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 on our web page. The application process includes a LPN STEP pre-entrance exam and a physical examination. Applications are good for current year only.

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:

BIOL207 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab 4
BIOL208 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
NUTR112 Nutrition 2 or 3
PSYX100 Introduction to Psychology 3
NRSG100 Introduction to Nursing 1 or 2

Karmen Williams RN, MSN
Jan Campana, MSN, ASRN
Deb Rapaport, RN, BSN
Becki Gibson, RN, BSN

Program Director: Sandy Sacry, RN, MSN

Administrative Assistant:   Karin Bell

Length of Program: Associate Degree Leading to Registered Nursing: 27 credits, 2 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.

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Credits
NRSG250 LPN to RN Transition 3
NRSG252 Complex Care Needs of Maternal/Child Client 3
NRSG254 Complex Care Needs of Mental Health Client 2
NRSG256 Pathophysiology 3
SOCI101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total Credits 14

Second Semester

BIOM250 Microbiology for Health Sciences 3
BIOM251 Microbiology for Health Sciences Lab 1
NRSG262 Complex Care Needs - Adult Client 4
NRSG265 Advanced Clinical Skills 1
NRSG266 Managed Client Care 4
Total Credits 13 (27)