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.

 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.