Montana State University

About the College

Our Mission

Our mission is to enhance the health of the people of Montana, our nation, and the global community by providing leadership for professional nursing through excellence in education, research, practice and service.

Accordingly, we:

  • Inspire baccalaureate and graduate students, within a diverse, challenging, and engaging learning environment, to become leaders in the practice of professional nursing.
  • Create an interactive environment in which faculty and students discover, learn, and integrate knowledge into nursing practice.
  • Serve as leaders in nursing by generating, translating, and disseminating knowledge through research and scholarly activities.
  • Promote health and wellness through professional practice, collaboration, consultation, civic engagement, education, and leadership.

Our Vision Statement

MSU College of Nursing will be internationally recognized for innovation, discovery, excellence and leadership in education, research and practice.

Overview & History

The MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing

  • is one of seven colleges within the university.
  • is the only publicly supported, generic baccalaureate nursing program in Montana.
  • is the largest supplier of baccalaureate-prepared nurses for service in the state.
  • is Montana's sole provider of graduate nursing education, offering a rurally-focused Master of Nursing program that prepares students for certification as family nurse practitioners (FNPs) and clinical nurse leaders (CNLs).

The MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing was founded in 1937 and has received continuous national accreditation since 1949. Since its inception, the College has been a multi-campus program, making effective use of educational and clinical resources in the state. The College's administration is located on the main campus of MSU-Bozeman, where most undergraduate students complete lower division nursing requirements. Students move to one of the campuses located in the state's major populations areas, Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula, to complete their upper division course work. With their greater population concentrations, these communities possess health care facilities that provide the degree of complexity, size and diversity of patient population needed for upper division clinical experience. Each of the College's campuses has resident faculty who serve both undergraduate and graduate students.  

As a multi-site program in a rural setting, the College meets a number of challenges related to maintaining program identity and quality in each location.  At the graduate level, for example, accessibility is balanced with close supervision by combining distance education, "face-to-face" classes and on-site clinical supervision. Graduate students may access courses from any of the College's four campuses via teleconference, online, and interactive video.