The university offers two pathways for students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). This is referred to as a BSN program as opposed to an RN-BSN program, which is for a Registered Nurse (RN) to complete a BSN. The two pathways are:
1. Accelerated or Second Degree BSN Program: this pathway is for students who already have an undergraduate baccalaureate degree in a major other than nursing, and have completed the following program prerequisites:
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 NRS course work on a full-time basis. This means that students are not eligible to be on athletic teams, even practice; required to be in residence in the town of Lewistown, MT; and not work in any outside employment. The final 54 credits of the BSN program begin in Spring Semester and finish the final fall semester. Therefore, the 12 months required to complete 54 credits of NRS coursework is a full-time commitment of study, class, and clinical work.
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.
Both BSN Pathways:
Accelerated or Second Degree BSN Program:
Four-Year BSN Program: