba2016 BSN Graduate Guerda Mulumba, RN
University of Vermont Medical Center
Burlington, VT

92% of 2016 graduates of the Pre-Licensure BSN program passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®), a pass rate well above the national average of 84%. The rate for 2017 graduates is 100%.

100%
NCLEX pass rate
for 2017 graduates

Pre-Licensure BSN Track Course Sequence

The Pre-Licensure BSN track is designed for individuals who wish to achieve a BSN and upon graduation be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination. You’ll learn by participating in simulation labs and then clinical rotations in a variety of settings, including hospitals and other patient settings, both large and small with Vermont and Massachusetts.

As research has demonstrated, baccalaureate and higher levels of nursing education lead to more positive patient outcomes. The baccalaureate prepared nurse has the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to provide and coordinate care in complex and diverse health care settings. This includes preparation to contribute to quality and safety initiatives for the continuous improvement of patient care, and to serve as a full partner in the redesign and advancement of healthcare.

Pre-Licensure BSN Track Course Sequence: (printable version)

SemesterCoursesCredits
First Year
First Semester
  • Fy100 – Quest for Success: The First Year Experience (4 cr)
  • Py150 – Psychology (4 cr)
  • En101 – English Composition I (4 cr)
  • Ns235 – Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr)
  • Clinical = 0 hrs
16
First Year
Second Semester
  • Ns236 – Anatomy and Physiology II (4 cr)
  • En102 – English Composition II (4 cr)
  • Ns240 – Medical Microbiology (4 cr)
  • Ns221 – Human Nutrition (4 cr)
  • Clinical = 0 hrs
16
Second Year
Third Semester
  • Ns104 – General Chemistry (4 cr)
  • Py203 – Lifespan Development (4 cr)
  • So250 – Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class (4 cr)
    OR one of following: So201, So202, So206, So300
  • Nu211 – Foundations of Professional Nursing (4 cr) Clinical 15 hrs + 15 hrs lab
  • Clinical = 15 hrs
16
Second Year
Fourth Semester
  • Ma202 – Statistical Methods (4 cr)
  • Nu221 – Health Assessment and Health Promotion (4 cr)
  • Nu222 – Concepts of Nursing Practice (4 cr) Clinical 60 hrs + 24 hrs lab
  • Nu312 – Pathophysiology (4 cr)
  • Clinical = 60 hrs
16
Third Year
Fifth Semester
  • Nu311 – Research & Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (4 cr)
  • Humanities Requirement (4 cr)
  • Nu313 – Pharmacology (4 cr)
  • Nu314 – Care of Elders (4 cr) Clinical 60 hrs
  • Clinical = 60 hrs
16
Third Year
Sixth Semester
  • Mg120 – Foundations of Economics (4 cr)
    OR one of the following: Hc310, Hc315
  • Humanities Requirement (4 cr)
  • Nu321 – Care of the Med/Surg Patient and Family I (4 cr) Clinical 60 hrs
  • Nu328 – Care Along the Continuum of Mental Health – Clinical 45 hrs
  • Clinical = 105 hrs
16
Fourth Year
Seventh Semester
  • Nu411 – Care for Women and Child-Bearing Families (4 cr) Clinical 45 hrs
  • Nu410 – Care of Children and Families (4 cr) Clinical 45 hrs
  • Nu413 – Care of the Med/Surg Patient and Family II (4 cr) Clinical 60 hrs
  • Elective (4 cr)
    (A minimum of two 300- or 400-level non-nursing courses are required)
  • Clinical = 150 hrs
16
Fourth Year
Eighth Semester
  • Nu421 – Community and Public Health Nursing (4 cr) Clinical 45 hrs
  • Nu422 – Transitions to Professional Practice (4 cr) Clinical 75 hrs
  • Nu423 – Leadership and Management for Quality Healthcare Systems (4 cr)
  • Elective (4 cr)
    (A minimum of two 300- or 400-level non-nursing courses are required)
  • Clinical = 120 hrs
16
Required for Graduation/Total Credits128
  • Ethics requirement met with Nursing Core Courses
  • Diversity requirement met with So250 or So201 or So202 or So206 or So300
  • Sustainability requirement met with Ns240 Medical Microbiology

(Pre-Licensure BSN Curriculum – Initial SVC Curriculum Committee Approval: 10/15/13, Prerequisite revisions approved 4/8/14)

Licensure

Graduates of the Pre-Licensure BSN track are eligible 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 are required for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Completion of the Pre-Licensure BSN does not guarantee licensure. Licensing decisions are the purview of each State Board of Nursing. For example, physical, mental or other disorders, including chemical dependence, that would impair the ability to practice as a RN or a history of previous convictions may affect a person’s ability to obtain a RN license and pursue a nursing career. Questions regarding RN licensure in the State of Vermont may be directed to Vermont State Board of Nursing, at 802-828-2396, or via the Internet at https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/professions/nursing.aspx.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Southern Vermont College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

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