RN Program Application, Admission & Curriculum

Application Eligibility Requirements

Admission to the Missoula College Registered Nursing Program is competitive. Meeting the eligibility requirements listed below does not guarantee admission.  Applicants who do not meet the application requirements will be notified as soon as possible.

  • Diploma: must have a high school diploma or equivalency
  • Prerequisite Courses: must have completed or be in the final semester of completing all nursing program prerequisite courses
  • GPA Requirements - two different GPAs are considered:
    • GPA for Eligibility: In order for an application to be considered, the applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in their most recent 60 college credits. Applicants with less than 60 college credits must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in their total college credits. Coursework from every college/university attended is included if applicable to the most recent 60 credits.
    • Competitive GPA: The competitive GPA is based on the 5 prerequisite courses. The average competitive GPA of those admitted varies from semester-to-semester depending on the number of applicants. In the past the average competitive GPA of admitted applicants has ranged from 3.40 to 3.70.
  • Prerequisite Course Grades: 
    • A minimum grade of B is required for Human Anatomy and Physiology I lecture/lab (BIOH 201/202) and be taken within 5 years of program application to be eligible to apply. A maximum of 2 attempts is allwed within a 5-year period is allowed.  
    • A minimum grade of C is required for all other prerequisite courses though higher grades are recommended in order to have a competitive application.
  • Course Age: adhere to the nursing program's course age acceptability policies as follows:
    • 5-year Policy: required Human Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology courses must be completed within 5 years of program application
    • 10-year Policy: all other nursing program prerequisite and co-requisite courses must be completed within 10 years of program application
      • Assessment of writing and math for course placement follows University of Montana guidelines and is done during orientations and at various times in the semester
      • Placement Tests: applicants with a writing and/or math pre-nursing course older than 10 years are required to take the respective placement test (http://mc.umt.edu/aac/Placement)
  • Repeated Courses:
    • Prerequisite and co-requisite courses may be attempted only twice during the stated timeframes (5 years for science courses, 10 years for all other courses).
    • Courses with grades of WP (withdrawal pass) or WF (withdrawal fail) count as an attempt.
    • The grade from the most recent course attempt is the grade used.  
  • TEAS Test Score:  The minimum Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score to be eligible for consideration is 66%.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Exams: Pass credit only is awarded for AP Exams versus a traditional letter grade. Since our prerequisite courses require a traditional letter grade for an applicant's "Competitive GPA" calculation, AP exams with passing scores are attributed a grade of “C” only.
  • CLEP Exams: College Level Examination Program or CLEP exams that have been taken in lieu of any of our prerequisite or co-requisite courses, if passed, are attributed a grade of “C” only.
  • LPN Applicants:  Any applicant who is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with a current license should meet with the Nursing Program Director for advising about potential prerequisite courses and where the student would enter into the four-semester RN core curriculum if admitted.  

Application Information

Applying to the Nursing Program

Application to the Registered Nursing Program is a two-step process:  (1) submission of the nursing program application and if admitted to the program, then (2) application to Missoula College (if not already a current student of Missoula College, Bitterroot College, or University of Montana-Missoula).

  • Nursing Program Application & Information:
    • The RN application period is open for 6 weeks for both fall and spring semester admission.
    • Eighteen applicants are selected each semester for admission.
    • Detailed application submission instructions are provided in the application. The submission deadline is by noon on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 for spring 2018 admission. Late submissions are not accepted.
  • Missoula College Application & Information:
    • If not already accepted to or a current student at Missoula College, Bitterroot College, or University of Montana-Missoula, you can wait to submit your Missoula College application until you learn if you have been accepted by the nursing program.
    • If you have been or are currently a University of Montana-Missoula student, once accepted by the nursing program, you must arrange for your academic file to be transferred to Missoula College; details are provided in the application.
    • The Missoula College application link above will take you to a link to the actual application as well as to information about transferring, financial aid, residency, housing, orientation, student services, and much more that will help prospective students learn about Missoula College.

When to Apply

  • An applicant can be in the process of completing the prerequisite courses when submitting their application.  We begin processing applications as received, but wait until the semester’s grades are posted before calculating the GPA of prerequisite courses.
    • Fall Semester Admission: the application is posted mid-February (the 14th this year) and generally has a submission deadline of noon on April 1 (the deadline is April 3rd this year because the 1st falls on a weekend).
    • Spring Semester Admission: the application is posted in mid-September and generally has a submission deadline of noon on November 1.   

