Montana State University

Undergraduate (BSN) Program

CO-OP Program

The "Caring for Our Own: A Reservation/University Partnership", or CO-OP program, is a nationally recognized partnership of university nursing educators with tribal leaders, reservation-based educators and native health professionals, many of whom are graduates of MSU in clinical practice and health care administration on the reservations. We are looking for students who would like to provide the very best health care available to their own people and are willing to pursue university-level education in order to do so.

Upper Division Placement Application Information

Students are admitted to Montana State University into Pre-Nursing. You are admitted to Nursing once you have been accepted to Upper Division (junior and senior level nursing courses) with the College of Nursing's application for upper division placement.


The Montana State University College of Nursing has been educating students for careers in nursing since 1937. It is the oldest state-supported institution offering nursing education in Montana and the only institution offering master's degrees in nursing.

The undergraduate Baccalaureate Program has had continuous approval by the State Board of Nursing since 1937 and has received continuous national accreditation since 1949. The accreditation process evaluates the College in relation to national standards of excellence in nursing education. The baccalaureate program includes two years of lower-division study that can be completed at any campus and two years of study at an upper-division campus site (Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula). Faculty members are assigned to a campus where they live, work and supervise students in a variety of health care agencies. Graduates of the program are recommended for admission to the licensing examination for registered nurses. MSU graduates are highly successful on the NCLEX-RN (State Board) examinations, consistently achieving very high pass rates.

An accelerated BSN option was implemented in Summer 2011 for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing and desire to earn the BSN from the MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing’s undergraduate nursing program.  This option received final approval by the Montana State Board of Nursing and the Board of Regents in 2010 and was offered in four consecutive terms on the Bozeman campus for the initial cohort of 16 students who started the option in Summer 2011.  An expansion of the option was approved by the Board of Nursing and the Board of Regents in Fall 2011 and will be implemented in Summer 2012 with a cohort of 16 students in Bozeman and 16 students in Great Falls.  The courses offered and the number of credits earned are identical to those in the traditional undergraduate BSN curriculum; however, they are offered in a compressed timeframe of 15 months rather than the traditional program length of 29 months.  For more information, see the Accelerated BSN Option page.

The College also works closely with Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who wish to become registered nurses (RNs) through baccalaureate education.