Nursing

A nursing education at Castleton University is built on a broad foundation drawn from the liberal arts; this is integrated with knowledge and theories from the sciences - nursing, social, behavioral, physical, and life - and skillfully applied to the practice of nursing. The focus of faculty efforts is on the personal, professional, and intellectual development of its learners. The nursing program aims to prepare learners with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed to meet the demands and challenges inherent in patient care in a rapidly evolving health care system. 

The mission of the baccalaureate nursing programs at Castleton University is to provide students with a dynamic nursing education steeped in the liberal arts; graduates are prepared to deliver high-quality care and transform care and care environments now and in the future.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Castleton University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation). The program is also approved by the Vermont Board of Nursing. Castleton offers two tracks in the baccalaureate program: the generic and the RN to B.S. The generic track is a traditional four-year pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing program. The RN to B.S. track is designed for nurses who have graduated from diploma or associate degree programs who are interested in completing the baccalaureate degree in nursing. As a candidate of this track, you will be considered individually as a transfer student and must meet the University’s B.S. requirements before graduation. For this reason, the time and number of credits required for program completion may vary.

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 possess 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 University’s B.S. requirements before graduation. For this reason, the time and number of credits required for program completion may vary.

Pre-licensure baccalaureate students are prepared for entry into practice. As well, all nursing graduates are prepared to exercise clinical leadership and take on the challenges of programs of advanced study in the discipline of nursing and related fields. Baccalaureate preparation is viewed as the foundation upon which a future career in practice, advanced nursing practice, education, public health, research, informatics, policy, and/or leadership may be built.

Faculty, students, and graduates are expected to contribute, directly and indirectly, to the health of the local and regional community and beyond through practice, service learning, civic engagement, participation in professional and social networks, scholarship, and/or academic-service partnerships.