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Welcome to Nursing at Great Falls College MSU

Nurses have the opportunity to work in an incredibly rewarding career where they help others with their health care needs. Nurses are critical to the delivery of quality healthcare in hospitals, clinics and private practice settings, to name a few options.

Demand continues to grow across Montana and the United States for educated and highly skilled nursing professionals. Students graduating from Great Falls College MSU nursing programs have the opportunity to help others, make a difference in healthcare delivery, earn competitive wages, grow and advance professionally. The Nursing programs at Great Falls College MSU give students the opportunity to choose a nursing pathways that is right for them. Both the Practical Nurse and the Registered Nurse programs educate, train and prepare students to take and pass the national licensure exams (NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN) and enter the workforce ready to work and make a difference. Once the NCLEX exam is successfully passed, a graduate may be eligible to apply for licensure by endorsement in any of the 50 states.

Montana is one of 34 states who belong, via state legislative ruling, to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). "The NLC increases access to care while maintaining public protection at the state level. Under the NLC, nurses can practice in other NLC states, without having to obtain additional licenses." Information about the NLC and the participating states can be found at: When a student nurse graduates from Great Falls College and passes the National Council Licensure Exam (RN or PN-NCLEX) in Montana, the Registered Nurse can legally work in Montana as a Registered Nurse as well as 33 other states, so long as they applied and met criteria for a multi-state license. The licensee must continually hold an unencumbered license in order to meet the requirements of the NLC.

Great Falls College MSU has not yet made a determination regarding whether its curriculum meets requirements for licensure by examination in states outside of Montana.

The links on this page will give you the information you need to choose the nursing program that is right for you.

Nursing Faculty

Lauren Swant

Lauren Swant, MSN, RNC-NIC, CNE

Office: R230

Kaylene Strutz photo

Kaylene Strutz, MSN, RN

Office: R233

Mandilynn Lee, RN photo

Mandilynn Lee, BSN, RN

Office: R228

Julie Derby, RN photo

Julie Derby, BSN, CCRN

Office: R234

Heather Smith, RN photo

Heather Smith, BSN, RN

Office: R234

Contact Information:

Lauren Swant

Lauren Swant
Nursing Program Director

Office: R230