Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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Spring 2021 BSN Application is Now Closed Effective June 1st, 2020


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.


Each of the required nursing pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (C- grades are not acceptable).

The calculated cumulative GPA of the nursing pre-requisite courses must be 2.5 or higher and within the last 10 years:

  • Anatomy and Physiology with Labs (total of 8-semester credits)
  • Microbiology with Lab (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 the 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 for freshman to spend 5 semesters on the Great Falls, MT campus. Once accepted into the Nursing program the last 3 semesters are spent off the Great Falls campus in residency in Lewistown, MT, or Anchorage, AK.
  • Program length: 8 semesters and 120+ credits
  • 4-Year Advising Plan.

BSN Student Handbook

How to Apply

Step 1: Apply to the University of Providence

  • University of Providence Application: 
  • Please click here to complete the application
  • This is an Undergraduate program
  • You will select Pre-BSN for the program you are applying to

Step 2: Apply to the Nursing Major

  • Separate Nursing Major Application:
  • Opens April 1st, 2020
  • Application Deadline, June 1st, 2020
  • Acceptance Decision on July 15th, 2020.
  • At application time students will have to have completed at least one of the Anatomy and Physiology courses or the Microbiology course in order to be considered for admission. If you are accepted into the program, acceptance will be contingent on passing the final pre-requisites before January 1st, 2021.
  • Once accepted into the Nursing Program there is a $500.00 non-refundable tuition deposit.

Frequently Asked Questions (click here)


Phone: 406-791-5258