Application Evaluation & Admission Decisions

Application Evaluation

Please know that all nursing programs are very competitive and the criteria used to evaluate applications to the Missoula College Registered Nursing Program are listed below. 

  • Competitive (Prerequisite) GPA:
    • 50% of the application score is the GPA of the 5 prerequisite courses (important to have excellent grades in these courses). The average prereq GPA for students admitted during the last 2 semesters is 3.84 and 3.73 respectively.
  • TEAS Score: 
    • 25% of the application score is comprised of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score.  The minimum score considered is 66%. The average score of students admitted during the last two admission cycles is 73%.
      • The TEAS test is a 4-hour comprehensive online test offered to nursing program applicants on the Missoula College campus 3-4 times in the days just following the application deadline. 
      • The cost of the test is approximately $55 if taken on our campus proctored by our nursing faculty and staff. If taken elsewhere, there is generally a proctor fee of $35 to $50. 
      • Searching online for nursing TEAS will yield wealth of information about the test and preparation materials.
  • Interview: 
    • 25% of the application score is the interview (doing well in the prereqs and on the TEAS test is critical to being invited for an interview)
    • For Fall Admission: Interviews are generally scheduled on a date between mid-May and early June.
    • For Spring Admission: Interviews are generally scheduled on a date between mid-November and early December.
    • Applicants will be notified whether or not they will be invited to be interviewed. 
  • CNA / LPN Experience: 
    • An additional 5% will be added to the total application score for an applicant holding one of the following:
      • a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certificate and who have a minimum of 120 hours of experience as a CNA that has occurred within 5 years of application submission
      • a current LPN license and who have a minimum of 120 hours of experience as an LPN that has occurred within 5 years of application submission

Admission Decisions

  • Admission decisions are finalized once the current semester's final grades are officially posted.  
  • All applicants will be notified of the admission decision made about their application.
  • Applicants often have to apply more than once to be admitted to our program because only 18 spots are available due to the required faculty/nursing student ratio. All nursing program are competitive.  

Prerequisite Courses

  • Transfer Credits and grades are accepted only from courses that are transferable from regionally-accredited colleges and universities.
  • General Education Courses: * below indicates courses that meet Missoula College and UM general education requirements.

Missoula College
-UM Course

Acceptable Course(s)

Credits Required

Comments

*BIOH 201/202,
Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

Must take a Human Anatomy and Physiology course for 4 semester credits, including a lab.  Must earn a B- grade or better.

*CHMY 121, Introduction to General Chemistry

*CHMY 122, Introduction to General Chemistry Lab

Any general chemistry course with a lab

Must be a total minimum of 4 credits either by:

- 3 cr. for lecture and 1 cr. for lab OR
- 4 cr. of combined lecture and lab

Transfer and higher-level chemistry courses with accompanying lab must be reviewed by the Nursing Program Director for determination if an acceptable substitution.

*M 121, College Algebra

M 115, Linear & Probability
M 171, Calculus I
also: 
M 152, Pre-Calculus with Algebra;
M 153, Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry

3 credits

An acceptable math course equal to or greater than 10 years old, must be supplemented with a math placement test, scoring to level 4 or higher.

WRIT 101, College Writing

College Writing or College Composition

3 credits

An acceptable writing course equal to or greater than 10 years old, must be supplemented with a writing placement test, scoring to level 3 or higher.

Total Prerequisite Credits:

14 Credits
(See required corequisite courses below.)

It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that students take the corequisites listed below (required to graduate) prior to entering the program because there may be schedule conflicts with nursing clinical due to access to hospital availability AND it will set you up for SUCCESS in the nursing program!!!   

Co-requisite Courses

  • Transfer Credits and grades are accepted only from courses that are transferable from regionally-accredited colleges and universities.
  • General Education Courses: * below indicates courses that meet Missoula College and UM general education requirements.
  • Minimum Grade Requirements:
    • For corequisite courses, a minimum grade of C is required with the exception of Anatomy and Physiology II, in which a B is required.

Missoula College-UM Course

Acceptable Course(s)

Credits Required

Comments

*BIOH 211/212,
Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

Must take A&P II for 4 credits with a lab and earn a B-grade or better.

