a registered nursing student at MSUB

Associate of Science (ASN)

Using state-of-the-art technology and the latest techniques and procedures, this degree prepares you for a successful career as a registered nurse (RN). RNs are primarily responsible for patient care and patient care management. They have a unique scope of practice and can supervise and delegate, as well as collaborate with all members of the health care team. Your high-tech education in this program includes plenty of hands-on experience and a wide range of clinical skills. You will develop a base of knowledge used to provide patient care, assess, plan and intervene to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. The RN program is fully approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, you are eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse. 

Prior to applying for the RN program, students must be admitted to City College, and have completed the necessary prerequisites.

Spring 2022 *Kaplan test required August 16, 2021     


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Nursing – Associate of Science in Registered Nursing 

This program will cost about $11,745* based on current tuition and fees. 

*Estimate is in-state tuition for a Montana resident. Tuition and fees are subject to change and do not include books, housing, or supplies. 

Detailed Cost Information

Registered Nurse

Median Wage (MT)* $59,900 yearly
  $28.78 per hour

Median Wage (US)* $66,600 yearly

$32.04 per hour

City College entry-level wages of graduates:
 $48,000 (2012-2015)

Expected growth (MT)* 22%
Expected growth (US)* 16%

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau; (projections through 2024) 

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According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Registered Nursing is among the top ten occupations with the largest job growth. 

As a registered nurse, you will find employment in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Doctors' offices
  • Extended care facilities
  • Retirement centers
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Nursing pools
  • Government facilities such as prisons, detention facilities, and health centers

 Examples of where recent City College graduates are working:

  • Billings Clinic, Billings, MT
  • St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, MT
  • Advanced Care Hospital, Billings, MT
  • New Care Concepts, INC, Seattle, WA
  • Eagle Cliff Healthcare, Billings, MT
  • Billings Health and Rehab, Billings, MT
  • St. Peter’s Hospital, Helena, MT
  • Bozeman Deaconess, Bozeman, MT
  • RiverStone Health, Billings, MT
  • Nightingale Home Healthcare, Billings, MT
  • St. Joseph Regional Center, Lewiston, ID
  • Beartooth Billings Clinic, Red Lodge, MT
  • St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston, TX
  • St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, Billings, MT
  • Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Lame Deer, MT
  • Big Horn Hospital, Hardin, MT


  • First-time college students must have high school diplomas from an accredited high school, a GED/HiSET, or passed the MSUB Readiness Exam offered through our university.
  • Transfer students will need to submit records from all regionally accredited institutions.


After applying to the City College and completing the necessary prerequisite courses, students may apply to the Registered Nursing program. The nursing curriculum is a competitive entrance program based on a selective points system.

The City College ASN program is fully approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, you are eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse. 

Montana State University Billings is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). 

The City College Montana State University Billings Associate Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037.

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Registered Nurse


Practical Nursing graduates can obtain their ASN degree at City College. PNs will need to have all of the required ASN prerequisites completed before applying to the competitive entrance ASN program. Depending on previous coursework and experience, PNs may have completed the prerequisite courses and the first semester of the core ASN classes. Please see an Academic Advisor for more information.

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Registered Nurse


MSU Billings started an RN to BSN program in Fall of 2017, graduating the first class in Summer 2018. More information about the RN to BSN program can be found on the Allied Health Professions website

What’s the difference between an ASN and a BSN?

The work environments and entry wage for RN’s with BSN degrees may be identical to that of RN’s with an ASN degree. Those who completed BSN programs have additional education in management, leadership, health policy, and research. Hospitals may have a preference for a BSN in specialty areas, such as ICU, labor and delivery, and pediatrics. 


City College occasionally offers CNA training designed to prepare students to sit for the nursing assistant certification. This is an optional training that is not required for practical or registered nursing programs. The training usually runs during the summer months. Please contact our Director of Nursing, Susan Floyd (406.247.3073), for more information. 

There are multiple other sites in the state that also offer CNA training, including the MT Dept. of Public Health & Human Services Facility Directory

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