Registered Nursing

Linda Barnes, Nursing Program Director

The Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) requires four semesters of full-time study. Applicants to the program must have completed all pre-nursing prerequisites, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (last 60 credits only), and have received a B or better in BIOH 201/202.

Admission to the program requires completion of the application which can be obtained on the Missoula College Health Professions webpage. The number of students accepted into the A.S.N.  program is limited to 18 students in Autumn semester and 18 students in Spring semester. All candidates who meet the admission requirements will be considered. Students learn Registered Nursing skills through independent study, lectures, simulations, demonstrations, and advanced skills practice in the nursing lab. Under instructor supervision and preceptorship, students also provide patient care in a variety of acute care settings.

The A.S.N. degree program is approved by the State Board of Nursing (301 South Park, Helena, MT 59601). The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for the Education in Nursing (ACEN) (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326).

Students must provide proof of having met the following requirements to the Nursing Program Administrative Associate on or before the first day of class: 

1.       Two step Tuberculosis testing using the PPD (Purified Protein Derivative) or chest x-ray (positive results will require a physician's letter before a student can continue in clinical settings);

2.       Hepatitis B vaccine and titer: The three injection Hepatitis B series must be started on or before acceptance into the program so the series is completed by the time clinical begins; 

3.       Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunization (for those born before 1956, it is not required to have an MMR, but a titer must be completed);

4.       Influenza Vaccination;

5.       Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccination;

6.       Basic Life Support (BLS) training Healthcare Provider;

7.       Criminal Background Check, including Sexual Offender Registry

Many licensing bodies and employing institutions in health care have increasingly stringent requirements and background checks as conditions for licensing or employment. If a student has concerns about this, she/he should contact the licensing board for nursing.

Associate of Science - Registered Nursing

Missoula College

Degree Specific Credits: 72

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: Students must pass all NRSG courses with a minimum grade of a B. It is highly recommended that students have completed BIOH 211N/BIOH 212N, SOCI 101S, PSYX 100S, BIOM 250N, and BIOM 251 prior to admission to the program.

Summary

Registered Nursing65-68
Writing Requirement3
Mathematics Requirement3-4
Total Hours71-75

Registered Nursing

Rule: All courses required

Note: Students must pass all nursing (rubric NRSG) courses with a minimum grade of a B.

BIOH 201NHuman Anat Phys I (equiv 301)4
BIOH 211NHuman Anat Phys II (equiv 311)4
BIOM 250NMicrobiology for Hlth Sciences3
BIOM 251Microbiology Hlth Sciences Lab1
CHMY 121NIntroduction to General Chemistry3
CHMY 122Introduction to General Chemistry Lab1
NRSG 230Nursing Pharmacology3
NRSG 231Nursing Pharmacology Lab2
NRSG 232Foundations of Nursing3
NRSG 233Foundations of Nursing Lab3
NRSG 234Adult Nursing I3
NRSG 235Adult Nursing I Clinical2
NRSG 236Health and Illness of Maternal Nursing2
NRSG 237Health and Illness of Maternal Nursing Clinical1
NRSG 244Adult Nursing II3
NRSG 245Adult Nursing II Clinical2
NRSG 246Health and Illness of Child and Family Nursing2
NRSG 247Health and Illness of Child and Family Nursing Clinical1
NRSG 254Mental Health Concepts2-3
NRSG 255Mental Health Concepts Clinical1
NRSG 256Pathophysiology3
NRSG 259Adult Nursing III3
NRSG 260Adult Nursing III Lab1
NRSG 261Adult Nursing III Clinical2
NRSG 266Managing Client Care for the Registered Nurse2-4
NRSG 267Managing Client Care for the Registered Nurse Clinical2
PSYX 100SIntro to Psychology3
SOCI 101SIntroduction to Sociology3
Total Hours65-68

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Writing Requirement

Rule: All courses required

Note: Students who have completed WRIT 101, greater than ten years prior to applying to the Missoula College must take the Writing Placement test. If the score on the test places the student in WRIT 101, the transfer credits will be accepted for the nursing program requirements. If the student places below the required standard, then they shall remediate as needed prior to application to the nursing program.

All students need to take WRIT 101 for the nursing program

WRIT 101College Writing I3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Mathematics Requirement

Rule: Must complete one of the following courses

Note: M 121 is the recommended math. Courses that substitute for M 121 can be Probability and Linear Math, Pre-calculus with Algebra, or Pre-calculus with Trig , or Calculus. Mathematics and Writing prerequisite coursework should have been completed no more than 10 years prior to application to any specific health professions program. If mathematics and writing prerequisite coursework is greater than 10 years old, the student should take the writing and mathematics placement exams administered by the college (e-write and ALEX respectively). If the student places into a comparable level to the specific course in question then that course shall be accepted as a valid prerequisite for the intended program. If the student places below the required standard then they shall remediate as needed prior to application to the nursing program.

Select one of the following:3-4
Probability and Linear Mathematics
College Algebra (recommended)
Precalculus
Calculus I
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-