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University accredited for new nursing program extension

July 31, 2019

CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s Castleton University has received accreditation from the New England Commission of Higher Learning for the newest extension of its nursing program.

Castleton University took over the registered nurse bachelor’s degree program previously offered by Southern Vermont College in Bennington. The college closed after the spring semester.

The Rutland Herald reports the new program will be in the Vermont Mill Building in Bennington.

It used to be home to the radiology and X-ray programs and is being renovated before the fall semester.

More than 30 students are enrolled; 25 are from Southern Vermont College.

School officials say the nursing shortage is ongoing and that 3,800 nursing positions will be vacant in the next five years.

Castleton nursing educators say there’s a plan in the works for a potential master’s program.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/