Linda Barnes, Nursing Program Director
The Associate of Science in Nursing 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 2.50 (last 60 credits only), and have received a B or better in BIOH 201N/BIOH 202N and BIOH 201N/BIOH 202N
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 the 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 Associate of Science in Nursing 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:
- 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);
- Hepatitis B vaccine and titer: The two- or 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;
- 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;
- Influenza vaccination or signed declination;
- Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccination or positive titer;
- Basic Life Support (BLS) training Healthcare Provider;
- Criminal background check, including Sexual Offender Registry;
- 10-panel drug screen.
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, they should contact the licensing board for nursing.
Associate of Science - Registered Nursing
|Registered Nursing Required Courses||67|
Degree Specific Credits: 73-74
Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Note: Students must pass all NRSG courses with a minimum grade of a B. It is highly recommended that students have completed SOCI 101S, PSYX 100S, BIOM 250N, and BIOM 251 prior to admission to the program.
Registered Nursing Required Courses
|Complete all of the following courses:|
|BIOH 201N||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|BIOH 211N||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|BIOM 250N||Microbiology for Health Sciences||3|
|BIOM 251||Microbiology Health Sciences Lab||1|
|CHMY 121N||Introduction to General Chemistry||4|
|CHMY 122||Introduction to General Chemistry Lab||1|
|NRSG 230||Nursing Pharmacology||3|
|NRSG 231||Nursing Pharmacology Lab||2|
|NRSG 232||Foundations of Nursing||3|
|NRSG 233||Foundations of Nursing Lab||3|
|NRSG 234||Adult Nursing I||3|
|NRSG 235||Adult Nursing I Clinical||2|
|NRSG 236||Health and Illness of Maternal Nursing||2|
|NRSG 237||Health and Illness of Maternal Nursing Clinical||1|
|NRSG 244||Adult Nursing II||3|
|NRSG 245||Adult Nursing II Clinical||2|
|NRSG 246||Health and Illness of Child and Family Nursing||2|
|NRSG 247||Health and Illness of Child and Family Nursing Clinical||1|
|NRSG 254||Mental Health Concepts||3|
|NRSG 255||Mental Health Concepts Clinical||1|
|NRSG 259||Adult Nursing III||3|
|NRSG 260||Adult Nursing III Lab||1|
|NRSG 261||Adult Nursing III Clinical||2|
|NRSG 266||Managing Client Care for the Registered Nurse||2|
|NRSG 267||Managing Client Care for the Registered Nurse Clinical||2|
|PSYX 100S||Intro to Psychology||3|
|SOCI 101S||Introduction to Sociology||3|
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.
|Complete the following course:|
|WRIT 101||College Writing I||3|
Minimum Required Grade: C-
Note: M 121 is the recommended math course. Courses that may substitute for M 121 are M 115, M 151, M 162, or M 171. 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. 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.
|Complete one of the following courses:||3-4|
|Probability and Linear Mathematics|
|College Algebra (recommended)|
Minimum Required Grade: C-