Registered Nursing

Program Introduction

Earning an Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASN) at Missoula College prepares students to be excellent nurses who will play a vital role in patient care and recovery. Students obtain knowledge and skills to promote health, prevent disease, help patients cope with illness, and be an advocate for patients, families and communities. Registered Nurses (RNs) are employed in many different healthcare settings providing direct patient care, assessing, and recording symptoms, reactions, progress and outcomes. RNs also collaborate with other healthcare team members to help patients take steps to improve or maintain their health.

The Missoula College Nursing Program is very proud of the success our nursing students have had, not only in passing the NCLEX (National Certification and Licensing Exam), but in using the knowledge and skills obtained while at Missoula College to pursue their profession.

An ASN degree from Missoula College empowers students to become competent and caring individuals that assist in meeting the healthcare needs of the local community, region, state, nation, and the world. The nursing program offers small class sizes with a state-of-the-art skills lab. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, helping to open doors for anyone who wants to improve his or her education and career opportunities.

Our 4-semester Registered Nursing (RN) Program admits 18 students each autumn and spring semester and consists of 72-73 credits, which includes 14 prerequisite credits, 14-15 co-requisite credits, and 44 credits in nursing core courses. The 14 credits of prerequisite courses can be completed in one semester as a pre-nursing major. Additionally, it is strongly advised that students also complete the 14-15 credits of co-requisite courses before beginning the RN program. Four semesters of registered nursing core courses are required to complete the ASN degree requirements.

Our RN Program is open to all applicants who have completed or are in the final semester of completing our posted prerequisite courses. However, LPNs applying for admission should contact our program directly about potential prerequisite courses that may need to be taken, and where they would fit into the four-semester RN core curriculum.

Practical Nursing: We no longer offer a practical nursing (PN) program; however, there are a few PN programs offered in schools across Montana. Please contact these campuses directly if you are interested in applying to a PN program:  City College at MSU, Billings; Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell; and Great Falls College MSU, Great Falls.

Approval / Accreditation

The Missoula College ASN program is approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing (MT BON) (www.nurse.mt.gov), 301 South Park Avenue, Suite 401, PO Box 220513, Helena, MT, 59620-0513; 406-841-2380.
The Missoula College ASN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/nur), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-975-5000.

logo of ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing)

News & Announcements

  • CHRISTMAS TREE SALE - Sunday, Dec. 8, 8am-2pm:  Missoula College Parking Lot.  Fundraiser for nursing students embarking on a humanitarian aid trip to the Dominican Republic. See below for detalied information below about the aid trip.
  • NURSING STUDENTS FUNDRAISE for HUMANITARIAN AID TRIP in May 2020:  Missoula College nursing students will return to the Dominican Republic to work with an oppressed Haitian community that centers on an orhanage. The students and accompanying nursing faculty will administer aid and provide healthcare education to the community which has little to no access to heathcare services or clean water and face language, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers.  More details available at Nursing Students for Humanitarian Aid.
  • RN PROGRAM FALL 2020 & SPRING 2021 ADMISSION: The applications for both Fall 2020 admission and Spring 2021 admission to the Registered Nursing Program will be posted on or before February 14.  The application deadline for both admission terms will be Friday, April 3 by noon.
  • NURSING PROGRAM RANKS in TOP 5 in the STATE !  The Missoula College Registered Nursing program, which results in an associate degree and preparedness for the national RN licensure exam, ranks #4 in Montana.
  • SUCCESSFUL CAREERS for Missoula College RN Graduates

Pre-Nursing Advising

  • Nursing faculty serve as advisors for both Missoula College Pre-Nursing students and Registered Nursing students. Students must meet with an advisor at least once per semester to review registration plans for the following semester.  Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor at any time of the semester for help or guidance.
  • To make an appointment with one of the pre-nursing advisors, students access the appointment scheduler online via the UM Starfish system (http://www.umt.edu/starfish).  The website provides step-by-step instructions on how to schedule an appointment.

Completion Rates

Missoula College
3-Year Program Completion Rates

2016

2017

2018

PN

97%

PN program phased
out Dec. 2016

PN program phased
out Dec. 2016

RN

100%

100%

100%

Employment Rates

Missoula College
Employment Rates

2016

2017

2018

PN

Majority of students applied to 
begin RN Program upon graduation.

PN program phased
out Dec. 2016

PN program phased
out Dec. 2016

RN

97.2%

94.4%

96.4%

NCLEX Pass Rates

Missoula College
3-Year NCLEX Pass Rates

2016

2017

2018

PN

100%

100%

PN program phased
out Dec. 2016

RN

89.19%

86.11%

85.19%

National Average
3-Year NCLEX Pass Rates

2016 2017 2018
PN 83.70% 83.84% 85.00%
RN 83.70% 87.11% 88.28%

National Council of State Boards of Nursing  (www.ncsbn.org/exam-statistics-and-publications.htm)

Montana Board of Nursing (http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/nur)

 Program Mission Statement

  1. As the guiding principle for the Missoula College Nursing Program, the mission statement is to provide an excellent and dynamic learning environment through creative educational and clinical opportunities. This will prepare graduates for today's practice as competent and caring nurses who assist in meeting the diverse health care needs for local and global communities. The Missoula College Nursing Program pursues fulfillment of their mission through the five UM Core Themes by:

    1. Creating a supportive environment where students are mentored by knowledgeable faculty and empowered to reach their full potential;
    2. Promoting the development of knowledge and skills necessary for the intellectual, professional, and personal growth of students;
    3. Developing partnerships with local and regional healthcare facilities to establish a variety of learning opportunities and provide exposure to diverse populations;
    4. Acknowledging the necessity for lifelong learning and providing nursing education pathways to BSN or higher; and
    5. Fostering discovery and creativity, critical thinking skills, and competencies at the associate degree nursing entry level.

Applying to the RN Program

The Registered Nursing Progarm admits students two times a year: fall semester and spring semester.  The Program has an internal application process separate from application to Missoula College, therefore admission is a two-step process:
  1. Submit the nursing program application and if admitted to the program, then:
  2. Submit application to Missoula College (if not already a current student of Missoula College, Bitterroot College, or University of Montana-Missoula).

The RN application period is open for approximately 10 weeks each semester, generally from mid-February to May 1 for both fall semester and spring semester admission. Eighteen new students are accepted each semester. Meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Application eligibility, the application process, and how admission decisions are made are explained in detail on the RN Program, Application, Admission, and Curriculum webpage.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Cyndi Stary, Administrative Associate for the Department of Health Professions, at (406) 243-7846 or cyndi.stary@umontana.edu.