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Montana State University - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Pre-nursing Program at The University of Montana is a two-year program designed to provide the basic undergraduate education needed for entry into the professional portion of a baccalaureate nursing program.  Students planning to transfer to MSU’s BSN program usually spend a minimum of four semesters at The University of Montana to satisfy pre-requisite course requirements available on this campus, and then another five semesters to complete MSU lower and upper division nursing requirements at one of MSU's upper division campuses located in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell or Missoula. There are 3 phases in Montana State University's (MSU's) BSN degree program. 

Phase I: Pre-Nursing Curriculum. Consists of approximately 62 credits of non-nursing academic coursework offered on the University of Montana campus.  Applications to MSU College of Nursing are accepted twice a year: August 1 and January 1.  Students typically apply to MSU College of Nursing at the end of their freshman year or in the middle of their sophomore year.

Phase II: Lower Division Sophomore Level Nursing Courses (15 credits). Students must be accepted into MSU’s College of Nursing in order to enroll in both Phase II and Phase III courses. Phase includes 15 credits of coursework offered on all five of the upper division campuses (Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula).  Enrollment is currently limited to 24 students per semester on the Missoula campus.  The lower division courses offered in Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula through distance learning have additional $500 fee per course. 

Phase III:  Upper Division Nursing Curriculum (junior and senior years). Phase III involves rigorous clinical coursework.  It consists of four semesters of coursework offered at one of MSU’s upper division campuses located in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula.  Placement on a specific campus is not guaranteed.

Upon successful completion of all three phases students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree awarded at the graduation ceremony held at Montana State University - Bozeman. 

For further information about UM Pre-Nursing Program, please contact the Pre-Nursing Advisor at 406-243-5658.  If you are new to the University of Montana, you may apply to The University of Montana by contacting UM's Enrollment Service's Office at (406) 243-6266.  Or visit the Admissions website.

Lommasson Center - Room 286
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-5658