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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

Pre-Nursing Transfer to Montana State University - Bozeman

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The following curriculum prepares students for transfer to the BSN program at Montana State University - Bozeman. MSU also has an accelerated BSN program for students who have already earned a Bachelor’s degree in another field.

All prerequisites and one of the program requirements may be taken at FVCC. Once the student has transferred to MSU, 5 more semesters (one semester of lower division nursing classes and 4 semesters of upper division nursing classes) are necessary to finish the degree.

MSU offers its nursing curriculum in 5 Montana sites including Kalispell (others are Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, and Missoula). Once accepted for an upper division placement, students may complete their lower division nursing classes in Bozeman or at the placement site the preceding semester. Two of the lower division nursing classes are offered online. Online lower division classes can also be taken during the summer. A cohort of 8 students is accepted twice a year into the Kalispell site. There are two application periods for upper division placement: June 15-August 1st for those starting the lower division classes the following spring semester and November 15th-January 1st for those starting the lower division classes the following fall semester. MSU’s Nursing application is an online only application that becomes available on the first date of these two application periods.

Because of the competitive nature of all nursing programs, it is important for students to maintain a high grade point average in their Nursing prerequisite classes. Students should be aware that MSU restricts how many different courses may be repeated and how many times the same course can be repeated.

Students transferring from schools outside of Montana need to verify with one of the designated advisors as to whether or not their courses will satisfy any of the prerequisite courses.

The BSN program at MSU requires a background check prior to the application deadline.

Associate of Science Degree

Suggested course of study for a transfer to Montana State University - Bozeman

First Year

First Semester Total: 14

Second Semester Total: 18

Summer Semester

  • Humanities (H) Requirement Credit(s): 3
Third Semester Total: 3

Second Year

Fall Semester

First Semester Total: 16

Second Semester Total: 15

Total Credits: 66

1 NRSG 258 Principles of Pathoshysiology (offered at MSU), is accepted as equivalent.

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

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                        Faculty Advisor                         
Karrie Bolivar Janice Alexander, Ph.D. Lori Elwell, M.A. Adam Wenz, M.S.
LRC 129 RH 107 BC 123-D RH 106
(406) 756-3880 (406) 756-3948 (406) 756-3899 (406) 756-3616

The Associate of Science (AS) degree requires 60 credits at FVCC, and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at Montana University System (MUS) colleges and universities requires 120 credits. FVCC students can usually earn as many as 75-85 credits in preparation for many transfer majors, thus reducing the number of credits required for the BS degree at MUS schools. Also, by earning the AS degree from FVCC, students will have satisfied the lower division General Education Core (see General Education Requirements  for requirements) for all MUS institutions and will not be required to meet additional lower division general education core requirements upon transfer. The suggested course load in AS programs is rigorous and is recommended for only the most prepared students. A more moderate semester credit load can be achieved by taking general education core courses during summer terms or completing one or two additional semesters at FVCC before transfer.

The information on all transfer programs is subject to change. Students should see their advisor to explore other possibilities not specifically listed in the program.

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