VTC to Offer New Online Degree Programs

Randolph — Vermont Technical College will offer a new online business degree program beginning in August. The college is also in the process of starting an online nursing program.

The bachelor’s degree in applied business management will focus on high-tech applied business skills and management and leadership skills related to career growth in business and industry. The curriculum will include many of the same courses in the college’s existing bachelor’s degree program in business technology and management.

President Philip A. Conroy called the new program “the next step in Vermont Tech’s evolution” as a leader in applied learning and distance learning.

To enter the online program, students must have completed 50 credits in any subject from an accredited college. In addition to online courses, they may enroll in “on-the-ground” classes at the college’s Randolph Center and Williston campuses.

Vermont Tech currently offers nursing courses at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at seven nursing campuses throughout the state. Now, the college has applied to the Vermont State Board of Nursing to start an online bachelor of nursing program.

The online program will provide “a seamless pathway from the practical nursing or associate’s degree to the bachelor’s degree in nursing,” Conroy said. “Students who do not have the income or time to complete four years of school in sequence, will now be able to work at their own pace and within their means to achieve this impressive degree.”

The program would prepare nurses for a professional role away from the bedside, with coursework in nursing science, research, leadership and nursing informatics, the college said. Pending final approval, it will begin in the fall.