Programs in Nursing

Nursing

Office: Cowan Hall Room 309

MSU-Northern offers rigorous Nursing Programs that promote collaborative clinical learning, critical thinking, and personal growth in a career that is dynamic, diverse, and offers the opportunity to work in a variety of different capacities and places. Achieving the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) prepares you to establish the seamless pathway into the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (RN-BSN Completion Program). MSU-Northern enhances the registered nurses opportunity to complete an advanced degree in nursing while working as a healthcare professional.

 The ASN qualifies the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).  The ASN program prepares the nursing graduates for the advanced beginner entry-level as a RN in a variety of health care organizations. 

The RN-BSN Completion Program provides a seamless pathway for graduates of the ASN program and for licensed registered nurses to continue their education in the nursing profession. The RN-BSN Completion program builds on previous nursing education and is directed toward an expanded educational base in the areas of nursing leadership and management, community health, and advanced clinical practice. The RN-BSN Completion program is offered through MSU-Northern’s distance learning program.  This program allows the student to maintain employment and residency in their geographical area while completing the required BSN courses. The RN-BSN Completion graduate is prepared as a generalist to practice in varied settings and has the foundation for graduate education.

Instruction for Nursing courses can be delivered in multiple forms; Face-to-Face, Online (only), Hybrid (combination of Face-to-Face and Online), and Distant Technologies. ASN courses are predominantly Face-to-Face and RN-BSN Completion courses are primarily Online with the two credit clinical in the student’s geographical area.

Montana State University-Northern Department of Nursing Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program (ASN) is fully approved by: Montana State Board of Nursing (MT BON) 301 South Park, P.O. Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620. Phone: 1-406-841-2340 www.nurse.mt.gov The RN-BSN Completion Program follows the Rules and Statutes of the Montana State Board of Nursing.

Montana State University-Northern Department of Nursing Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) and Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (RN-BSN Completion) are accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850

Atlanta, Georgia 30326

  Phone 404-975-5000

 www.acenursing.org

Advising Information

Pre-Nursing students receive advisement from the advising center, located in Cowan Hall 213.  ASN Nursing students are assigned nursing faculty advisors upon admission to the program.  For information regarding the RN-BSN Completion Program, call the MSU-Northern Department of Nursing at 406-265-4196 for the application/advisement packet. 

Academic advising follows the University’s rules as stated in the MSU-Northern Course Catalog. The nursing student is required to meet with the assigned advisor each semester to discuss grades, academic plans, or course changes, etc. These meetings can take place face-to-face, by telephone, or by email according to the student’s and advisor’s schedules and location.  The student or the advisor has the right to initiate a change in the advising assignment.  Students are encouraged to confer with advisors as needed.  During the summer, faculty who are teaching, the Nursing Program Chair, and the Department of Nursing Director are available for advising.

The prerequisite semester of the ASN program is offered in both Havre and Lewistown.  Upon admission to the nursing program, students will participate in clinical experiences at various sites in various communities.

All students in the MSU-Northern ASN program are required to take standardized proficiency examinations during the program.  These examinations provide the student, faculty, and program with information concerning student comprehension, application of nursing content and academic growth. Nursing students are required to pay fees for these examinations.  These fees will be paid during the semester of the examination and are not refundable.

Further information and program requirements may be obtained by calling the Department of Nursing office at 406-265-4196 or the University toll-free number, 1-800-662-6132 or by visiting the Department of Nursing webpage at http://www.msun.edu/academics/nursing

To be considered for Fall 2017 admission into the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) Program the following requirements must be met

  1. Be admitted to Montana State University-Northern (a separate applicationto the University is required)

  2. Submit official transcripts from any college and/or university that you have attended or currently attending; Send transcripts to MSU-Northern, P.O. Box 7751, Havre, Montana 59501. Transcripts will be evaluated to determine credit allotment and articulation. No required course, including basic skills courses, will be waived simply on the basis that the applicant has a prior college degree.

  3. GPA Admission requirements: a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher

  4. Have at least a 2.85 extracted GPA with the following required pre-nursing courses: College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I, College Writing I, and General Chemistry w/lab. A grade of “C” or higher is required. A grade of C- in any course is not acceptable; the course must be retaken. These courses may be taken at MSU-Northern or at other accredited institutions.An advisor from the Department of Nursing will evaluate the transcripts from other institutions and will recommend the credit, if any, to be transferred.

  5. Complete a Kaplan Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 65%. The Kaplan Entrance Exam can be taken a second time if there are any more testing days available.

  6. Copy of government issued photo identification document (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

  7. Obtain an application and information packet from the Department of Nursing Office to apply for ASN admission.Applications are accepted May 1 through June 15.

  8. Students who desire to transfer into the Associate Degree Program from another school of nursing may apply by submitting a petition to the Director of Nursing.Placement in the program is determined on an individual basis through transcript and/or course evaluations. Applicants may be asked to take a standardized or teacher-constructed test, and demonstrate specific skills in the University nursing laboratory or in a clinical setting. Once placement is determined, admission is granted on a space-available basis.

