Oct 31, 2020  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog Archived 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

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 all of the required prerequisite courses with a grade of “B-” or higher in BIOH 201 , and “C” or higher in CHMY 121 , M 140 , and WRIT 101 . A grade of “C-” is not acceptable;
    • A selective GPA of 2.75 (out of 4.0 scale) in all prerequisite courses;
    • Completed BIOH 201  and CHMY 121  within five years of acceptance into the Nursing program Individuals may request evaluation by the Nursing Program Director for a possible exception;
    • See Nursing Program Information Packet at www.fvcc.edu/nursing for required immunizations;
    • 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

  • This is a demanding program.  Individuals will be required to actively participate in and subscribe to the legal and ethical tenets of the discipline while enrolled as a student and as a graduate.

  • 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.

  • 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

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 Erika DeCree, B.S., R.N. Sarah Wangerin, B.S.N., R.N.
LRC 129 BC 102-C BC 102-D
(406) 756-3880 (406) 756-3628 (406) 756-3943
kbolivar@fvcc.edu edecree@fvcc.edu swangerin@fvcc.edu


For general information, contact:

Cathy Fabel, Nursing Program Assistant
BC 102
(406) 756-3385

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