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2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Associate of Science (ASN)-Registered Nursing curriculum, students will

  • Caring: Demonstrate caring relationships to promote self-determination, integrity, and growth of the client and family.

  • Diversity and Cultural Competence: Advocate for cultural competence and diversity.

  • Nursing Judgement: Demonstrate nursing judgment and clinical-decision-making, incorporating evidence-based practices and the nursing process in the delivery of safe, holistic nursing care.

  • Professional Identity: Practice within the ethical, legal & regulatory frameworks of nursing, demonstrating professional behaviors reflecting self-awareness, integrity, and lifelong growth and development.

  • Quality and Safety: Manage and coordinate safe, quality client care in collaboration with the interprofessional health team.

  • Communication: Apply effective communication strategies to support interpersonal relationships and collaboration.

Program Accreditation

Flathead Valley Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program holds accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037, November 2019 through June 30, 2026. 

The FVCC ASN program is also approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing, which is required in order for graduates of the program to be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam. 

Prerequisites Total: 14

First Year

Second Year

Total Credits: 73

Indicates course may be taken before acceptance into the program. 

R Indicates Related Instruction requirement.

*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 www.fvcc.edu/registered-nursing. In order to be considered for acceptance into the ASN program, the student must have

    • Completed or be currently enrolled in the required prerequisite courses with a grade of “B-” or higher in BIOH 201 , and “C” or higher in CHMY 121 , M 140  or M 121 , and WRIT 101 . A grade of “C-” is not acceptable in the prerequisite courses;
    • Completed BIOH 201  and CHMY 121  within five years of acceptance into the Nursing program.  If Individuals have completed BIOH 211  and BIOM 250  before acceptance into the program, these courses must also be within five years of acceptance into the program. Individuals may request evaluation by the Nursing Program Director for a possible exception to this policy. (If BIOH 201  or BIOH 211  were taken before fall 2016 and are within the five-year acceptance period, a grade of “C+” is acceptable.  Please note this will affect the student’s GPA.)
    • A selective GPA of 2.75 (out of 4.0 scale) in the four 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;
    • Degree status at FVCC with all required records on file;
    • Taken the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam as part of the application process; 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. 
  • See Nursing Program Information Packet at www.fvcc.edu/nursing for more information regarding admission guidelines.

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 nursing course and BIOH 211 must be passed with a grade of “B-” or higher to continue in the program. A grade of “C” is acceptable for non-nursing courses: PSYX 100, SOCI 101, and BIOM 250.

  • After successfully passing the NCLEX RN, the Montana Board of Nursing grants licensure to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse.

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.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

Students who complete the Associate of Science Nursing (ASN) program have to opportunity to pursue a post-licensure Bachelor of Science degree for Registered Nurses.  FVCC has articulation agreements with the following four-year colleges: Chamberlain University, Grand Canyon University, Montana State University-Northern, and Post University. See your advisor for more information about these opportunities.

Nursing Program Director:

Carla Genovese
BC 102-A
(406) 756-3997

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact an advisor.

Faculty Advisor Faculty Advisor                    Academic Advisor
Liisa Lommatsch, MSN, RN Cayla Christiansen, BSN, RN Kate Scholer
BC 102-B BC 102-D LRC 129
(406) 756-3618 (406) 756-3943 (406) 756-3880
llommatsch@fvcc.educc cchristiansen@fvcc.edu kscholer@fvcc.edu

For general information, contact:

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

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