Dean's Welcome

Dean Helen MellandWelcome to the website for the College of Nursing at Montana State University. It is an exciting time to be a nurse! As the changes in our national health care system evolve, nurses will have greater opportunities to provide affordable, effective, evidence based care. The College of Nursing offers a variety of educational programs and learning opportunities that prepare our graduates for this exciting, rapidly changing world of health care. This website will provide you with information about those different programs as well as the college in general.

The college has four campuses and one outreach site where our baccalaureate program is offered. Educational experiences may vary among the campuses but are always excellent within a consistent curriculum. In addition to our traditional baccalaureate program, we offer an accelerated program on our Bozeman and Great Falls campuses to students who already have a degree in another discipline.

Our master’s program prepares clinical nurse leaders. The doctorate in nursing practice program prepares family nurse practitioners and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. Graduates of this program have expertise in primary care as well as in health policy, leadership, and systems thinking. All graduate classes are delivered using distance technologies.

Faculty in the college are not only excellent teachers but also active researchers. For example, they are testing interventions that could assist Native American children with advanced stages of tooth decay and the elderly with end-of-life decision-making. An intervention for military wives with post-partum depression is being developed and remedies for unintentional exposure of Native American children to methylmercury are being investigated. Patient safety, assisting individuals to better understand complimentary and alternative therapies, plus studies of how to improve diagnosis and treatment of wounds are included in the college’s research portfolio. From studies of the resilience of older adults with fibromyalgia pain to in-depth understanding of health care needs among Native Americans, College of Nursing faculty seek to better serve Montanans and those beyond, building a healthy future for all. The activities of our faculty scholars are supported by the Office of Research and Scholarship within the college.

Our students are high achievers and are well prepared for professional practice. Graduates of the baccalaureate program consistently pass the NCLEX licensing examination at a rate well above the national average as do our nurse practitioner graduates as they write the national certification exam.

This tradition of excellence has been in place for 75 years and we look forward to building on this success for the next 75 years. Whether you are a prospective student or faculty member, an alumus, or a friend of the College, I invite you to explore our website to learn more about the College. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you more about the college and nursing as a career.

Helen Melland, PhD, RN
Dean and Professor