Montana State University

Nursing

Advising Goals

  • Facilitate matriculation through the nursing curriculum in a timely manner.
  • Facilitate identity with professional nursing and development of leadership potential.
  • Facilitate preparation to successfully seek employment in professional nursing.

Advising Policy

New freshman or transfer students are required to attend an in-depth orientation upon entering the Pre-Nursing program. In collaboration with the Bozeman Campus Director, the Coordinator of Undergraduate Student Service is responsible for assigning new Bozeman students to a professional or faculty advisor. (Students located on the extended campuses are assigned advisors by their respective Campus Directors.) Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once each semester (usually during the pre-registration period); however, students may meet with their advisor more frequently based on their academic progress and need. During the pre-registration advising meeting, advisors will assist students in course selection and advise them regarding the upper division application process. Upper division students are assigned to a nursing faculty advisor who can assist them with internships and career options.

Students facing academic difficulties or personal issues which affect academic performance are urged to consult with their academic advisor. The advising session can be initiated by the student , the advisor or by the Campus Director. Each advising meeting is noted in the student’s advising file. Students may request a change in advisors by initiating the request with the Coordinator of Under graduate Student Services. All new professional or faculty advisors undergo an extensive orientation to the advising process.

Recent Changes

To Improve Quality of Advising

Students are asked to complete an advising evaluation each semester at the end of their advising meeting. The data from these surveys are addressed in annual reviews/evaluations.

To Improve Accessibility of Advisors

To date, accessibility of advisors has not been problematic. Advisors provide weekly office hours for student advising appointments. Student feedback remains generally positive.

Administrative oversight of the process through the Campus Directors facilitates early recognition and resolution of potential advising issues.