Nursing Program Goals and Outcomes

Nursing Student Graduate

The Castleton University Nursing program prepares you to think and act like a professional registered nurse (RN). Thinking and acting like an RN requires strong clinical judgment and clinical reasoning skills. 

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. Our nursing curriculum has been carefully designed to provide you with learning experiences in the classroom, in one of our nursing simulation centers, and over 800 hours of clinical experiences off-campus at several of our clinical affiliate sites in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. 

Nursing Department Mission

The mission of the Nursing program 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.

Goals & Learning Outcomes

Our 2018 NCLEX-RN pass rate was 91.3%. Through the delivery of an integrative curriculum, the Castleton Nursing program aims to assist you to:

  • Critically think, clinically reason, and apply scientific problem-solving methods to address simple and complex healthcare issues, promote the delivery of safe, high quality, cost-effective care, and translate and apply evidence to care and systems of care.
  • Intervene therapeutically, synthesizing knowledge, skills, and attitudes to provide holistic, patient-centered, and evidence-based care.
  • Communicate effectively using verbal, non-verbal, and written skills, as well as work collaboratively with other members of the interprofessional healthcare team, including patients and families
  • Act responsibly as a member of civil society and the profession including advocating at the point of service and beyond to positively transform the delivery of care and demonstrating professionalism and the ability to lead within the practice setting and profession.