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  Dec 16, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Nursing: Registered Nursing, ASN


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The Registered Nursing program prepares graduates to function as members and leaders of health care teams in various health care environments. Upon completion of the Associate of Science (ASN)-Registered Nursing curriculum, students will:

  • Develop and lead programs of health promotion and disease prevention that is cost effective, comprehensive and coordinated;

  • Engage patient and families as partners in evidenced-based, ethical care, while respecting individual preference;

  • Analyze and integrate current research findings, expert opinion, clinical reasoning, and patient preferences in developing and implementing plan of care;

  • Promote and lead cooperation, coordination, and communication among team members, patients, and community populations to improve quality and enhance patient safety;

  • Provide ongoing assessment and analysis of patients and systems with the goal of providing the highest level of patient care and outcomes;

  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize technology to gather and analyze data, manage information, and improve communication among team members and across systems to support clinical decisions; and

  • Participate as a team member to design, promote, and model effective use of technology to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.

Prerequisites Total: 14


*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

First Semester Total: 15


Second Semester Total: 15


Third Semester Total: 15


Fourth Semester Total: 14


Total Credits: 73


*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

Admission Guidelines


  • Applications for formal acceptance into the ASN program are accepted once a year.  Applications are available at http://www.fvcc.edu/nursing.  In order to be considered for acceptance into the ASN program, the student must have:

  • Completed or be currently enrolled in and in the process of completing required prerequisite courses with a grade of “B-” or higher in BIOH 201 , and “C” or higher in CHMY 121 , M 115  , and WRIT 101 ;
  • A selective GPA of 2.75 (out of 4.0 scale) in all prerequisite courses;
  • Completed BIOH 201  , BIOH 211 , and CHMY 121  within five years of acceptance into the Nursing program (Individuals who have completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree may request evaluation by the Nursing Program Director for a possible exception.);
  • Completed required immunizations (Please see Nursing Program Information Packet at www.fvcc.edu/nursing.);
  • Degree status at FVCC with all required records on file; and
  • Submitted a signed application and $20.00 non-refundable processing fee receipt.
  • Once offered placement, students must provide proof of current health insurance (FVCC Student Health Center does not meet this requirement), complete a background check, and provide proof of required immunizations to finalize the acceptance process.

Program Information


  • The focus of the ASN curriculum is to offer education leading to the knowledge that supports the RN to provide direct care to clients, individuals or groups in a variety of structured settings with clear policies and procedures.

  • Completion of the ASN degree does not guarantee FVCC’s or the Montana University System’s general education core is fulfilled.

  • Once a student has applied and been accepted into the ASN program, each course can only be attempted once and must be passed with a grade of B- for the student to continue in the program.

  • Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). After passing the test, the Montana Board of Nursing grants licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Montana.

  • The ASN program is approved by Montana State Board of Nursing.

Opportunities After Graduation


  • Individuals who successfully complete the ASN program and pass the NCLEX-RN exam will find many employment opportunities available to them in a wide variety of health care settings in Northwest Montana and other locations.  
  • A graduate of the program may choose to continue their education by pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in nursing.

Nursing Program Director:


Myrna Ridenour, MSN, RN
BC 102-A
(406) 756-3997
mridenour@fvcc.edu

Advising Information:


For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or a Faculty Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                    Faculty Advisor                            
Karrie Bolivar Diane Bailey, M.S. Sarah Wangerin, B.S.N.
LRC 129 BC 102-B BC 102-C
(406) 756-3880 (406) 756-3626 (406) 756-3943
kbolivar@fvcc.edu dbailey@fvcc.edu swangerin@fvcc.edu

 

For general information, contact:


Cathy Fabel, Nursing Program Assistant
BC 102
(406) 756-3385
cfabel@fvcc.edu

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