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, The University of Montana-Missoula offers approved courses for pre-nursing students. Students can complete all but 12 credits of lower-division nursing course work in Missoula. Students who intend to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Montana State University may spend either one or two semesters on the Bozeman campus prior to upper-division nursing in order to complete the required 12 credits of lower-division nursing. Students may apply for acceptance into clinical nursing (junior and senior years), to one of MSU's upper-division campuses located in Billings, Great Falls and Missoula up to a year prior to placement regardless of whether or not they have been admitted to MSU.
A grade of "C" 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" 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. A grade average of 2.50 or better is required at the time of application to clinical nursing. 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.
Lower-division, pre-requisite courses required by Montana State Univerity's College of Nursing available at UM:
BIOL 106N Elementary Medical Microbiology 3
BIOL 212-213 Anatomy and Physiology I & II 4,4
CHEM 151N-152N General and Inorganic Chemistry/Organic and Biological Chemistry 3,3
CHEM 154N General Chemistry Laboratory 2
COMM 111A Introduction to Public Speaking 2
ENEX 101 English Composition 3
HHP 236 Basic Nutrition 3
HHP 295 Clinical Nutrition 1
MATH 241 Statistics 4
PSYC 100S Introduction to Psychology 4
PSYC 240S Child and Adolescent Development 3
PSYC 245 Adult Development and Aging 2
SOC 110S Principles of Sociology 3
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 in Nursing degree can be obtained at MSU Northern, Havre; Miles Community College, Miles City; and Salish Kootenai College, Pablo; a baccalaureate degree in nursing can be obtained at MSU Northern, Havre; Carroll College, Helena; and Montana State University, Bozeman.