With the modest size of Vermont’s education system, students will find that they needn’t worry about being overcome with too many choices — however, the choices they do have are between some excellent schools. Read on to find out what the education scene looks like for different types of programs.
Licensed practical nurses who want to become RNs have several options in Vermont, and they’re making a good choice by pursuing further education. Registered nurses face a much friendlier job market in Vermont than LPNs, and they also make a significantly higher salary — and the switch can often be made with just two semesters of full-time study. Many schools such as Mount Wachusett Community College will allow LPN students to test out of beginning courses to finish early, so LPNs can come back to the job market as soon as possible.
BSN transitional programs can helps LPNs or RNs reach another level of proficiency, and nurses can choose whether to take classes online or in person, as well as how many classes they take. This gives nurses the flexibility to pursue a BSN while still working at a hospital, which is, in many cases, the only viable options. Many hospitals are requiring BSN-prepared RNs, and a large fraction of other hospitals say they strongly prefer them, so now’s the best time to hop on the boat.
Graduate Programs for Vermont Nurses
The leading nursing professions in Vermont all require graduate degrees, and these professions aren’t likely to see a decrease in demand over the next five to ten years — especially in the rural areas of Vermont.
So if this sounds like a desirable path for you, you’ll be glad to hear that Vermont nurses have access to both online and in-class graduate programs. Notable schools with online curricula include Georgetown University and Norwich University. If you want in-class experience, The University of Vermont in Burlington is your best bet.
Job Outlook for Nurses in Vermont
Vermont’s nursing professions are doing quite well, which follows the trends of the state at large. Vermont’s employment market is in excellent condition, and shows signs of improving even further, according to BLS data over the last twelve months. With unemployment at an impressively low 4.4%, anyone looking for jobs in Vermont is looking in the right place.
Within the Vermont nursing sector, those students graduating with associate’s degrees will find they have a sturdy job market when looking for nursing assistant and LPN positions. Those students who are qualified for RN positions will be even more enthusiastically greeted by employers, according to the BLS data.
But within Vermont, the professions that are really pulling ahead are those available to MSN-prepared nurses. Nurse practitioners, for example, are employed at a rate greater than 1.6 times the national average, which means that jobs should be plentiful for new graduates. Nurse midwives are even farther ahead of the pack in Vermont, with over 2.5 times more midwives employed in this state than in other states.
Licensing for Nurses in Vermont
Nurses in Vermont must have a diploma from an approved nursing program and a passing grade on the NCLEX — after that, they’re ready to pursue a license and practice in the state of Vermont.
Nursing Professions Income in Vermont
|Data from BLS 2012||10th Percentile||50th Percentile||90th Percentile|
|LPN / LVNs
* Double dashes (–) indicate data not available.