Vermont Tech offers a 1 + 1 + 2 career ladder approach to nursing education that allows students to enter and exit at multiple levels. At the successful completion of the first year, a student earns a Practical Nurse Certificate and is eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensing exam. If a student maintains a 3.0 GPA during each semester of the PN year, the student is guaranteed a “direct progression” seat in the second year, the Associate’s Degree in Nursing program. After finishing the second year, a student is eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Vermont Tech also offers a 2 year online RN to BSN program that ADN students can directly progress into if they maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester of the ADN year and pass the NCLEX-RN. This career ladder model has proven to be appealing to both directly progressing students and nurses working in the community that want to continue their nursing education.
According to Sarah M. Billings-Berg, DC, DNP, RN, CNE, Northeast Kingdom Region Site Director, Vermont Tech and a member of the OADN Academic Progression in Nursing Work Group:
“Vermont Tech offers the PN and ADN programs face to face at 4 brick and mortar campuses, and via distance teleconferencing technology to 6 additional sites around the state. We literally offer the program to every corner of the state and many places in between! Vermont Tech is currently the only nursing education institution in Vermont that offers PN and ADN levels of nursing education. We value the PN and ADN nursing roles and support their place in the nursing workforce. We additionally support progression to the BSN and beyond.”