We are very excited that you are considering joining the Bobcat Nursing family. We strive to make our application process as easy as possible. Please read the information below, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out to an advisor. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Billings 2020 Spring Cohort

Traditional BSN nursing students are placed into campus cohort groups (Billings Spring 2020 Cohort above) and advance through the last four semesters of nursing courses together before graduation. It is important to complete the application for placement prior to starting the final semester of prerequisites in order to prevent a semester gap of courses. During this final semester of prerequisites you will receive notice regarding acceptance into the program and campus cohort placement.

For students planning on applying for either Fall or Spring placement. Please watch a recording of the information session for more details. 


Spring placement

The Priority Deadline for the Spring traditional BSN program is August 1. We accept applications (and may still have available slots) up until November 15.

Placement decisions for students who submitted prior to the Priority Deadline will go out via email on October 1st. 

Fall placement 

The Priority Deadline for the Fall traditional BSN program is January 5. We accept applications (and may still have available slots) up until July 15.

Placement decisions for students who submitted prior to the Priority Deadline will go out via email on March 1st. 


Requirements for Application


 A calculated GPA of 3.0 or higher in required prerequisite courses.

    1. Be on track to complete all prerequisites prior to placement start date, with a grade of C- or better ( prerequisites must have been completed within the last 15 years). No more than 2 repeats total across the required prerequisite courses. A grade of “W” counts as a repeat. If you are interested in appealing, please contact an advisor.
    2. At least 3 of the 5 required natural science courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better to apply to the nursing program. Those courses are: BIOH 201**, BIOH 211, BIOM 250, CHMY 121 and CHMY 123. 
            **BIOH 201 (Anatomy and Physiology I) MUST be one of the three completed science courses in order to apply.
    3. Campus cohort placements will be based on your campus ranking in the application. If you are not offered your 1st campus choice, you may decline your guaranteed placement and request placement on the wait list for the desired campus. If you are not offered initial placement, you may also request a spot on the waitlist. If you are not placed from the waitlist, you may re-apply during the next application period. 
    4. Students who have been previously enrolled in, but have not completed, another nursing program will provide a letter of good standing from the institution’s nursing director in the NursingCAS application process.  The letter must address the student’s standing in the program at the time of exit and eligibility for readmission or reinstatement. 

Application Process


There are two required steps to the application process for placement into nursing courses. 

1) NursingCAS:

  • To apply to the BSN Program at MSU you must use the NursingCAS portal, the nursing profession’s online application service. All applications for the current cycle in NursingCAS open August 10th. 
  • Nursing CAS Portal 

2) Clinical Compliance Tracking: The College of Nursing utilizes Complio (American Databank), an accredited member of the Professional Background Screeners Association (PBSA). All applicants must order and complete an Application Package from Complio, which includes a background check and urine drug screen, prior to the application deadline. *Only Complio background check and urine drug screen reports are acceptable, no other organizations results will be utilized.

  • If accepted into the program you will be given information on completing the rest of the Clinical Compliance Tracking needed prior to the start of the program. 

    This requires creating an account and submitting documents through the clinical compliance tracking portal. 
    • e-learning **
    • Immunization **
    • CPR - must be American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Providers **
    • Proof of Health Insurance **

**These items must be completed prior to the start of the program, Aug 1 (fall) and Dec 1 for (spring). 


*On November 3, 2020, Montana voters passed Initiative 190 and Constitutional Amendment 118, which allows for limited recreational use of marijuana for adults age 21 and older. However, use or possession of marijuana remains a federal crime.  Per the Montana Board of Regents, the possession or use of marijuana on campus property and in MUS programs is prohibited. The MSU Code of Student Conduct described this policy in more detail including that all forms of marijuana are prohibited including tinctures, edibles and topicals. Students who use or possess marijuana on campus are subject to discipline.

 In addition, as a nursing student -- and when you become a nurse -- you are obligated to meet the clinical compliance requirements of a clinical agency. These requirements include a negative urine drug test when you apply to nursing school and annually while in the program.  Per CON policy, applicants or current students with a positive urine drug test are not allowed in the program.  Applicants may re-apply in the next admission cycle with permission of the CON Scholastic Committee.  Current undergraduate or graduate nursing students may seek reinstatement through the CON Scholastic Committee.