Being a licensed nurse in Vermont is a promising career path. You must obtain a Vermont nursing license to practice as a professional nurse.
In case you have any questions about licensing, read the points below and get much information about the process.
If you choose to earn an associate degree in nursing (ADN), it will t take about two years to obtain your Vermont nursing license. On the other hand, if you pursue a Bachelor’s degree (BSN), it will take you approximately four years.
There will also be additional time for passing the exam and submitting the application for the nursing license.
You will also need to spend extra time on retaking the exam in case you do not succeed on your first trial.
No, the state of Vermont is not a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). Thus, if someone wants to become a licensed nurse in Vermont, he/she should apply by examination or by endorsement.
To begin with, you must have graduated from high school and have a high school diploma. It is advisable to take the following classes in high school:
After high school, you must enroll in a professional nursing program and earn your degree. In addition to this, you may get an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), which typically takes two or three years. Also, you may get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), which takes four years.
While an ADN is the minimum level of education you may receive, a BSN is more preferable among employers and offers opportunities of administrative and leadership positions.
These programs are to prepare you to provide nursing care in various health care systems and settings.
The average tuition for these programs is $12.000. Prices start at $7000 and vary per educational institution.
Nonetheless, some of these fees are pretty reasonable, considering their high passing rates and the quality of education. Moreover, you may apply for financial aid programs if you have financial problems with paying the fee for obtaining nursing education.
The next step is to apply to the Vermont Board of Nursing.
During this time, you may also apply for a temporary permit to work as a graduate nurse (under the supervision of a registered nurse). You can apply only within 30 days of graduation.
In the meantime, you should also take the National Council Licensure Examination and successfully pass it. To register for the exam, click here and pay the $200 fee.
If you fail the exam, you will be able to retake it. For that, you will need to submit a retake application, including a $30 fee to the Vermont Board of Nursing.
If you fail the exam the second time, you will need to take a NCLEX review course.
Vermont Board of Nursing
S. Lauren Hibbert, Director
89 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-3402
7:45 to 4:30, Monday through Friday