College of Allied Health Professions

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RN to BSN Degree Completion Program

The RN to BSN Degree Completion program is offered at Montana State University Billings through the College of Allied Health Professions.  The program’s intent is to help address the growing need for professional bachelor-prepared nurses.  The 49 credit hour program will be delivered entirely online and will advance nurses’ careers by preparing them for a range of practice environments, for administrative duties and for graduate education.  The program adopts all major provisions of the Montana University System’s common curriculum recently established by the HeathCare Montana consortium. 


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Q & A

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Do I have to be a nurse in order to be admitted to the program?


YES, all applicants must provide evidence of a current unencumbered license as a registered nurse (RN).


When does the program accept applications?


The RN to BSN completion program operates under a rolling acceptance model. Students can start fall, spring or summer.


Is the program offered all online?


YES, all courses will be offered online.  Most courses will be offered using an eight-week block schedule.


How many credits are required in the plan of study?


The program requires 49 credit hours to complete the degree.  The plan of study is designed for in an accelerated format with block scheduling.  If a student follows the complete plan of study course work may be completed in three semesters (fall, spring and summer). 


Is a clinical required in the plan of study?


YES, there two courses (Nursing Leadership and Management and Nursing in the Community) which each require a one credit hour clinical.  The plan is that each clinical will be project-based in the student’s local area. 


Are previous courses from another institution transferable?


Transferability will depend on the courses and university from which the course was completed. All previous academic coursework will be reviewed for transferability .


Is the program accredited?


Montana State University Billings is an accredited institution through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).


The RN to baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Montana State University Billings is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.


If I am interested in applying for admittance into the program, what should I do?


Currently, interested parties may contact the College of Allied Health Professions at 406-896-5848 for more information. 



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Fall Semester


Full Semester

STAT 216  Introduction to Statistics 4 credits


First 8 weeks

NRSG 325  Advanced Health Assessment 3 credits
 NRSG 322  Health Promotion & Education 3 credits


Second 8 Weeks

NRSG 320 Nursing Informatics 3 credits
WRIT 321 Advanced Technical Writing 3 credits



Spring Semester


Full Semester

NRSG 301 Nursing in the Community  5 credits
NRSG 302 Nursing in the Community - Clinical 1 credit
(45 hours)
PSYX 230 Developmental Psychology 3 credits


First 8 weeks

NRSG 424 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice 3 credits
PHL 326  Dying and Medical Ethics 3 credits


Second 8 Weeks

NRSG 326 Complex Healthcare Needs 3 credits



Summer Semester


13 Weeks

NRSG 463 Nursing Leadership & Management 5 credits
NRSG 464 Nursing Leadership & Management Clinical 1 credit
(45 hours)


8 weeks

NRSG 344  Family Nursing  3 credits
HUMN  Elective 3 credits


8 Weeks

NRSG 361 Global Nursing 3 credits