The baccalaureate degree program in nursing
and master's degree program in nursing at Montana State University
is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.
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 examination (NCLEX-RN) on the first try - well above the national pass rate. Graduates of the master’s in nursing program (MN) have passed the national certification exam at rates close to 100%.
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: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation
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.