Becoming an LPN in Vermont
Vermont Technical College offers the only practical nursing program in the state of Vermont. However, the program is offered across the state on campuses in Bennington, Brattleboro, Randolph Center and Williston and at distance education sties in Lyndonville, Middlebury, New Port, St. Albans, Springfield and White River Junction. An aging population has led to an increase in demand for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) nationwide. Vermont LPNs earn around an hourly wage of $22.03 or annual salary of $45,830, which is roughly $1,800 more per year than national average.
Details on Vermont LPN Schools & Classes
Vermont Technical College offers its practical nursing certificate program on campuses across the state as well as via distance learning programs. The program is designed to be completed in one year of full-time study.
Courses in the Vermont Technical College practical nursing program include:
- Human Anatomy & Physiology
- Principles and Practices of Nursing
- The Nurse-Client Relationship
- Pharmacology for Nursing
- Human Growth & Development
- Principles & Practices of Nursing LAB
The Vermont Technical College practical nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Nursing program accreditation is a volunteer and peer-review process by which a school’s education program is evaluated according to specific standards. This means that an aspiring LPN student can be assured that a properly accredited program will provide a high quality nursing education and will prepare him or her for the important NCLEX-PN exam following graduation.
Before applying to any LPN program, it is critical to make sure you meet or exceed all the entrance requirements. While specific entrance requirements may vary slightly from school to school, Vermont Technical College requires the following:
- Completion of Vermont Tech application or Common Application
- Official high school transcript or official GED scores
- Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended
- Vermont Tech placement test scores
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal essay or writing sample
In addition, accepted applicants also need to complete a fingerprint-based background check as well as drug testing for some nursing sites.
Tuition and Costs
Deciding how you will pay for your practical nursing education is an important consideration for aspiring LPNs. In general, costs for a practical nursing program include tuition, mandatory school and course fees and supplies (including textbooks, stethoscope, etc.). In addition, students should factor in the costs of housing and/or commuting to classes into the total price tag. Financial aid, loans, and scholarships are options to consider for those who need assistance covering the costs of their LPN program.
The estimated tuition cost for the practical nursing program at Vermont Technical College is $20,064 for Vermont residents and $42,339 for non-residents. This tuition cost does not include additional mandatory fees, required materials such as textbooks or room and board.
Vermont LPN Licensing Requirements
To become an LPN in Vermont, individuals must complete a practical nursing education program such as the one offered at Vermont Technical College. Once that is complete, he or she must sit and pass the NCLEX-PN exam—the required state-test to show proficiency.
In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the Vermont Board of Nursing, including:
- Official transcript from nursing education program
- Proof of passing score of the NCLEX exam
- Application fee of $60
- CPR Certification Card
NCLEX Exam Information
Before a practical nursing program graduate can receive licensure, they must first sit for and pass the NCLEX-PN examination. Your LPN program coursework should adequately prepare you for this important exam. To read more about the NCLEX-PN exam, please visit our overview page here. In addition, our NCLEX-PN practice test is available to help students prepare and study.
LPN Reciprocity and eNLC
Vermont is currently pending legislation which will add them to the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). The eNLC allows nurses in participating states to practice between them without having to seek additional licensure.
LPNs who have been licensed in a non-eNLC state may be licensed in Vermont if they are licensed or certified in good standing in another jurisdiction in which the standards and qualifications required in that jurisdiction are substantially equivalent to Vermont’s and must have worked a minimum of 50 days (400 hours) in the last two years or 120 days (960 hours) in the last five years under that license. LPNs can apply for licensure by endorsement in Vermont by submitting proof of current licensure and having passed the NCLEX as well as the application fee of $150.
The table below lists career information retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Vermont. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
|Area||Total Employment||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary|
|Burlington, South Burlington||450||$23.38||$48,620|
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Vermont LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
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Additional VT Nursing Resources
- Vermont State Board of Nursing
81 River Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-1106
Phone: (802) 828-2396
- Vermont State Nurses Association
4 Carmichael Street, Suite 111, #215,
Essex, Vermont 05452
Phone: (877) 810-5972 x704
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