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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 combined Critical Reading and Math SAT scores of 1000.
  2. Graduation from high school in top 25% of the class.
  3. Evaluation of prior post-secondary course work.
  4. Approval by the Nursing Department Student Affairs Committee.
  5. All candidates applying for admission to the RN to B.S. Completion Program should submit a resume and one letter of recommendation written by a direct supervisor.

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