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The RN to BSN Degree Completion program is offered at Montana State University Billings through the College of Health Professions and Science.  The program’s intent is to help address the growing need for professional bachelor-prepared nurses.  The 49 credit hour program is delivered 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 HealthCare Montana consortium. 

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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


Q & A

YES, all applicants must provide evidence of a current unencumbered license as a registered nurse (RN).  However, it is not required to be working as a nurse.

The RN to BSN completion program operates under a rolling acceptance model. Students can start fall, spring or summer with applications being accepted anytime during the year for the next available semester.  Future student just need to indicate their intended start semester and year.

YES, all didactic courses will be offered online.  Most courses will be offered using an eight-week block schedule. There are two 45 hour clinical courses that are not online but are offered in the students local area. 

 The program requires 49 credit hours to complete the degree.  The plan of study is designed for 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).  Part time plans of study are available.

YES, there two courses (Nursing Leadership and Management and Nursing in the Community) which each require a one credit hour clinical.  The clinical courses are can be based in the students’ local area. 

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

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 accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Click on the apply button to begin the process and fill out an application.  For more information parties may contact the College of Health Professions and Science at 406-896-5848.