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Kate Delaney, Pre-Nursing Advising Program, Lommasson Center, Room 286

The pre-nursing curriculum is a two-year program which is designed to provide the basic undergraduate education needed for entry into the professional portion of a baccalaureate nursing program.

Through an arrangement with the College of Nursing at Montana State University-Bozeman, The University of Montana-Missoula offers approved prerequisite courses for pre-nursing students. Students who intend to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree offered through Montana State University can complete the 12 credits of sophomore level nursing courses in Bozeman. In addition, these 12 credits of sophomore level nursing courses are currently offered through a limited option on one of the "Upper Division" campuses located at Billings, Great Falls, and Missoula. Students may apply for acceptance into clinical nursing (junior and senior years), to one of MSU's "Upper Division" campuses, up to a year prior to placement regardless of whether or they have been admitted to MSU. Depending upon the specific placement, students can complete the entire nursing program in Missoula.

A grade of "C" (2.00) or better is required in the following specific courses for admission to clinical nursing. The following courses may not be repeated more than once regardless of where taken. Though a grade of "C" (2.00) is minimally acceptable, students are advised to attain the highest grade average possible in these classes for placement considerations at the upper-division level. Acceptance to clinical nursing is based on the average of the grades received in required prerequisite courses at the time of application. Admission is based strictly on grade prioritization. There is a competitive component to a successful application. MSU general education requirements and elective credits need to be satisfied prior to graduation. Due to occasional changes in the curriculum and degree requirements, it is essential to contact the pre-nursing advisor before course selection and enrollment.

Suggested Course of Study

Courses Autumn Spring
First Year    
BIOL 106N Elementary Medical Microbiology - 3
CHEM 151N-152N General and Inorganic Chemistry/Organic and Biochemistry 3 3
CHEM 154N Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory - 2
COMM 111A Introduction to Public Speaking - 3
ENEX 101 English Composition 3 -
MATH 117 Linear Algebra and Probability 3 -
PSYC 100S Introduction to Psychology - 4
SOC 110S Principles of Sociology 3 -
General Education 3 -
Total 15 15
Second Year    
BIOL 212-213 Anatomy and Physiology I & II 4 4
HHP 236 Basic Nutrition - 3
MATH 241 Statistics - 4
PSYC 240S Child and Adolescent Development 3 -
PSYC 245 Adult Development and Aging 3 -
General Education 5 4
Total 15 15

Individual programs may differ from the suggested course of study to better fill the needs of the particular student.

Students desiring admission to other schools of nursing are encouraged to obtain a catalog from the college and, in consultation with the pre-nursing advisor, develop a plan of study tailored to meet the specific course requirements of the college of their choice. In Montana the associate of science degree in nursing (ASN) can be obtained at MSU Northern, Havre; Miles Community College, Miles City; Montana Tech of The University of Montana, Butte, and Salish Kootenai College, Pablo. A B.S.N. completion program can be obtained at MSU-Northern, Havre; Montana Tech of The University of Montana, Butte, and Salish Kootenai College, Pablo. A baccalaureate degree in nursing can be obtained at Carroll College, Helena and Montana State University, Bozeman.



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