The baccalaureate degree in nursing program, master's degree in nursing program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Montana State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
In 2009, the CCNE Board voted to grant the MSU College of Nursing 10 years of accreditation
for both the baccalaureate and masters programs.
In 2016, the CCNE Board voted to grant the MSU College of Nursing five years of accreditation
to the Doctor of Nursing practice program.
Accreditation Visit Third-Party Comments Invited
On October 15-17, 2018 the College of Nursing will host an on-site evaluation of all its programs with CCNE for the purpose of review and re-accreditation. As part of the process, an opportunity is provided for program constituents and other interested parties to submit, in writing, comments concerning our programs' qualifications for accreditation.
Third-party comments must be received by CCNE by September 24, 2018 and are to be sent to:
Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
We are looking forward to the accreditation visit and invite you to submit comments.
Sarah E. Shannon, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Dean
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 who earned the Master’s of Nursing (MN) degree and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree 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 graduate nursing program has been accredited since its inception in 1957. The accreditation process evaluates the college in relation to national standards of excellence in nursing education.All 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.
The College of Nursing has enjoyed continuous approval by the Montana State Board of Nursing since its founding in 1937 and has received continuous national accreditation since 1949. Accreditation is a voluntary process that evaluates the college in relation to national standards of excellence in nursing education. Currently, the baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Montana State University College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national accreditation agency officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.