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Follow your direction with our new pre-nursing program in conjunction with Vermont Technical College.

Nurses support the health and well-being of society – they are the backbone of our healthcare system in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, doctors’ offices, home health agencies, and private care centers. Now you can enter and advance in this in-demand field through this new pre-nursing program based at Northern Vermont University’s Lyndon campus.

NVU’s new pre-nursing program offers you entry onto a graduated career ladder. You’ll begin in a pre-nursing year, taking courses that prepare you for Vermont Tech’s Practical Nursing program (Year 2) and Associate of Science in Nursing (Year 3).

During Year 1, you’ll apply (by December 1) to Vermont Tech to continue on the Year 2 and Year 3 program ladder. Successful completion of Year 1 courses guarantees you a seamless entry into the Vermont Tech program.

All of your Vermont Tech coursework for the first (pre-nursing), second (Practical Nursing – PN) and third (Associate of Science in Nursing – ADN) years of this program, including skills and simulation labs, will be based right here on the NVU-Lyndon campus.

After you receive your ADN through this NVU-Vermont Tech partnership, you can go on to get your bachelor’s in nursing (BSN) directly through Vermont Tech.

Requirements for Admission to Vermont Technical College’s Practical Nursing Program

NVU nursing students must apply to Vermont Tech by December 1. Successful entry requires meeting admittance standards to move into the second and third year of courses. Students must attain at least a 3.0 (B average) and individual grades must all be a C or better in the mathematics and science courses listed in the first blue drop down below during their pre-nursing year at NVU. In addition, students must earn a B or better in both Human Anatomy and Physiology courses.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE DELIVERY

The table below indicates the preferred semester for course offerings. In some instances, it may be necessary to change the semester when a course is offered based on faculty availability.   

Fall Semester (15 weeks) Spring Semester (15 weeks)
  • BIO 2011 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIO 1030 Introduction to Nutrition (3 credits)
  • MAT 1060 Problem Solving with Math (3 credits)
  • ENG 1081Reading & Writing Strategies (3 credits)
  • NUR XXXX Introduction to Nursing (2 credits)
  • BIO 2012 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
  • PSY 2070 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology* (3 credits)
  • ENG 1082 Academic Inquiry (3 credits)
  • Arts and Humanities Elective (ADN) (3 credits)

The following Vermont Tech courses will be offered to students in the second year of this program pathway. All courses will be taught at NVU-Lyndon.

Fall Semester (15 weeks) Winter Semester (15 weeks) Spring Semester II (9 weeks)
  • NUR 1111 Principles and Practices of Nursing I (5 credits)
  • NUR 0111 Principles and Practices of Nursing I Lab (4 credits)
  • NUR 1020 Nurse Client Relationship (3 credits)
  • NUR 1121 Principles and Practices of Nursing II (5 credits)
  • NUR 0121 Principles and Practices of Nursing II Lab (4 credits)
  • NUR 1010 Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NUR 1131 Principles and Practices of Nursing III (5 credits)
  • NUR 0131 Principles and Practices of Nursing III Lab (4 credits)

The following Vermont Tech courses will be offered to students in the third year of this program pathway. Please note, Technical Communications is only offered online — all other courses will be taught at NVU-Lyndon

Fall Semester (15 weeks) Spring Semester (15 weeks)
  • NUR 2030 Principles and Practices of Nursing IV (3 credits)
  • NUR 2130 Principles and Practices of Nursing IV Lab (2 credits)
  • NUR 2010 Trends and Transition in Nursing (2 credits)
  • BIO 2120 Microbiology (4 credits)
  • ENG 2080 Technical Communication (3 credits)
  • NUR 2130 Principles and Practices of Nursing V (6 credits)
  • NUR 2140 Principles and Practices of Nursing V Lab (4 credits)
  • SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
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