  9. Applicants not admitted into the Nursing Program by their expected date of admission must reapply for future consideration.

    *** Please note: the Fall 2018 admission into the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) requirements are in the process of review for revision during Fall 2017. ***

    Upon admission, current documentation is required to be on file in the Department of Nursing office:

  10. Health Insurance Card

  11. A physical examination verifying: Nursing Students Functional Expectations as specified in the Nursing Student Handbook

  12. A copy of a current CPR certification (Health Care Provider or Professional version)

  13. A TB skin test, Tuberculosis Policy: All nursing students are screened annually, for tuberculosis. Initially a two-step tuberculin skin test (TST) will be used to provide a baseline. Thereafter, nursing students will fill out the MSU-Northern annual TB questionnaire. Each nursing student is responsible for providing evidence of screening for TB. Documentation incudes: TB screening form (date and test result cited as positive or negative). If symptomatic, the nursing student is required to submit documentation of medical evaluation of the nursing student’s health status related to TB. Nursing students with a positive skin test are required to provide written clearance from their health care provider in order to provide patient/client care. Additional requirements may be expected based upon current Centers of Disease Control (CDC).

  14. MMR immunization, MMR Policy: Have immunizations that are current for, or have documented proof of, immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Adults born before 1957 are generally considered immune to measles and mumps.All adults born in 1957 or later should have documentation of 2 or more doses of MMR vaccine unless they have a medical contraindication to the vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity to each of the three diseases.Documentation of provider-diagnosed disease is not considered acceptable evidence of Immunity for Measles, Mumps or Rubella, (Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule United States 2015, CDC.gov).

  15. Current Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination according to the Center for Disease Control guidelines.

  16. Documentation of the Hepatitis B vaccination B series, including titer, or have a valid waiver on file.

  17. Federal fingerprint/background check. Fingerprints can be obtained from the Sheriff’s Office and background checks are obtained through the State of Montana Department of Justice.The cost of the background check will be the student’s responsibility and the price varies in each country.

  18. Professional liability insurance which is provided by MSU-Northern through student program fees.

  19. Health standards are to be met as required by the participating clinical facilities.Additional laboratory/diagnostic test results or verification of required health standards/status may be required by these facilities. The Department of Nursing faculty will require documentation that the standards/status are met.

  20. HIPPA Policy: All Nursing Students are legally accountable under the Health Information Privacy and Accountability Act (HIPPA) of 1996 to ensure the confidentiality of patient health information.

    Students are expected to participate in clinical experiences in hospitals, nursing homes, and other community agencies at varied time schedules.  Students who are employed must arrange with employers to allow for flexibility in meeting their academic and clinical schedules. The clinical schedule may involve day, evenings, and weekend assignments. Participation in the clinical area is dependent upon space availability. Those students having the highest academic achievement will be selected first, if the space is limited. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the classroom and the clinical areas.

    Faculty members have an obligation to the client to ensure that nursing students who care for them are competent to do so.  In the interest of safeguarding the client’s welfare, students must meet the criteria detailed in the Nursing Student Handbook.  To be allowed to participate in clinical assignments the student must:

  21. Demonstrate good health status and practices and be free from any condition that could jeopardize client safety and comfort.

  22. Demonstrate emotional stability

  23. Demonstrate sensitivity to client safety and comfort

  24. Practice within legal standards and demonstrate regard for professional ethics

  25. Comply with agency requirements pertinent to student participation

  26. Carry out client care assignments with the required knowledge and skill as determined in classroom theory and laboratory demonstrations.

    Students Note: You cannot participate in clinical experience if you fail to keep current proof of requirements. Failure in clinical experience also results in failure in the nursing course(s).

    General Requirements for Progression through the ASN Program

    The MSU-Northern Department of Nursing is required to follow the Montana University System’s ASN model curriculum adopted in 2016.

  27. All courses required for the nursing program major are required to earn a grade of “C” or higher.

  28. Nursing students are required to maintain a 80% average on tests and quizzes in each nursing course in order to pass.

  29. To progress in the program, the nursing student is required to successfully pass both the didactic and clinical portions of a course. If either is not passed, the entire course must be repeated.

  30. Standardized testing is required throughout the ASN program.The nursing student is required to meet the criteria established within each course.

  31. The nursing student is required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

    Clinical Rotations

    Nursing Students may be required to travel to other locations for several days to complete the state mandated clinical hours. Nursing students need to make their own arrangements for transportation to health care agencies for clinical and are expected to do so at their own expense for travel, food, and lodging.

    Additional information regarding student policies and guidelines are found in the Nursing Student Handbook.

    Program Fee

    All students admitted into the ASN program pay a $500 program fee per semester.

    RN-BSN Completion Program

     To be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree program (RN-BSN Completion):

  32. Be admitted to Montana State University-Northern ( a separate application to the University is required)

  33. Submit official transcripts from any college and/or university that you have attended or are currently attending; transcripts will be evaluated to determine credit allotment and articulation per university policy. No required course, including basis skills courses, will be waived simply on the basis that the applicant has a prior college degree.

