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Registered Nurse LPN to RN

Associate of Science Degree

NOTE: This program is in moratorium and will not be accepting new students.

Program Website

Registered nurses (RNs) work to promote good health and prevent illness. They educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, treat patients and help in their rehabilitation, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' families. RNs use considerable judgment in providing a wide variety of services.The Registered Nurse program at Great Falls College MSU is currently approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing. Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Registered Nursing, students will be prepared to begin a successful career as a registered nurse. Students are prepared to sit for the national licensure examination for registered nursing.

The Registered Nurse program is a limited enrollment program with an intake of 16 students. Interested students must apply for entry into the program. An application packet with the criteria for admission is available on the program website.

  • Currently licensed LPN applicants must present a copy of current unencumbered Montana LPN license.
  • LPN graduates from a 2015 program may submit their applications without an LPN license, but must have their Montana license number submitted no later than November 2015.
  • The length of the program is two consecutive semesters.
  • Accepted students will be required to provide proof of Health Care Provider CPR certification, a negative Tuberculosis test, a background check, and a complete Student Immunization and Verification form before the beginning of the spring semester.
  • The Hepatitis B immunization series is strongly recommended before entrance into the program. A student may be denied access to clinical rotations without an adequate Hepatitis B titer. Students having religious or personal conflicts against receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine must sign a release form.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Administer effective and ethical individual patient care, utilizing human needs as a foundation for assessing behaviors, assigning priorities to desired outcomes, and planning and prioritization nursing interventions.
  • Incorporate knowledge of cultural, religious, and socioeconomic factors in providing nursing care for individuals in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Coordinate, delegate, and prioritize the delivery of care aimed at meeting the needs of patients, communities of patients, and their families.
  • Practice collaboratively within the proper scope of practice, legal, and ethical frameworks, and within national and state standards of nursing practice.
  • Use communication that is effective and therapeutic, along with information technology, to implement problem solving processes in the evidence-based management of patient care.
  • Provide competent evidence-based nursing care, recognizing the values and beliefs of the patient.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees $9,968
Application Fee $30
Insurance $24
Uniforms $225
Course Fees $386
Program Fee $400
Books/Supplies $3,790
Total $14,823

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement


Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

The following courses must be completed prior to admission into the Registered Nurse Program. All prerequisite course work must be completed with a minimum grade of C, NOT C- in each course. Grades in prerequisite courses are a major factor in ranking applications for program acceptance.

BIOH 201Human Anat Phys I/Lab (= 301) **,+4
CHMY 121Intro to General Chem w/Lab *,+4
NRSG 100Introduction to Nursing +1
Select one of the following:
M 121College Algebra **,+3
M 151Precalculus **,+4
M 171Calculus I **,+4
NOTE: STAT 216 Intro to Statistics will no longer be accepted as a math substitution, effective Fall 2014. For transfer students, M 115 Probability and Linear Math will be accepted.
BIOH 211Human Anat Phys II & Lab(=311) *,+4
WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
Select one of the following:
NUTR 121 +2
NUTR 221Basic Human Nutrition +3

Completion of LPN to RN Transition Course 

NRSG 250 LPN to RN Transition *,+3


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
NRSG 130 Fundamentals of Nursing *,+ 7
NRSG 135 Pharmacology for Practical Nurses *,+ 3
NRSG 138Gerontology for Nursing *,+ 2
NRSG 140 Adult Health Nursing *,+ 7
NRSG 142 Nursing Care of Women and Children *,+ 3
NRSG 144Core Mental Health Nursing *,+ 2
NRSG 148 Leadership Issues for Practical Nurse *,+ 2
 Total Credits26

RN Program Course Requirements After Formal Acceptance

Once enrolled in Registered Nurse program, a minimum of a grade of C in all courses is required to continue in the program. In the clinical setting, students must achieve a grade of 75% in all rotations of each clinical experience.

Students are encouraged to take NRSG 256, BIOM 250 and SOCI 101 prior to program acceptance due to workload requirements of the RN program.

The courses listed below are required in the program of study for the Associate of Science in Registered Nursing. The courses are offered at Great Falls College MSU in the following sequence:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
NRSG 252Complex Care Maternal/Child *,+ 3
NRSG 256 Pathophysiology *,+ 3
NRSG 262Complex Care Adult *,+ 4
BIOM 250 Microbiology for Hlth Sci wLab *,+ 4
NRSG 265Advanced Clinical Skills Lab *,+ 1
NRSG 254 Mental Health Concepts *,+ 2
NRSG 266 Managing Client Care for the RN *,+ 4
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology + 3
 Total Credits24

 Total Program Credits: 77-79