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Baccalaureate Program (BSN)

The MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing offers the only public generic baccalaureate nursing program in the state of Montana. Since its inception in 1937, the College of Nursing has been a multi-campus program, making effective use of educational and clinical resources in the state. The College's administration is located on the main campus of MSU-Bozeman.

Undergraduates complete upper division coursework in one of the state's major populations areas: Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell or Missoula (see our Campuses page.) With their greater population concentrations, these communities possess health care facilities that provide the degree of complexity, size and diversity of patient population needed for upper division clinical experience. Each of the College's campuses has resident faculty who serve both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate clinical sections usually have eight to ten students per faculty member, and students are able to form close relationships with their faculty, advisors and fellow students.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program can be completed in eight semesters with appropriate planning (see required courses listed below or for complete information, see the MSU Catalog). The first and second years are a mixture of nursing preparatory courses and the core curriculum—courses in the arts, sciences and humanities that are required of all MSU students. By the junior year, students are well prepared to work with patients. During the junior and senior years students participate in clinical work in a variety of hospital and health care facilities in their upper division community area.

Required Lower-Division Courses

The following courses must be completed prior to progression to upper-division courses. Students are advised to consult appropriate sections of the MSU catalog regarding required prerequisites for these courses. Note: You can click on the appropriate course below to view the course description in the MSU catalog (hit 'back' on your browser to return to this course list).

Core 2.0: Foundation Courses


WRIT 101W College Writing I

CLS 101US Knowledge and Community

STAT 216Q Introduction to Statistics

Course of your choice
Contemporary Issues in Science
HDFN 221CS Human Nutrition
Core 2.0: Ways of Knowing Credits
Social Science Inquiry or Research and Creative Experience

FCS 101IS Individual & Family Development & Well Being: Lifespan


PSYX 100IS Introductory Psychology


SOCI 10IIS Introduction to Sociology



Natural Science Inquiry or Research and Creative Experience

CHMY 121IN Introduction to General Chemistry



Inquiry - Arts Inquiry or Research and Creative Experience
Course of your choice

Inquiry - Humanities Inquiry or Research and Creative Experience
Course of your choice

Other Required Courses Credits
Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab 5

BIOH 211

Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab 4
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Principles 4
Microbiology for Health Sciences 3
For information about transferring courses taken at other Montana institutions to MSU-Bozeman, contact us at (406) 994-3783.
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
Principles of Pathophysiology 3

NRSG 238

Health Assment Across the Lifespan 4



Required Upper- Division Courses

Junior Year Credits 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
NRSG 387R Research in Health Care 3


Senior Year Credits Credits
NRSG 418 Issues in Health Policy & Health Care
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
NRSG 487 Nursing Leadership & Management 6



*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 accepted. The College of Nursing does not accept "C-" as a passing grade in required courses.

Elective Credits

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. The University requires that 42 of these credits be in courses numbered 300 and above. The College of Nursing requires that 55 credits be in courses numbered 300 and above.

Placement Application Information

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