Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Those earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing are licensed as Registered Nurses (RNs). Like RNs who have earned an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), BSNs assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. They administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients and may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. In addition to the customary range of RN responsibilities, the BSN allows for career opportunities in nursing leadership and management as well as in specialties such as nursing education, nursing research, and public health.

Bitterroot College offers most prerequisite courses required for admission to the Montana State University (MSU) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The MSU Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is offered on the University of Montana (UM) campus and requires travel to Missoula for courses and clinicals.

BSN Prerequisite Courses at Bitterroot College
Course Course Title Credits
BIOH 201N & 202N Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4
BIOH 211N & 212N Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4
BIOM 250N & 251 Microbiology for Health Sciences with Lab 4
CHMY 121N & 122 Introduction to General Chemistry with Lab 4
NUTR 221N Basic Human Nutrition1 3
PSYX 100S Introduction to Psychology 4
SOCI 101S Introduction to Sociology 3
STAT 216 Introduction to Statistics 4
WRIT 101 College Writing I 3
General Education Course in Arts (UM Group IV, A) 3
General Education Course in Humanities (UM Group VI, H) 3
General Education Course in Diversity (UM Group X, X) 3

1Course delivered online

Admission, Tuition & Fees, and Start Dates for Prerequisite Coursework

  • Admission
    • Submit college application
    • On application, for education goal, select Associate degree/certificate and for field of study select/write-in Pre-Nursing
  • Tuition & Fees
    • $1,987.00 per semester for a fullltime, resident student (12 or more credits)
    • Federal Financial Aid available; visit Pay for College
    • For more Tuition & Fees information, visit Pay for College
  • Start Dates
    • Fall, spring, and summer semesters; visit Academic Calendar
    • Recommendation: allow 8-10 weeks for application, registration, and Federal Financial Aid processing

Employment Outlook

Registered Nursing jobs are predicted to grow nationally by 16% between 2014 and 2024 and in Montana by 22% between 2014 and 2024. The median national annual salary for RegisteredNurses is $67,490; in Montana, the median annual salary is $60,720. For more employment information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook HandbookProjections Central, and Montana's Informational Wage Rates by Occupation.


All college courses taken through attendance at Bitterroot College UM are accredited through and transcripted by Missoula College UM.

Kathleen O’Leary
Academic Advisor
(406) 375-0100