Where to Start:

  • MSU pre-nursing students – Send an email to prenursingadvising@montana.edu to set up an advising session prior to application.
  • Transfer students – Contact a pre-nursing Academic Advisor to request an unofficial transcript evaluation prior to applying to the program. Depending on the time of year, transfer evaluations can take up to 3 weeks.  We recommend contacting an advisor for unofficial transcript evaluation as early as possible. Depending on how many pre-requisites you still have left to complete you may need to start a year or more in advance.

Deadlines:

Traditional BSN nursing students are placed into cohort groups and advance through the last five semesters of nursing courses together before graduation. It is important that students complete the application for placement prior to starting the final semester of prerequisites, to prevent a semester gap of courses. During this final semester of prerequisites students will receive notice regarding acceptance and placement.

Deadline for Spring placement:

June 15 – The NursingCAS Application and CastleBranch portal (see below) will be open for the following Spring placement
August 1 – NursingCAS will be closed at 10pm MST time and CastleBranch required sections are due
August 15 – Official transcripts are due through NursingCAS.  Summer grades will be calculated in for the Spring application
October 1 – Students will receive notification regarding placement in the Spring cohort

Deadlines for fall placement:

November 15 – The NursingCAS Application and CastleBranch portal will be open for the following Fall placement
January 2 – Nursing CAS will be closed at 10pm MT time

January 10 - CastleBranch required sections are due (please see below)
January 15 – Official transcripts are due through Nursing CAS. Fall grades will be calculated in for the Fall application
March 1– Students will receive notification regarding placement in the Fall cohort

Requirements for Application:

12 prerequisite courses completed or in process, with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.  Prerequisite courses include: 

    • CHMY 121- Introduction to General Chemistry with a face to face lab 
      • General Chemistry 1 AND 2 can be combined to meet this requirement
    • CHMY 123- Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Principles with a face to face lab 
      • Organic Chemistry 1, 2 AND a Biochemistry course can be combined to meet this requirement
    • BIOH 201- Anatomy and Physiology I with a face to face lab 
    • BIOH 211- Anatomy and Physiology II with a face to face lab 
    • BIOM 250- Microbiology for Health Sciences (no lab required) – focus on infectious diseases 
    • STAT 216- Introduction to Statistics
    • NUTR 221- Human Nutrition
    • HDFS 101- Individual and Family Development & Well-Being –Across the Lifespan OR PSYX 230 Developmental Psychology 
      • Must include content on infancy through death
    • PSYX 100- Introduction to Psychology
    • SOCI 101- Introduction to Sociology  
    • WRIT 101 – College Writing
    • US CORE, US101 or CLS 101 – Knowledge & Community
    1. A calculated GPA of 3.0 or higher in required prerequisite courses is required to apply to the nursing program. See Policy C-16.  Students are awarded placement at one of our 5 campus sites, based on their pre-requisite coursework GPA. Selection moves from the highest GPA downward until all seats are filled. Historically, this has been a GPA of at least 3.5; however, this does vary with each applicant pool. Students should work closely with their advisor each semester to ensure readiness for application. 
    2. All required prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (C- Grades are not acceptable) and no more than 2 repeats total across the required prerequisite courses. A grade of “W” counts as a repeat.
    3. At least 3 of the 5 required natural science courses must be completed with a grade of C or better to apply to the nursing program. Those courses are: BIOH 201**, BIOH 211, BIOM 250, CHMY 121 and CHMY 123. 
            **BIOH 201 (Anatomy and Physiology I) MUST be one of the three completed science courses in order to apply
    4. An MSU-Bozeman cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required prior to enrolling in the first semester of the junior year of nursing coursework. 
    5. Campus placements will be based on the student’s ranking of campus on their application. If a student is not offered their 1st campus choice, they may request placement on the wait list for the desired campus.  If they are not placed from the waitlist, the student may re-apply during the next application period. 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please note that there are two steps to the application process for placement into nursing courses. Both need to be completed by all applicants to be considered.

1) NursingCAS:

NURSING CAS portal: https://www.nursingcas.org/how-to-apply/

  • To apply to the BSN Program at MSU you must use the NursingCAS portal, the nursing profession’s online application service. The Traditional BSN application will only be available beginning on June 15th (for Spring placement) and November 15th (for Fall placement).
  • Please refer to the MSU NURSINGCAS APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS for assistance while filling out the application.
  • If you are having issues with the NursingCAS portal, please contact NursingCAS for assistance.

2) CastleBranch:

 

  • The second part of the BSN application is fulfilling requirements for clinical compliance. This requires creating an account and submitting documents through CastleBranch, a clinical compliance tracking portal. The requirements are:
    • a urine drug screen – due August 1 (for Spring placement) or January 10 (for Fall placement)
    • background check- due August 1 (for Spring placement) or January 10 (for Fall placement)
    • e-learning ** 
    • Immunization **
    • CPR - must be American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Providers **
    • Proof of Health Insurance **

**These items must be completed by the end of September (for Spring placement) or the end of February (for Fall placement)