Health Professions

Registered Nursing

Mission Statement

The mission of the Missoula College Nursing Program is to pursue academic excellence to promote the preparation of students to become competent and caring individual for entry-level positions to help meet the health care needs of Montana.
The Nursing Program strives to create an environment of collaboration and mentorship among faculty, students and staff. This environment promotes the development of the student-faculty relationship supporting student accountability for their own learning. The learning environment provides opportunity for developing critical judgment and thinking, professional accountability and appreciation for life-long learning. Student learning is enhanced through professional and community relationships, intellectual strength and exposure to diverse populations.
Students interested in the Associate of Science Nursing (ASN) program first enroll as Pre-Nursing students. Students then take prerequisite general education courses needed to meet Associate Degree requirements.  When required prerequisite course work is in its final semester or successfully completed, students may apply for admission to the ASN program. LPN’s applying must have an unencumbered LPN license. Students completing the final semester of the Practical Nursing program are eligible to apply for the ASN program. The ASN program is a competitive admissions program that requires a separate application process after prerequisite course work is completed.

Registered Nursing

The Missoula College offers an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN). Upon completion of the ASN program, the students are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (RN-NCLEX) examination to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Applicants for the RN program must have a high school diploma or equivalency, have completed the AA general prerequisite courses with a C or better, except in SCN 201N and SCN202N which requires a B or higher grade, completing the final semester of the PN program, or an unencumbered LPN license. Math courses are combined so success must be accomplished within two attempts of M 121 and acceptable transfer courses.  Assessment of writing and math for course placement follows The University of Montana guidelines and is done during orientations and at various times in the semester.
Students must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 in the required general AA and practical nursing courses to be eligible to apply to the ASN Program.  Transfer credits are allowed from National Accredited Colleges and Universities only with credit substitutions for general education courses as follows:

Pre Nursing Coures Substitution

Practical Nursing credits and grades will be accepted from courses that are transferable from National Accredited Colleges or Universities only.  

Age of Course Acceptability

  • General Education courses are 10 years
  • College Algebra equal to or greater than 10 years must have an ALEK placement test with a Level III placement to accept. Must take math at level assigned from placement test result.
  • College Writing equal to or greater than 10 years must have a writing placement test with a WRIT 101 placement to accept. Must take Developmental Writing if that is the placement test result.
  • General Education courses (other than College Algebra and Writing), greater than 10 years can be evaluated by program director for acceptability.
  • Science courses must be completed within 5 years
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Science courses greater than 10 years can be evaluated by program director for acceptability.

 
   Admission to the ASN program requires a separate application that includes:

   For Students Applying for Direct Transfer From a Practical Nursing Program:

  • documented successful completion of the prerequisite Associate Degree courses
  • successfully completing the final semester of a Practical Nursing program (minimum of a B grade in each PN course)
  • an application cover letter
  • completion of a proctored STEP (RN Readiness) test
  • cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
  • three letters of reference from employers. These are encouraged to be from the hearth care field, but if unable; at least 2 need to be from an employment supervisor
  • Professionalism grades from each PN course will be submitted by faculty and used in application.  For non-Missoula College applicants completing the final semester of a PN program must request professionalism rubric and obtain grades from each PN program instructor. It must then be submit to the Missoula College Nursing Program Director
  • If selected for an interview, come before the interview committee  

   For Applicants who have and LPN License:

  • documented successful completion of the prerequisite Associate Degree courses
  • documented successful completion of a Practical Nursing program
  • an application cover letter
  • completion of a proctored STEP (RN Readiness) test
  • cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
  • three letters of reference from LPN employers.  Minimum of one need to be from supervisor.
  • possess and maintain a current unencumbered LPN license
  • filled out an work history form (needing a minimum of six months full time or 1040 hours for full credit in the application).
  • If selected for an interview, come before the interview committee  
  • It is also highly suggested that Medical Microbiology with a Lab and Introduction to Sociology be completed prior to application to the program as these courses have a scheduling conflict with ASN program clinical days.

The ASN program is limited to eighteen applicants each semester (ten students in face-to-face classroom and eight students in online hybrid).  Application deadlines are April 1st and November 1st each year. All candidates who meet the admission requirements will be considered.

Students must provide proof of the following health requirements prior to entry into the clinical portion of the program:

  • tuberculosis testing using the PPD (Purified Protein Derivative) or chest x-ray (positive results will require a physician’s letter before a student can work in the clinical settings)
  • hepatitis B vaccine (HBV) prior to beginning clinical experience with potential exposure to blood-borne pathogens (a three injection series is required and may be obtained at Curry Health Center at The University of Montana and other health care providers)
  • two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination are required for any one born after 1957 and a booster for anyone born before 1957
  • up-to-date Diphtheria-Tetanus vaccination
  • Influenza during appropriate season

All students must also show proof of a completing an up-to-date BLS CPR training approved by the American Heart Association, insurance and completion of a background check.

Many licensing bodies/employing institutions in health care have increasingly stringent requirements and background checks as conditions for licensing or employment. If students have a concern about this, they should contact the Montana State Board of Nursing Licensing department at http://bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/nur_board/board_page.asp
Successfully completing the Practical Nursing Program makes a student eligible to sit for the NCLEX National Practical Nursing Examination. This does not guarantee Montana State Practical Nursing licensure.
Successfully completing the Associate Nursing Program makes a student eligible to sit for the NCLEX National Registered Nursing Examination. This does not guarantee Montana State Registered Nursing licensure.
Graduates are prepared for employment as registered nurses in acute and emergency care facilities, geriatric care centers, industrial settings, and in public and private health care agencies.
The ASN degree program is approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing with the next site visit for re-approval due 2016.
301 South Park
Helena, MT 59601
406) 841-2340

The ASN degree program is accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission with the next site visit for reaccreditation due 2016.
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 500
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

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