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.