Montana State University

Accelerated BSN Option

Attention: Students who are interested in the Accelerated BSN option at MSU-Bozeman

Information sessions for the 2015 cohort will be offered each month in the Fall semester of 2013. All sessions will be conducted in Room 103 of Sherrick Hall from 4-5 PM.  Questions may be referred to julie.ruff@montana.edu.  The dates are as follows:

  • September: Monday, 16th
  • October: Friday, 18th
  • November: Monday, 18th
  • February: Friday, 14th

If you are not already a nurse (LPN or RN), please see the information below this section.

If you are already a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) and have a degree in another field, the Accelerated ABSN option is not designed for you.  It is an entry-level program for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing, but are not yet nurses of any kind.  Our ABSN option provides nursing education from the ground up (eg basic skills/basic nursing knowledge – things that nurses already know) to students who have no background, education, or experience in nursing at all!

If you are an LPN and interested in our traditional BSN option, please click on the link below to learn about our special program for you! (http://www.montana.edu/nursing/academic/lpn.htm)

If you are an RN and interested in pursuing a BSN, please contact one of the RN-BSN (BSN completion) programs in Montana.  They are:

MSU-Northern, Havre: www.msun.edu/academics/nursing
Salish Kootenai, Pablo: http://nursing.skc.edu
Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte: www.mtech.edu/clsps/nursing/academics/index.htm  or
The University of Great Falls: http://www.ugf.edu/Academics/BSinNursingDegreeCompletionProgram/tabid/1157/Default.aspx

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The College of Nursing at Montana State University offers an accelerated BSN degree option for students to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing -- the ABSN.  This option is available on two of the college's campuses: Great Falls and Bozeman. It is only for students who already have earned a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing.  Prospective students are required to have completed the same pre-requisite courses as the traditional students EXCEPT for WRIT 101, CLS 101, and the art, humanities, and diversity Core 2.0 requirements (see required courses below).  Once admitted to the ABSN option, students complete the BSN degree in approximately 15 months, as opposed to 29 months in the traditional program.

Students progress through the nursing curriculum in 4 intense terms (summer, fall, spring, and summer) and graduate at the concl usion 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.

Though the specific cost for each upcoming cohort is unknown at this time, the accelerated option does cost more than the traditional BSN program per semester since accelerated students are enrolled in more credits each of the four semesters of the option. There is a different tuition/fee structure between resident students and non-resident students.

Applications are available on the College ofNursing Web site on March 15th each year for the following summer's cohort. Applications are due on June 1st each year. Information sessions are held on the Bozeman campus approximately once a month. For questions regarding the Accelerated BSN Option, please contact Julie RuffMSN RN CPNP-PC at the College of Nursing at (406) 994-5795.

Applicants to the Accelerated BSN option must apply to both Montana State University­ Bozeman and to the College of Nursing. Admission into Montana State University does not guarantee placement in the Accelerated BSN option. Applicants should apply to MSU as a pre­ nursing undergraduate student. Applicants should not apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student.

1. To apply to the College of Nursing’s accelerated option:

2. To apply to MSU-Bozeman: http://www.montana.edu/admissions/apply.shtml

Applications for the ABSN option will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • evidence of a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing from a regionally accredited institution-must have a minimum cum gpa of 3.0 or higher;
  • a calculated minimum gpa of 3.0 or higher in the 10 required prerequisite courses for the
    ABSN option;
  • must have completed 3 of the 5 required science courses with a grade of C or better in order to apply;
  • no more than 2 required courses may be repeated one time to earn a grade of C or better;
  • signed affidavit form for "Abilities Required for Success in the BSN degree program;"
  • 1 page letter of interest in the accelerated BSN option (e.g."What motivates me to pursue a career in nursing by enrolling in the ABSN option at MSU");
  • two professional references (as opposed to personal references) on the reference forms provided;
  • selected students may be invited to interview sometime after September 1, following the June 1 application deadline; invited to interview does not guarantee an offer of placement;
  • completion of 20 of the 35 required prerequisite credits by September 1 following the
    June 1 deadline; and
  • a background check completed through Verified Credentials before the June 1 deadline;
  • a drug screening process completed prior to being offered placement.

Prospective students who would be eligible to begin the ABSN option the following summer and will have completed all 10 required prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better by the end of the Spring semester prior to the beginning of the option in mid-May are invited to file a completed application packet by the June 1 deadline.

The application packet must include:

  • a completed background check through Verified Credentials;
  • signed affidavit form for "Abilities Required for Success in the BSN degree program;"
  • official transcripts from every college/university attended;
  • two completed reference fom1s from professionals such as teachers or supervisors; and
  • the application form;
  • the gpa worksheet;
  • the required letter of interest in nursing and the ABSN option at MSU.

Application Deadline

June lst each year for students who desire to begin the ABSN option mid-May of the following year. No applications will be processed if received after the deadline date or are submitted without all of the required components of the application packet listed above. Once applicants have been offered and have accepted placements, they will be required to provide documentation of current health insurance, all required immunizations, professional healthcare provider CPR which covers the lifespan, and a $200 deposit to hold their placement and be applied to their first semester's tuition and fees the following summer.

Pre-requisite courses that must be completed prior to enrollment in the following Summer term are:

Core 2.0: Foundation Courses

Credits

STAT 216Q Introduction to Statistics

3

Contemporary Issues in Science
NUTR 221CS Human Nutrition

3

Total

6

Core 2.0: Ways of Knowing

Credits

Social Science Inquiry or Research and Creative Experience

FCS 15OIS Individual & Family Development & Well-being: Lifespan

3

PSYX 100IS Introductory Psychology

4

SOCI 10IIS Introduction to Sociology

3

Total

10

Natural Science Inquiry or Research and Creative Experience

CHMY 121IN Introduction to General Chemistry

4

Total

4

Other Required Courses

Credits

BIOH 201

Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab

5

BIOH 211

Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab

4

CHMY 123

Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Principles

4

BIOM 250

Microbiology for Health Sciences

3

 

Total

16

For information about transferring courses taken at other Montana institutions to MSU-Bozeman, contact us at (406) 994-3783.

The following nursing courses will be completed in the compressed timeframe over four consecutive semesters:

Lower-Division Nursing Courses

Credits

NRSG 115

Nursing as a Profession

2

NRSG 220

Foundations of Ethical Nursing

2

NRSG 225

Foundations for Planning and Providing Clinical Nursing Care

4

NRSG 258

Principles of Pathophysiology

3

NRSG 238

Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

4

Total

15

Upper Division Courses

Credits

NRSG 336

Nursing Pharmacotherapeutics

3

NRSG 341

Psychosocial Nursing Concepts

3

NRSG 346

Nursing Care of Childbearing Family

5

NRSG 348

Nursing Care of Children and Families

5

NRSG 352

Acute & Chronic Illness

5

NRSG 377

Introduction to Community-Based Nursing

2

NRSG 387R

Research in Health Care

3

NRSG 418

Issues in Health Policy & Health Care Economics

2

NRSG 437

Psychiatric Nursing

6

NRSG 444

Care Management

3

NRSG 454

Urgent and Palliative Care

6

NRSG 477

Population Based Nursing Care in the Community

6

NRSG 487C

Nursing Leadership & Management

6

Total

55

NOTE: Required nursing curriculum courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better and no more than one repeat of a course is permitted. The College of Nursing does not accept "C-" as a passing grade in required courses.