Associate of Science Registered Nursing
(Last Admission, Fall 2017)

The Associate degree program prepares graduates to function as members and leaders of health care teams in various health care environments. The curriculum focuses on preparation for employment. Some of the course work is transferable. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination from the Montana State Board of Nursing. After passing the examination, the graduate becomes a Registered Nurse, RN.

Entry into the ASRN program is by application-only. Application instructions and the application can be downloaded using the links on the right. Deadlines are listed on the application.

Two cohorts are available to RN candidates. Admission to the cohort of your choice is given according to final RN program scores, depending on which cohort is filled first. The cohorts are:

RN: 16 students are admitted in the RN regular cohort who will complete all course work in the fall and spring semesters.

LPN to BSN: 8 students are admitted. 

In order to assure former graduates of the Old Curriculum LPN program have access to the RN degree, an LPN to BSN Pathway has been developed. This pathway will be available for 8 students to be admitted each semester. As the need lessens for this cohort, the empty slots will be filled by the Regular RN cohort.

The application process requires that a student have a current, unencumbered LPN licensure (from any state) and/or is a graduate of the statewide curriculum PN program, and has successfully complete the following coursework with a “C” or better:

BIOH201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab 4
BIOH211 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab 4
WRIT101 College Writing I 3
CHYM121 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHYM122 General and Inorganic Chemisty Lab 1
M121 College Algebra 3
NUTR221 Basic Human Nutrition 2 or 3
PSYX100 Introduction to Psychology 3
NRSG100 Introduction to Nursing 1 or 2

Length of Program:

  • RN Regular Cohort Associate Degree leading to Registered Nursing: 27 credits, 2 semesters.
  • LPN to BSN program: 53 credits, 4 semesters.

Admission is by application only. Please check on our web page for current application information

Students, please note: Weekly schedule includes labs, clinical and simulations that cannot be reflected on the course catalog schedule. Students should plan for 30-40 hours per week. The nursing department will supply students with a schedule once admission is determined.

Student Achievement Data
NCLEX pass rate for Registered Nursing program: 100%
Retention/Completion rate for Registered Nursing program: 100%
Job placement rate for Registered Nursing program (withing 6 months of graduation): 100%

Program Director: Sandy Sacry, RN, MSN

Administrative Associate:  Cherise Hecht