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Registered Nurse

Associate of Science Degree

Interim Program Director: Russ Motschenbacher

Program Faculty: Russ Motschenbacher, Kaylene Strutz, Deanna Hastings

Program Website

New RN curriculum Program Application  (Fall 2017 application available February 15)

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 judgement 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 30 students.  Interested students must apply for entry into the program.  An application packet with the criteria for admission is available on the program website.

  • The length of the program after acceptance is four 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 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

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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$8,373
Application Fee$30
Insurance$24
Uniforms$225
Lab/Course Fees$165
Program Fee$400
Books/Supplies$1,559
Total$10,776
*

Fall 2016 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Prerequisites

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.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student1
Subtotal1

Prerequisite Coursework

The following courses must be completed prior to admission into the Registered Nurse Program. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a minimum grade of C (not a C-) in each course and a minimum cumulative GPA in prerequisite coursework of 2.5. Grades in prerequisite courses are a major factor in ranking applications for program acceptance.

Science courses must be completed within five (5) years of application to the program, and other courses must be completed within 15 years of applying to the program.

FIRST SEMESTER
BIOH 201Human Anat Phys I/Lab (= 301) **,+4
CHMY 121Intro to General Chem w/Lab **,+4
WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
Choose 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.
Subtotal14-15

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 BIOH 211, PSYX 100, SOCI 101, and BIOM 250 with Lab 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:

First Year
FallCredits
BIOH 211Human Anat Phys II Lab(=311) **, +4
NRSG 230Nursing Pharmacology *, +3
NRSG 231Nursing Pharmacology Lab *, +2
NRSG 232Foundations of Nursing *, +3
NRSG 233Foundations of Nursing Lab *, +3
Term Credits15
Spring
NRSG 234Adult Nursing I *, +3
NRSG 235Adult Nursing I Clinical *, +2
NRSG 236Health and Illness of Maternal Nursing *, +2
NRSG 237Health and Illness of Maternal Nursing Clinical *, +1
NRSG 256Pathophysiology *, +3
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
Term Credits14
Second Year
Fall
NRSG 244Adult Nursing II *, +3
NRSG 245Adult Nursing II Clinical *, +2
NRSG 246Health and Illness of Child and Family Nursing *, +2
NRSG 247Health and Illness of Child and Family Nursing Clinical *, +1
NRSG 255Mental Health Concepts Clinical *, +1
NRSG 254Complex Care Mental Health Cli *, +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3
Term Credits15
Spring
BIOM 250Microbiology for Hlth Sci wLab *, +4
NRSG 259Adult Nursing III *, +3
NRSG 260Adult Nursing III Lab *, +1
NRSG 261Adult Nursing III Clinical *, +2
NRSG 267Managing Client Care for the RN Clinical *, +2
NRSG 266Managing Client Care *, +2
Term Credits14
Total Credits58

Suggested Electives 

These courses are highly recommended in addition to the standard nursing curriculum.

Suggested Electives:
AHMS 144Medical Terminology +3
Any NASX prefix course +3
Select one of the following:
NUTR 121Clinical Human Nutrition +2
NUTR 221Basic Human Nutrition +3
Select one of the following:
PSYX 230Developmental Psychology +3
PSYX 240Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology *,+3

Total Program Credits: 73

*

Indicates prerequisites needed.

**

Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.

+

A grade of C or above is required for graduation.