*BIOM 250N,
Microbiology for Health Sciences

*BIOM 251,
Microbiology for Health Sciences Lab
(offered spring semesters only)

Microbiology courses with "Microbiology" in the title and must be medical-related

Must be a total of a minimum of 4 credits either by:

  • 3 cr. for lecture and 1 cr. for lab
  • 4 cr. of combined lecture and lab
*PSYX 100S,
Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology or
General Psychology

3 or 4 credits

No higher level psychology course is acceptable as a replacement

SOCI 101S,
Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology or
Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Total Co-requisite Credits:
14-15 Credits
(co-requisites also listed with nursing core courses below)

Nursing Core Courses

  • Transfer Credits and grades are accepted only from courses that are transferable from regionally-accredited colleges and universities.
  • General Education Courses: * below indicates courses that meet Missoula College and UM general education requirements.
  • Minimum Grade Requirements:
    • For all NRSG subject courses, a minimum grade of B is required in order for a student to progress in the nursing program. Student receiving less than a B in any NRSG course will receive a program withdrawal and can reapply to the program at a later time.
    • For corequisite courses, a minimum grade of C is required with the exception of Anatomy and Physiology II, in which a B is required.

Missoula College-UM Course

Acceptable Course(s)

Credit(s)

Comments

First Semester:  11-15 Credits

*BIOH 211/212, Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Human Anatomy and Physiology - 2nd level

4 credits

Must take A&P II for 4 credits with a lab and earn a B-grade or better.

Corequisite—it is strongly suggested to take prior to entering the ASN program, but  MUST be completed before 2nd semester of ASN program below.

NRSG 230, Nursing Pharmacology LPN applicants see Nursing Program Director 3 credits
NRSG 231, Nursing Pharmacology Lab none

2 credits

NRSG 232, Foundations of Nursing LPN applicants see Nursing Program Director

3 credits

NRSG 233, Foundations of Nursing Lab none

3 credits

Second Semester:  11-15 Credits
*PSYX 100S, Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology or
General Psychology

No higher level psychology course is acceptable as a replacement

3-4 credits

Corequisite—it is strongly suggested to take prior to entering the ASN program, but  MUST be completed before 3rd semester of ASN program below.

NRSG 234, Adult Nursing I LPN applicants see Nursing Program Director 3 credits
NRSG 235, Adult Nursing I Clinical none

2 credits

NRSG 236, Health & Illness of Maternal Nursing LPN applicants see Nursing Program Director 2 credits
NRSG 237, Maternal Nursing Clinical none

1 credit

NRSG 256, Pathophysiology LPN applicants see Nursing Program Director

3 credits

Third Semester:  12-15 Credits
*SOCI 101S, Introduction to Sociology Introduction to Sociology or
Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Corequisite—it is strongly suggested to take prior to entering the ASN program, but  MUST be completed before 4th semester of ASN program below.

NRSG 244, Adult Nursing II none

3 credits

NRSG 245, Adult Nursing II Clinical none 2 credits
NRSG 246, Health & Illness of Child & Family Nursing none 2 credits
NRSG 247, Child & Family Nursing Clinical none 1 credit
NRSG 254, Mental Health Concepts LPN applicants see Nursing Program Director 3 credits
NRSG 255, Mental Health Clinical none 1 credit
Fourth Semester:  10-14 Credits

*BIOM 250N, Microbiology in Health Sciences

*BIOM 251, Microbiology Lab
(Note: lab is offered spring semesters only.)

Microbiology courses with "Microbiology" in the title and must be medical related.

Must be a total of a minimum of 4 credits either by:

  • 3-credit lecture and 1-credit lab
  • 4 credits of combined lecture and lab

Corequisite—it is strongly suggested to take prior to entering the ASN program due to limited availability.

NRSG 259, Adult Nursing III none 3 credits
NRSG 260, Adult Nursing III Lab none 1 credit
NRSG 261, Adult Nursing III Clinical none 2 credits
NRSG 266, Managing Client Care for the RN none 2 credits
NRSG 267, Managing Client Care Clinical none 2 credits

NRSG Course Credits:
Corequisite Credits:
Pre-Nursing Credits:
TOTAL ASN DEGREE CREDITS:

44
14-15
14
72-73

Contact Us

For more information please contact the Nursing Program Administrative Associate, Cyndi Stary, at (406) 243-7846 or via email at cyndi.stary@umontana.edu.

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