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College of Nursing
Po Box 173560
Montana State University
Bozeman , MT 59717-3560


    Elizabeth Kinion
    Elizabeth Nichols
    Clarann Weinert

Associate Professors

    Rita Cheek
    Barbara Derwinski-Robinson
    Wade Hill
    A. Gretchen McNeely
    Jean Shreffler-Grant
    Christina Sieloff
    Donna Williams
    Charlene Winters
    Karen Zulkowski

Assistant Professors

    Yoshiko Colclough
    Patricia Holkup
    Sandra Kuntz
    Susan Luparell
    Maryann Prawdzienski
    Clementine Rice
    Carolyn Wenger

Adjunct Faculty

    Deanna Babb
    Ronda Bales
    Glenna Burg
    Carolyn Caton
    Carolyn Collis
    Rebecca Echeverri
    Laurie Glover
    Steven Glow
    Janice Hausauer
    Helen J. Hendricks
    Teresa Henry
    C. Janine Hester
    Brett Hollis
    Lauri Jackson
    Sharon H. Jones
    Laura Larsson

Elisabeth Lincoln
Sheila Matye
Dorothy Mayer
Carol Moore
JoAnn Paterson
Debbie Peterson
Barbara Prescott
Julie Pullen
Susan Raph
Rachel Rockafellow
Laura Rodriquez
June Sargent
Jane Scharff
Carolyn Schmidt
Linda Torma
Teresa Wicks
Maria Wines

Degree Offered

Master of Nursing (MN)
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Clinical Nurse Leader (CLN)
Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health (CNS)

The College of Nursing's Master of Nursing (MN) degree program focuses on assessment and management of health needs and delivery of health care services in sparsely populated areas. The program strives to serve the unique health care needs of rural dwellers. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The College provides the educational preparation for many exciting opportunities to practice in rural and frontier areas of Montana. Nursing faculty are recognized nationally for their expertise in rural cultural values and health beliefs. Clinical experiences with Native American populations are available and provide students with opportunities to make a real difference in health practices of Native American and rural clients.


For admission, a student must be a graduate of a nationally accredited, upper division baccalaureate program in nursing which included supervised clinical practice in a variety of nursing settings, including community health and management. Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse is required in the state where clinical educational experiences will occur. Students are expected to have completed undergraduate nursing courses in health assessment, research and statistics (including inferential statistics) before admission.

Undergraduate cumulative grade point average, three letters of reference from professional colleagues who have current knowledge of the applicant’s professional and academic abilities, a faculty interview, and a writing sample are used to evaluate applicants for admission. Proficiency in computer skills, including e-mail and Internet access, is required for those admitted to the program. A TOEFL score of 580 or the computer equivalent is required of international applicants.

Applicants must be admitted formally to the Division of Graduate Education. See the Admission Policies and Application Requirements sections for more information.

Program Requirements

Students select one of the MN degree program specialty options (FNP, CNL, or CNS). Each student completes courses in research, advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, and finance and budgeting of health care systems. Remaining courses are determined by specialty option. The graduate student’s experience culminates in a master's thesis or professional project.

Graduate program options are available on a full- or part-time basis. Students may access graduate nursing courses through any of the College's four campus sites located in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls or Missoula. All graduate courses are offered via audio teleconference, interactive video or online. Clinical supervision is provided to students by faculty on each campus site. Travel to Bozeman is required for orientation and face-to-face coursework at the beginning of fall semester.

Non-Degree Options

Certificate in Nursing Education - open to all graduate nursing students and to nurses with at least a BSN.

Post-Master’s Family Nurse PractitionerCertificate - designed for registered nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing and desire to practice as an advanced practice nurse (APRN).

Post-Master’s Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate - designed for registered nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing and desire preparation as an APRN.

Financial Assistance

Limited financial assistance is available to full-time, degree seeking graduate nursing students. Federal Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship awards, which help defray tuition costs, may be available to full-time students who are U.S. citizens. Nurse Faculty Loan Program funds also may be available to full-time students interested in teaching. For the Loan Program students must complete requirements for the Certificate in Nursing Education along with their specialty option. Teaching or research assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and may be available to graduate students (see the Graduate Assistantships section of the Graduate for appointment criteria).

Further Information

For further information contact: Ms. Lynn Taylor, Graduate Program Assistant, College of Nursing, 119 Sherrick Hall, (406) 994-3500, e-mail:


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