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 2-year Registered Nursing (RN) Program admits 18 students each autumn and spring semester and consists of 73 credits, which includes 14 prerequisite credits, 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 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 four schools across Montana offering mostly on-line PN programs. Please contact these campuses directly if you are interested in applying to a PN program:  (1) Blackfeet Community College, Browning; (2) City College at MSU, Billings; (3) Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell; and (4) Great Falls College MSU, Great Falls.

Pre-Nursing Advising

News & Announcements

  • APPLICATION to the Registered Nursing Program for spring 2018 admission will post on September 15 with a submission deadline is November 1, 2017 by noon.
  • SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:  for current scholarship announcements, please see the nursing program Student Resources webpage (http://mc.umt.edu/nursing/nursing-student-resources.php).

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) (www.acenursing.org), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-975-5000.

logo of ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing)

Completion Rates

Missoula College
3-Year Program Completion Rates

2014

2015

2016

PN

97%

100%

97%

RN

100%

100%

100%

Employment Rates

Missoula College
Employment Rates

2014

2015

2016

PN

Most students apply to begin RN Program upon graduation.

RN

86.1%

94.3%

Incomplete

NCLEX Pass Rates

Missoula College
3-Year NCLEX Pass Rates

2014

2015

2016

PN

100%

100%

100%

RN

88.57%

94.29%

89.19%

National Average
3-Year NCLEX Pass Rates

2014 2015 2016
PN 82.16% 81.89% 83.70%
RN 81.79% 84.51% 83.70%

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

Montana Board of Nursing:  http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/nur_board/board-page.asp

Program Application & Eligibility

  • Nursing Program Application:  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). The RN application period is open for 6 weeks each semester, generally from mid-February to April 1 for fall semester admission, and mid-September to November 1 for spring semester admission. Eighteen new students are accepted each semester. Meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee admission.
  • GPA Requirements - two different GPAs are considered:
    • GPA for Eligibility: In order for an application to be considered, the applicant must have an overall GPA for ALL college coursework of a minimum 2.75. Coursework from every college/university attended is included in this GPA calculation.
    • Competitive GPA: The competitive GPA is based on the 5 prerequisite courses. The average competitve GPA of those admitted varies from semester-to-semester depending on the number of applicants. In the past the average competitve GPA of admitted applicants has ranged from 3.40 to 3.70.
  • Anatomy and Physiology Grades:  Students must receive a B or better in Anatomy and Physiology I lecture/lab (BIOH 201/202) to be eligible to apply. A maximum of 2 attempts within a 5-year period is allowed. (Note: A grade of B is also required for the co-requisite Anatomy and Physiology II, BIOH 211/212.)
  • Repeated Courses:  Prerequisite and co-requisite courses may be taken only twice during the stated timeframes (5 years for science courses, 10 years for all other courses). 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%.
  • 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.

Mission Statement

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 todays 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 six UM Core Themes by:

  • Creating an environment of collaboration and mentorship among faculty, students and staff;
  • Promoting the development of knowledge and skills necessary for the intellectual, professional, and personal growth of students;
  • Acknowledging the necessity for lifelong learning and providing nursing education pathways to BSN or higher;
  • Building upon the rich tradition of teaching excellence and high academic and collegial standards;
  • Fostering discovery and creativity, critical thinking skills, and competencies at the practical and associate degree nursing entry level;
  • Creating profession and community partnerships, interpersonal relationships, and providing exposure to diverse populations.

Contact Us

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