Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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The university offers two pathways for students wishing to become a nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The BSN Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). [Note: Current Registered Nurses seeking to advance to the BSN click here].

1. Accelerated or Second Degree BSN Program: this pathway is for students who have:

Already completed an undergraduate baccalaureate degree in a major other than nursing, OR who have completed 66 units of college credit


Have completed the following program prerequisites with a at least a grade of C:

  • Anatomy and Physiology with Labs (total of 8 semester credits)
  • Microbiology (3 semester credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Nutrition (3 credits)

2. Four-Year BSN Program: this pathway is for students without any college or some college credits.

Students accepted into the BSN curriculum are required to engage in the final 54 credits of nursing course work on a full-time basis. The final 54 credits of the BSN program begin in Spring Semester and concludes the following December. During this time students will be required to re-locate to an assigned clinical location (currently Lewistown, MT and Anchorage, AK). During this time students are not eligible to be on athletic teams and are not able to work in any outside employment.

Graduates of the BSN program are excellent communicators, clinicians and leaders. A graduate is a life-long learner and will enhance the nursing profession by providing evidence-based nursing practice that is population centered, as well as grounded in spiritual, ethical, and compassionate care. Graduates are eligible to write the licensing exam to become a registered nurse in any state.

Achieving your BSN will provide many career opportunities for you now and in the future, as this is the preferred path for RNs. Most healthcare organizations prefer to hire nurses with a BSN degree which will make you a more desirable nursing candidate.

Program Format

Both BSN Pathways:

  • Clinical coursework that involves care of patients will take place in Lewistown, MT and Anchorage, AK.
  • Students are required to attend full-time.
  • The nursing courses in the major are taught in eight-week sections using a combination of online (for the content) and face-to-face (for clinical, simulation, and learning skills)

Accelerated or Second Degree BSN Program:

  • Total program length: 54 credits over 3 semesters (after prerequisites are completed)

Four-Year BSN Program:

  • Designed as an on campus curriculum with clinical experiences in Lewistown, MT and Anchorage, AK.
  • Program length: 8 semesters and 120+ credits
  • 4-Year Academic Plan.

BSN Student Handbook

How to Apply

  • University of Providence Application: Please click here to complete the application
  • Separate Nursing Major Application: Due by September 15th, 2020
  • Next Steps: Get in touch with a Program Manager by calling the number listed below or by sending an email to determine if you are ready to start.


Phone: 406-791-5258