Associate Degree Leading To Registered Nursing

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 in the spring for fall semester. Applications are available in the side bar. Applications are good for current year only.

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:

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

Summer Cohort: 8 students are admitted to the RN Summer cohort, who will complete their clinicals during the summer semester. During the fall and spring semester, classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays so students are able to maintain employment. Admission to the cohort of your choice is given according to final RN program scores, depending on which cohort is filled first. 

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.
  • RN Summer Cohort Associates Degree leading to Registered Nursing: 27 credits, 3 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.