Registered Nursing (RN)

Registered Nurses 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. Registered Nurses require licensing in Montana through the state Board of Nursing.

Bitterroot College offers all prerequisite courses required for admission to the Registered Nursing programs at City College MSU-BillingsFlathead Valley Community College, Great Falls College MSUMiles Community CollegeMissoula College UM, and Montana State University Northern. Students completing Registered Nursing programs earn an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree.

Registered Nursing Prerequisite Courses
Course Course Title Credits
BIOH 201 & 202N Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4
CHMY 121 & 122 Introduction to General Chemistry with Lab 4
M 115
M 121
Probability & Linear Math

College Algebra
WRIT 101 College Writing I 3
Registered Nursing Co-requisite Courses1
Course Course Title Credits
BIOH 211 & 212N Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4
BIOM 250 & 251 Microbiology in Health Sciences with Lab 4
PSYX 100S Introduction to Psychology 4
SOCI 101S Introduction to Sociology 3

1It is highly recommended that applicants complete these courses prior to entering the program

Admission, Tuition & Fees, and Start Dates for Prerequisite & Co-requisite 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