Montana State University

College of Nursing

Helen Melland, Dean
Donna A. Williams, Associate Dean

College of Nursing
PO Box 173560
Montana State University
Bozeman , MT 59717-3560


    Elizabeth Kinion; oral health, health disparities
    Helen Melland: interdisciplinary education, faculty roles and responsibilities Jean Shreffler-Grant; allopathic and complementary health care: health literacy

Associate Professors

    Yoshiko Colclough; oncology: end-of-life decision making, minority populations
    Barbara Derwinski; women's health: health disparities
    Wade Hill; public health: environmental exposures
    Patricia Holkup; elder abuse; historic trauma, health disparities
    Sandra Kuntz; community/public health: environmental heath, disaster, health disparities
    Susan Luparell; nursing education
    Kathleen Schachman; postpartum depression, military families
    Christina Sieloff; administration/nursing theory: impact of groups of clinicians on patient outcomes
    Carolyn Wenger; homeless populations, social networking
    Donna Williams; cardiovascular physiology: microcirculation, permeability, capillary function
    Charlene Winters; chronic illness, rural health, asbestos-related disease, heart failure
    Karen Zulkowski; wounds, pressure ulcers, nurse's knowledge of wound care

Assistant Professors

    Laura Larsson; environmental public health: radon exposure, health disparities
    D. "Dale" Mayer; cardiovascular; grief and loss, palliative care, end-of-life issues, sudden cardiac heath
    Teresa Seright; acute care: rural nurse decision-making, critical access hospitals
    Linda Torma; gerontology: pain, fibromyalgia, resilience, physical function

Adjunct Faculty

    Deanna Babb; MN, APRN, FNP
    Kelli Begley; MSN, APRN, CNS, FPMHNP
    Gelene Berkram; EdD, FNP
    Glenna Burg; MS, RN, Certified Nurse Educator
    Laurie Glover; MN, APRN, FNP
    Linda Keddington; MS, APRN
    Laura Marx; MSN, CFNP, RN
    Karrin Sax; MSN, RN, WHNP
    Jennifer Sofie; MSN, APRN, ANP, FNP
    Maria Wines; PhD, PNP

Degree Offered

Master of Nursing (MN)
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Clinical Nurse Leader (CLN)
Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health (CNS)

The College of Nursing's Master of Nursing (MN) degree program focuses on assessment and management of health needs and delivery of health care services in sparsely populated areas. The program strives to serve the unique health care needs of rural dwellers. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The College provides the educational preparation for many exciting opportunities to practice in rural and frontier areas of Montana. Nursing faculty are recognized nationally for their expertise in rural cultural values and health beliefs. Clinical experiences with Native American populations are available and provide students with opportunities to make a real difference in health practices of Native American and rural clients.


For admission, a student must be a graduate of a nationally accredited, upper division baccalaureate program in nursing which included supervised clinical practice in a variety of nursing settings, including community health and management. Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse is required in the state where clinical educational experiences will occur. Students are expected to have completed undergraduate nursing courses in health assessment, research and statistics (including inferential statistics) before admission.

Undergraduate cumulative grade point average, three letters of reference from professional colleagues who have current knowledge of the applicant’s professional and academic abilities, a faculty interview, and a writing sample are used to evaluate applicants for admission. Proficiency in computer skills, including e-mail and Internet access, is required for those admitted to the program. A TOEFL score of 580 or the computer equivalent is required of international applicants.

Applicants must be admitted formally to The Graduate School. See the Admission Policies and Application Requirements sections for more information.

Program Requirements

Students select one of the MN degree program specialty options (FNP, CNL, or CNS). Each student completes courses in research, advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, and finance and budgeting of health care systems. Remaining courses are determined by specialty option. The graduate student’s experience culminates in a master's thesis or professional project.

Graduate program options are available on a full- or part-time basis. Students may access graduate nursing courses through any of the College's five campus sites located in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell, or Missoula. All graduate courses are offered via audio teleconference, interactive video or online. Clinical supervision is provided to students by faculty on each campus site. Travel to Bozeman is required for orientation and face-to-face coursework at the beginning of fall semester.

Non-Degree Options

Certificate in Nursing Education - open to all graduate nursing students and to nurses with at least a BSN.

Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate - designed for registered nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing and desire to practice as an advanced practice nurse (APRN).

Post-Master’s Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate - designed for registered nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing and desire preparation as an APRN.

Financial Assistance

Limited financial assistance is available to full-time, degree seeking graduate nursing students. Federal Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship awards, which help defray tuition costs, may be available to full-time students who are U.S. citizens. Nurse Faculty Loan Program funds also may be available to full-time students interested in teaching. For the Loan Program students must complete requirements for the Certificate in Nursing Education along with their specialty option. Teaching or research assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and may be available to graduate students (see the Graduate Assistantships section of the Graduate for appointment criteria).

Further Information

For further information contact: Ms. Lynn Taylor, Graduate Program Assistant, College of Nursing, 119 Sherrick Hall, (406) 994-3500, e-mail:


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Updated: December 2011