The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master's degree program in nursing,
and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in nursing 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.

In 2016, the CCNE Board voted to grant the MSU College of Nursing five years of accreditation
to the Doctor of Nursing practice program.


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 have passed the national certification exam at rates close to 100%.  All (100%) graduates who have earned the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and taken the national certification exam have passed on the first attempt.

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.





CCNE 2008 Self-Study & Abridged Appendice

CCNE Continuous Improvement Progress Report

CCNE DNP 2015 Accreditation Self-Study 


Undergraduate Program Assessment Report - 2014

Undergraduate Program Assessment Report - 2016

Undergraduate Program Assessment Report - 2017

Master’s Program Assessment Report – 2014-2016

Doctoral Program Assessment Report – 2015-2017

Graduate Program Outcomes