  34. GPA admission requirements: a cumulative GPA of 2.50 is required to be admitted into the RN-BSN Completion Nursing Program.

  35. Submit a copy of government issued photo identification document (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

  36. Submit a copy of current licensure as a Registered Nurse (for U.S. state where the practicum is to be done) or proof of registration and scheduled date for the NCLEX exam

  37. Submit a copy of current CPR certification (Health Care Provider or Professional version)

  38. Submit a signed and completed Degree Plan of Study

  39. Applications are accepted year around.

    *** Please note: the Fall 2018 admission into the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (RN-BSN Completion) requirements are in the process of review for revision during Fall 2017. ***

    Upon Admission, current documentation is required to be on file in the Department of Nursing Office:

  40. Personal Health Insurance Card

  41. A physical examination verifying: Nursing Students Functional Expectations as specified in the Nursing Student Handbook

  42. A TB skin test, Tuberculosis Policy: All nursing students are screened annually, for tuberculosis. Initially a two-step tuberculin skin test (TST) will be used to provide a baseline. Thereafter, nursing students will fill out the MSU-Northern annual TB questionnaire. Each nursing student is responsible for providing evidence of screening for TB. Documentation incudes: TB screening form (date and test result cited as positive or negative). If symptomatic, the nursing student is required to submit documentation of medical evaluation of the nursing student’s health status related to TB. Nursing students with a positive skin test are required to provide written clearance from their health care provider in order to provide patient/client care. Additional requirements may be expected based upon current Centers of Disease Control (CDC).

  43. MMR immunization, MMR Policy: Have immunizations that are current for, or have documented proof of, immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Adults born before 1957 are generally considered immune to measles and mumps.All adults born in 1957 or later should have documentation of 2 or more doses of MMR vaccine unless they have a medical contraindication to the vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity to each of the three diseases.Documentation of provider-diagnosed disease is not considered acceptable evidence of Immunity for Measles, Mumps or Rubella, (Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule United States 2015, CDC.gov).

  44. Current Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDAP) vaccination according to the Center for Disease Control guidelines.

  45. Documentation of the Hepatitis B vaccination B series, including titer, or have a valid waiver on file.

  46. Federal fingerprint/background check. Fingerprints can be obtained from the Sheriff’s Office and background checks are obtained through the State of Montana Department of Justice.The cost of the background check will be the student’s responsibility and the price varies in each country.

  47. Submit proof of current personal professional liability insurance

  48. Health standards are to be met as required by the participating clinical facilities.Additional laboratory/diagnostic test results or verification of required health standards/status may be required by these facilities. The Department of Nursing faculty will require documentation that the standards/status are met.

  49. HIPPA Policy:All Nursing Students are legally accountable under the Health Information Privacy and Accountability Act (HIPPA) of 1996 to ensure the confidentiality of patient health information.

Students are expected to participate in clinical experiences in hospitals, nursing homes, and other community agencies at varied time schedules.  Students who are employed must arrange with employers to allow for flexibility in meeting their academic and clinical schedules. The clinical schedule may involve day, evenings, and weekend assignments.

General Requirements for Progression thru the RN-BSN Completion Program

The MSU-Northern Department of Nursing is required to follow the Montana University System’s RN-BSN model curriculum adopted in 2016.

  1. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all courses required for the nursing program major.

  2. Maintain a GPA of at least 2.5, or higher, while enrolled in the RN-BSN Completion Program

  3. Students accumulating two grades of “W” or two grades below “C” in any course(s) required for the Nursing Major will be dropped from the program and may not be readmitted for 3 years.

  4. To progress in the program, the nursing student is required to successfully pass both the didactic and clinical portions of a course. If either is not passed, the entire course must be repeated.

  5. RN-BSN Completion students are required to complete the program within five (5) consecutive years of beginning the program as described with your approved Degree Plan. RN-BSN Completion students may petition the faculty if an extension is needed due to extenuating circumstances.

    Clinical Rotations for the RN-BSN Completion Program

    Nursing students may be required to travel to other locations within their geographical area to complete the required clinical hours. Nursing Students are required to make their own arrangements for transportation to health care agencies for clinical and are expected to do so at their own expense for travel, food, and lodging.

    ASN and RN-BSN Completion Program Graduation

    Graduation is dependent upon the Nursing Student meeting the professional standards and criteria of safe and effective nursing care as prescribed by the curriculum.

    Students who are going to graduate need to follow all university policies and procedures relating to graduation as published in MSU-Northern Course Catalog. The current MSU-Northern Course Catalog: https://www.msun.edu/registrar/catalogs.aspx

  6. Application for graduation forms must be completed and submitted to the registrar’s office in Havre during the fall semester for spring graduation and spring semester for fall graduation.

  7. Gowns and announcements need to be ordered through the bookstore during the fall semester prior to graduation.

  8. All students who have received financial aid during their college experience must have an exit interview with the Financial Aide Officer.