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 is committed to meeting the needs of diverse learners, the  community populations served, and the requirements of the profession. Through a combination of coursework , simulated and varied practice-setting experiences, you will be prepared for evidence-based practice in a complex healthcare system and advanced education in nursing. 

The Baccalaureate program at Castleton is approved by the is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and 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 College’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 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. Graduation from high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  2. Minimum SAT scores of 500 each in critical reading and math sections (ACT of 21).
  3. Evaluation of prior post-secondary course work.
  4. Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  5. Transfer students must have a minimum grade of "B-" in Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology.
  6. Nursing faculty approval.

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 the background check and drug screen will be paid by the student.