Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Technical College, Copley Hospital, and a multi-faceted Workforce Development Group are pleased to announce that an Associate Degree in Nursing program will be available again in Lamoille County thanks to technology and partnerships. Representatives from Vermont Technical College, Northern Vermont University/Johnson State College (JSC) Distance Education Programs, Copley Hospital, The Manor, Green Mountain Technical & Career Center, Lamoille Home Health & Hospice, Visiting Nurses Association of Vermont, Morrisville After School Program, and the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce formed a Workforce Development Group in July 2017 with the goal to bring a nursing degree program to Lamoille County.
Northern Vermont University/JSC Distance Education Programs and Vermont Tech partnered to successfully apply for a Rural Utilities Service (RUS) grant that funded the installation of interactive videoconferencing studios for distance education. Vermont Tech’s nursing department will utilize this distance technology classroom to offer an Associate Degree in Nursing in collaboration with Northern Vermont University/Johnson State College and Copley Hospital.
“We are excited to provide the clinical practicum component of Vermont Technical College’s nursing degree,” said Lori Profota, Chief Nursing Officer at Copley Hospital. “Copley and all of our partners in the Workforce Development Group are committed to nurturing and investing in future nurses and in continuing education for all nurses to ensure excellence and the delivery of safe quality care.” Profota explains that each student will receive a complete immersion experience under the direct oversight of a professional nurse educator. “They will be a member of our interdisciplinary team, fully integrated into our daily clinical care.”
Vermont Tech’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program in Lamoille County will consist of nine (9) students, called “the Morrisville cohort,” and utilize a wired classroom at Northern Vermont University/Johnson Campus (currently Johnson State College). The cohort will be one of several sites simultaneously using interactive videoconferencing technology to receive Vermont Tech’s theory and classroom instruction. The Morrisville cohort will complete their required clinical hours at Copley Hospital and at various other practices and agencies in Lamoille County. The 9-month program qualifies graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.
Registration is now open for the “Morrisville Cohort” of Vermont Tech’s ADN program. Applications are due by March 15, 2018. Prospective students must hold an active unencumbered LPN license to qualify for admission into the ADN program.
About Vermont Tech Nursing Programs
Vermont Tech offers a 1 + 1 + 2 career ladder approach to nursing education where students can exit and enter at multiple levels. The Practical Nursing Program is a 10-month certificate program that qualifies graduates to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensing exam. At the completion of the PN program, graduates can exit to join the nursing workforce as LPNs or continue on to the Associate Degree in Nursing Program. The ADN program is a 9-month program that culminates in the associate degree and qualifies graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Graduates then typically join the nursing workforce as RN’s and many concurrently continue their education in Vermont Tech’s two-year RN-to-BSN program. The BSN program can be taken part time while new RNs acclimate to their new roles, or the BSN program can be taken full-time and completed in as little as 18 months.
About Copley Hospital
Copley Hospital offers exceptional care from skilled specialists using state-of-the-art treatments and technology supported with the warm, personalized feel of a community hospital. Copley offers 24-hour emergency services, a family-friendly Birthing Center, and inpatient and outpatient care including Cardiology, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation Services, and Diagnostic Imaging on its campus in Morrisville. A non-profit community hospital, Copley serves the greater Lamoille County region and is one of the area’s largest employers. Visit http://www.copleyvt.org or call 802-888-8888 for more information.