Nursing B.S.

All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements.

All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

This major leads to a Bachelor of Science. Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for the university. Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, loans, awards, and employment (see the section on Financial Aid in this catalogue). A minimum of 123 approved credits is required for the Bachelor of Science degree. Students are required to purchase a personal computer. Specifications for hardware and software requirements may be found at UVM’s Enterprise Technology Services website.

The curriculum, conducted in four academic years, provides balance between general and professional education. Courses in the sciences (biological, physical, social) and humanities serve as a foundation for the nursing courses.

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing is awarded upon completion of a minimum of 123 credits in full or part-time study. The major components of the curriculum are: required non-nursing courses, elective courses, and major nursing courses. Students must successfully achieve:

Nursing major courses66
Required non-nursing courses45
Elective courses12

Progression Policy

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.80 or better is required to remain in the nursing major. Students who do not meet the requirement are placed on academic trial for one semester. Failure to raise the cumulative GPA to 2.80 upon completion of the “on trial” semester is grounds for discontinuation from the major.
  2. A grade of C or better is required in all nursing prerequisite courses, all PRNU nursing courses and NURS courses. If this standard is not met, the course must be repeated. Academic progression to the next semester may be affected. A student who receives their first grade of C- (70-72%) or below in any nursing prerequisite course, PRNU or NURS course is required to develop an Academic Success Plan, initiated with their academic advisor.
  3. The following is grounds for discontinuation from the nursing major:
    1. Receiving a grade of C- or below in two or more nursing prerequisite courses and/or PRNU/NURS courses;
    2. and/or Receiving a W twice in the same nursing prerequisite course and/or PRNU/NURS course.
  4. For all PRNU courses with a clinical component, the student must achieve a passing grade AND satisfactory final evaluation in the clinical setting in order to pass the course. Students who do not achieve a passing grade or satisfactory evaluation in the clinical portion of the course will receive a final course grade of F, even if the student achieved a passing grade in the theory portion
    1. If a student does not pass a clinical rotation, they cannot progress in any concurrent or subsequent PRNU courses with a clinical component until they repeat the failed clinical rotation.
    2.  If a student is enrolled in a concurrent PRNU course with a clinical rotation scheduled to occur in the second half of the semester, the student will need to withdraw or will receive an overall course grade of F for the second PRNU clinical course, as they cannot proceed until the preceding clinical course failure is repeated.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of Vermont are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.