Undergraduate BSN Program
The Montana State University College of Nursing has been educating students for careers in nursing since 1937. It is the oldest state-supported institution offering nursing education in Montana and the only institution offering master's degrees in nursing.
The undergraduate Baccalaureate Program has had continuous approval by the 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. The baccalaureate program includes two years of lower-division study that can be completed at any campus and two years of study at an upper-division campus site (Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula). Faculty members are assigned to a campus where they live, work and supervise students in a variety of health care agencies. Graduates of the program are recommended for admission to the licensing examination for registered nurses. MSU graduates are highly successful on the NCLEX-RN (State Board) examinations, consistently surpassing national benchmarks for pass rates.
An Accelerated BSN option is available for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing and desire to earn the BSN from the MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing’s undergraduate nursing program. The ABSN offers a cohort option at Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula.
The courses offered and the number of credits earned are identical to those in the traditional undergraduate BSN curriculum; however, they are offered in a compressed timeframe of 15 months rather than the traditional program length of 29 months. Students in the ABSN track progress through the nursing curriculum in 4 intense full-session semesters (summer, fall, spring, and final summer) graduating at the conclusion of the second summer term. Upon graduation, ABSN students are qualified to sit for NCLEX-RN, the national licensure examination to enter professional nursing practice as a registered nurse.
Curricular foundations and program outcomes for ABSN and Traditional BSN are found in Policy C-13. Program learning outcomes for graduates of the Baccalaureate Nursing Program:
1. Use a foundation of community-based professional nursing to provide holistic client centered health care in a variety of healthcare settings.
2. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, the sciences, the arts and the humanities to practice safe and effective professional nursing across the lifespan.
3. Practice leadership skills to create a safe, caring environment and deliver quality care with an inter-professional healthcare team.
4. Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, inter-professional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care.
5. Utilize evidence-based clinical judgments to assist patients with the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health; prevention of disease; and death with dignity.
6. Incorporate professional values of advocacy, altruism, autonomy, integrity, and a commitment to the health of vulnerable populations and the elimination of health disparities.
7. Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments, inducing local, state, national and global healthcare trends.
8. Utilize effective communication in professional relationships with clients in order to influence health across the health-illness continuum.
9. Utilize progressive technology and information management systems to support safe nursing practice and deliver effective, quality client care.
10. Collaborate with communities to design, implement, and evaluate population-based approaches to care for diverse populations.
11. Demonstrate cultural awareness in the care for patients across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings.
12. Manage care to maximize health, independence, and quality of life for a group of individuals that approximates a beginning practitioner’s workload.
For more information, see the Accelerated BSN Application page.
The College also works closely with Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who wish to become registered nurses (RNs) through baccalaureate education.