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Program Overview: Nursing
Montana State University-Northern offers multiple-entry/multiple exit nursing programs that include an Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASN) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). LPN’s may apply for advanced standing in ASN nursing courses.
Montana State University-Northern’s bachelor and associate nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Rd N.E., Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, 1-404-975-5000 and are approved by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. The associate degree program is fully approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing.
Nursing students are encouraged to meet with advisors at the beginning of each semester to confirm plans of study and make any necessary adjustments. Meeting with an advisor before registering for classes each semester will allow students to plan a schedule that will meet student needs and assist in completing requirements in an efficient manner.
The program prepares men and women for entry-level Registered Nurse positions in hospitals and other healthcare agencies. The ASN qualifies the graduate to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse. The ASN degree program is an intense, demanding, accelerated education option for students desiring the opportunity to become RN’s and enter the workforce sooner than the four-year degree.
The prerequisite year of the ASN program is offered in both Havre and Lewistown. Upon admission to the nursing program students will participate in clinical experiences at various sites in their communities. Students who begin the program in Havre can complete their second year in Havre or at the MSU-Northern Great Falls campus. Students who begin the program in Lewistown will complete the program at that site. Placement is determined by grade point average. Placement is limited at each site.
All students in the MSU-Northern Associate of Science program are required to take standardized proficiency examinations during the program. These examinations provide the student, faculty and program with information concerning student comprehension, application of nursing content and academic growth. Nursing students are required to pay fees for these examinations. These fees will be paid during the semester of the examination and are not refundable.
The BSN provides the opportunity for registered nurses to continue their education in the profession. The BSN program follows the Rules and Statutes of the Montana State Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the NLNAC. The major builds on previous nursing education and is directed toward an expanded educational base in the areas of nursing leadership and management, community health, and advanced clinical practice. The BSN graduate is prepared as a generalist to practice in varied settings and has the foundation for graduate education.
The BSN classes are online and are scheduled innovatively to meet the needs of adult, non-traditional learners. Most BSN students maintain their jobs and residences and are able to attend classes without moving to the university setting. It is usually possible to attain BSN clinical experiences in the student’s geographic area of residence.