Nursing (BSN)

  • Type of Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Location: Online
  • Program Accreditation: ACEN
  • Credit Requirements: 120

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is an online degree-completion program intended for current RNs who are ready to pursue the next level of their nursing education while working. It is designed to prepare nurses to possess greater knowledge of health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and global health. The program includes studies in healthcare information systems, palliative care, advanced assessment skills, nursing research, holistic healing, leadership and management, and community nursing.

Our BSN program is offered entirely online.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Vermont Tech is fully online. Students currently enrolled in the Vermont Tech ADN program may continue directly in the BSN program if they maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA and obtain a Registered Nurse license prior to beginning NUR courses in the BSN program.

BSN students must receive a grade of C in all NUR courses. If a BSN student receives a grade of less than 75, that student will be considered on probation, but can continue to take classes. They may retake the course once within a one-year period and will be removed from probation if they receive a C or greater in that repeated course. Receiving a grade of C- or less in the same course twice, or once in two separate courses, will be grounds for dismissal from the BSN program. The Nursing Director will review such cases for mitigating circumstances and make final decisions regarding dismissal.

Students with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing will be able to:

  • Collaborate with clients, the interdisciplinary team, and multiple care providers when planning care to establish client-centered goals to optimize wellness outcomes and evaluate care plan effectiveness for the individual and community
  • Engage applied sciences including scientific, behavioral, psychological, and cultural principles for the care of complex clients that incorporates global appreciation, understanding, and tolerance; design evidence-based practice care, incorporating and participating in qualitative research to generate theory and/or quantitative research to test theory
  • Distinguish between experimental positivistic empirical approaches and non-experimental research designs; define strengths, weaknesses, the importance of rigor and replicable findings; statistical analysis; and threats to validity, such as bias
  • Determine utilization of collaborative relationships with the health team and the community to facilitate communication of team members to enhance care, promote mentorship, and strategize utilization of technology, embracing diversity while evolving therapeutic communication techniques of presencing and dialogical exchange
  • Integrate legal and ethical standards that encompass consideration of potential ethical dilemmas and promote self-integrity as well as consideration of benefit to the community
  • Coordinate and co-lead the interdisciplinary team; advocate for clients by compassionately caring for people and families using the art and science of nursing in theoretically-based practice
  • Help people flourish and find optimal meaning in their lived experiences, demonstrate sound nursing judgement, utilize critical thinking, develop scholarship, and ascertain how to promote the healthiest possible community
  • Maximize patient-centered care by co-creating health with clients, empowering people, facilitating comfort, and incorporating health promotion by synthesizing integration of the simultaneity and totality paradigm
  • Design a holistic teaching plan with understanding of the person, health, environment, and nursing
  • Continually strive for excellence through ongoing engagement in self-directed lifelong learning with participation as an active member of society in their community; working with or becoming leaders; and developing their professional identity and ability to work with teams to create innovative or evidence-based solutions to problems

All BIO and NUR courses and PSY 1050 must be completed with a grade of C or better to continue in any program; only 35 credits from the PN program will count toward cumulative credits. Only non-clinical hours/courses count toward GPA.

The BSN program includes 675 hours of theory and 225 hours of precepted time that can be completed in the student’s community or work setting.

Any student who fails to receive a passing grade in the clinical and/or didactic portion of their final semester Nursing and/or Allied Health course is considered to have failed the program and is not eligible to participate in commencement activities.

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Our BSN program graduates are positioned to manage information, incorporate technological developments to provide high-quality care, and provide transformational leadership to guide the direction of nursing and the future of health care.

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