Montana State University


The baccalaureate and master’s programs at Montana State University are accredited by the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202)887-6791.

CCNE seal

In 2009 the CCNE Board voted to grant the MSU College of Nursing 10 years of accreditation
for both the baccalaureate and masters programs.

Quality Indicators of Nursing Programs

The two major indicators of the quality of a nursing program are:

  • Pass rates on the national licensing or certification examinations by the graduates of a program; and
  • National accreditation and state board approval of the nursing programs of the school.

Graduates of the MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing undergraduate (BSN) program historically have passed the national licensing examintaion (NCLEX-RN) on the first try well above the national pass rate which tends to run at about 84-85%. 100 percent of the graduates of the graduate (MN) program have passed the national certification examination on the first try.

The undergraduate program has had continuous approval by the Montana State Board of Nursing since 1937 and has received continuous national accreditation since 1949. The accreditation process evaluates the college in relation to national standards of excellence in nursing education. Both of the college's programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). For more information, visit the CCNE web site at:

It is always important to consider these quality indicators when selecting a nursing program. Graduation from a nationally accredited nursing program is preferred by employers and is required by graduate programs preparing students for advanced practice nursing.

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