Montana State University

College admits first student to the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) program

August 5, 2003

 

Jamie Lorang
Jamie Lorang, a Montana native and ICU nurse from Billings, has been admitted to the first class of Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) students at MSU-Bozeman for Fall 2003. Jamie says, I am exposed everyday to patients and families who reside in surrounding rural areas and who present with unique healthcare needs. Thus my interest in rural health care has grown, along with a strong desire to further my education.

Ms. Lorang is embarking upon the newest option in the graduate program at MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing - care of adults with acute and chronic health problems, a Clinical Nurse Specialist educational program. MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing is an extraordinary institution for learning, as I have experienced first hand from my undergraduate studies, says Jamie. I look forward to continuing my studies as a MSU-Bozeman graduate student.

The part-time CNS option is a six semester program which can be completed while nurses continue to work in their current nursing positions. It is distance delivered to each of the College s campus sites in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls and Missoula. The program prepares graduates to take the Clinical Nurse Specialist national certification examination for Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing and be licensed as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

In addition to this new CNS focus area and the continuing Family Nurse Practitioner option, the College of Nursing plans to begin admitting students to a second focus area in the CNS option in Fall 2004 - Community/Public Health Nursing. Admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree in nursing with a 3.0 undergraduate gpa, GRE scores of 1000 (combined verbal and quantitative), three strong letters of reference, a positive interview with a member of the admissions committee, and satisfactory completion of the following undergraduate courses: health assessment, research and statistics. The deadline for pre-applications is January 15, 2004 and the completed final application is due February 15, 2004.

More information about these program options can be obtained by contacting Lynn Taylor in the MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing at (406) 994-3500 or lynnt@montana.edu.