The number of nurse practitioners in Vermont, as of 2012, was just under 400, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012). NPs in Vermont have opportunities in pediatric, adult and gerontological settings, as well as in primary care. The impact that NPs can have on patients, care settings, and the healthcare system in general is significant. Many more patients will likely be seeking care as a result of healthcare reform and the individual mandate for insurance coverage, and providers may be needed to meet a possible increase in demand for services. NPs represent a cost effective means to expanding primary care services, and, as a result, the profession may expand in the future. That said, it is a great time to look into earning your NP degree in Vermont.
Nurse practitioners in Vermont practice under collaborative practice agreements with local physicians, allowing for oversight and interdisciplinary collaboration. The mean annual salary for a Vermont nurse practitioner is $86,370 (BLS, 2012), which is commonly greater than that of a traditional RN salary.
If you are ready to boost your earning potential, expand your nursing knowledge base, and act as a nurse leader to your peers, furthering your education is a great way to start. Below, you will find featured schools that offer online courses for earning your NP, as well as ground based programs. Please request as much information as you need, in order to make the best decision regarding your advanced nursing education. NP programs for Vermont nurses include:
- The University of Vermont. The University of Vermont currently offers a Master's-level Family Nurse Practitioner program, but is getting ready to transition their nurse practitioner training to a doctoral degree program. (The American Association Colleges of Nursing recommends that a doctoral degree be the minimal degree for entry into advanced practice nursing by 2015.) The inaugural Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will begin classes in the fall of 2013.
- Georgetown University. Georgetown University in Washington D.C. offers two online NP programs that are accessible to nurses Vermont: a Family Nurse Practitioner program and a Nurse Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program. Classes are web-based, and clinical experiences can be arranged close to home.
- Drexel University. Although based in Philadelphia, Drexel University offers Vermont nurses a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program online. Adult Acute Care and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs are also available online, but both of those programs require visits to the Philadelphia campus.