Students are admitted to Pre-Nursing with admission to Montana State University and admitted to Nursing when accepted to Upper Division (junior and senior level nursing courses).  

Fall 2019 Placement Application

Deadlines for the fall application round:

June 15 – The application for Fall placement will be available on the nursing website
August 1 – Applications are due
August 15 – Official transcripts are due.  Summer grades will be calculated in for the Fall application
October 1 – Students will receive letters after this date regarding placement 

Deadlines for the spring application round:

November 15 – The application for Spring placement available on the nursing website
January 2 – Applications are due
January 15 – Transcripts are due. Fall grades will be calculated in for the Spring application
March 1– Students will receive letters after this date regarding placement 

Requirements for Application:

Completion of 12 prerequisite courses 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
    • 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; this does vary with each applicant pool, however. 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 of the required prerequisites courses may be repeated 1 time to earn a grade of C or better. 
  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 upper-division 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. 
  6. Clinical Compliance: A urine drug screen, background check, e-learning, and immunization information are required at the time of application. Instructions for accessing your account, and completing the urine drug screen, background check, immunization tracking and e-learning, will be supplied in the application.  

Important Information for Clinical Compliance Tracking
We are guests in the clinical agencies utilized for experiential learning in this professional program of study. As guests, we comply with clinical agency requirements that students entering these workplaces have a Urine Drug Screen, Background Check, Immunization verification, and E-Learning on HIPAA and OSHA.Therefore, we utilize CastleBranch®, an accredited member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) for clinical compliance tracking: 

  • Information for utilizing CastleBranch®, for the following requirements will be supplied in the Upper Division application. 
    • It is very important you utilize the link provided there—and not one you may receive from another student.


  • Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screen
  • Immunization verification (see table in application and policy A-20)
    • A two-step TB test is required if you have not had annual testing prior to application
  • CPR 
    • Must be  American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Providers
      • We do not accept Red Cross or other non-AHA courses
  • Current Health Insurance
  • HIPAA and OSHA training

Details for completing this compliance tracking can be found within the application. 

  • 2018 Fees for this mandatory requirement are: 
    • 1st Compliance Tracking (at the time of application) - $168.00
    • 2nd Compliance Tracking  - $106.00
    • 3rd Compliance Tracking - $106.00 

We strongly encourage students to work closely with an MSU-Bozeman advisor and carefully read the Traditional Program Upper Division Placement Policy (Policy C-16.) 

For questions please contact the Traditional Program Coordinator or call 406-994-2660