Nursing

The Castleton Nursing Department is built on a long-standing tradition of excellence in nursing education through evidence-based innovation. The knowledgeable and dedicated faculty are committed to meeting the needs of their students, community, the populations they serve, and the requirements of the profession. Through a combination of coursework and clinical experiences a degree from Castleton’s nursing program will prepare you for entry into professional practice and advanced study.

Approved by the Vermont Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Castleton offers both an A.S. as well as a B.S.in nursing. Upon completion of the two-year A.S. degree you will be eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse and will be qualified to function in a beginning level staff position in various health care agencies. As a graduate of the four-year B.S. degree program you will be equipped to address the needs of diverse patient populations as a result of their broadened educational scope. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to expand your career options and will posses the ability to pursue an advanced degree.

If you have an active and unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state of Vermont you may also be eligible for the RN to B.S. Completion Program. As a candidate of the program you will be considered individually as a transfer student and must meet the College’s B.S. requirements before graduation. For this reason, the time and number of credits required for program completion may vary.

In addition to Castleton’s general admission requirements applicants must meet the following criteria standards in order to be accepted into the nursing program:

  1. Minimum High School cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher.
  2. Minimum SAT scores of 500 in critical reading and math sections or ACT of 21.
  3. Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  4. Transfer students must have a minimum grade of B- in Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology.

Students matriculating into Castleton's nursing program are required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen after acceptance into the program and prior to enrollment. Final acceptance to the program is conditioned upon a satisfactory check and screening. Additional checks and/or screenings may also be required by a specific clinical affiliation site. The cost of tje background check and drug screen will be paid by the student.