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Registered Nursing Program
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Registered Nursing Program Information
Practical Nursing Program Information
The Associate of Science Nursing (ASN) program is approved by the Montana State Board
of Nursing, permitting students to sit for the national licensure examination for
registered nursing (NCLEX-RN) and to begin a successful career as a registered nurse.
After prerequisite coursework, the ASN-Registered Nurse program consists of four consecutive
semesters. The coursework for the program is competency-based and has the primary
goal of preparing graduates with the knowledge, skills, and values to enter the workforce
after passing the NCLEX-RN exam.
Students will need to be able to commit to a full week (Monday-Friday) while enrolled
in program courses. Students are in class or at clinical for fall and spring semesters,
with time off during the summer semester. This program is extremely fast-paced and
challenging with multiple tests, quizzes, and assignments due each week. The majority
of students will find it necessary to spend time outside of the classroom studying
and practicing lab/clinical skills. A good rule of thumb is that for every class hour,
at least 3 hours in preparation or in the completion of assignments will be necessary
to be successful.
To be eligible to apply for admission into the ASN-Registered Nurse program, applicants
must have completed the following:
Students interested in preparing for the Kaplan Admissions Test should review the
Test Outline and suggested preparatory text
Great Falls College MSU is committed to the provision of equal opportunity for education,
employment, and participation in all College programs and activities without regard
to race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services
(as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political ideas,
marital or family status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender
identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
The ASN-Registered Nurse Program Admissions Committee reviews application packets
and uses established admissions criteria to rank applicants for admission. The Application
Evaluation form used by the committee is completed by the student as part of the application
process. Criteria for selection emphasize academic performance in prerequisite courses,
Kaplan Admission Test score, previous education, and healthcare work experience.
Please review the Program Technical Standards as they are considered criteria for admission to the program.
Current students may apply during the Spring semester before the Fall program intake.
Applications become available the second Friday in February and must be delivered
or postmarked by the second Friday in May. Late applications will NOT be accepted.
However, students can apply before finishing their prerequisites and may be considered
for conditional acceptance if space is available. Final determination will be made
after satisfactory completion of the prerequisite courses.
To APPLY NOW please download the application and send all application items as a completed packet. Items sent separately and at
random are easily lost or misfiled. We are not responsible for any late, lost or misfiled
information. Please only send required documentation as other supplemental items will
be discarded. Application packets can either be mailed to the Nursing Program or hand-delivered
to the Health Science Administrative Assistance at GFC-MSU.
Health Science Administrative AssistantRoom R227406.771.4350
Registered Nurse Program Admissions CommitteeAttention: Associates of Science Nursing ProgramGreat Falls College MSU2100 16th Avenue SouthGreat Falls MT, 59405
Accepted students will be notified of their acceptance into the program typically
by the end of June. The specific date by which notification is mailed is noted in
the current program application. Accepted students will receive the intent to enroll
form which MUST be completed and returned to the College. If this letter of intent
to enroll is not returned by the assigned date, the student’s place will be offered
to another applicant.
Accepted students should plan on registering for program courses in August during
the mandatory Nursing Program orientation (date and time to be announced in the acceptance
letter) which will also include the mandatory Health Science Orientation.
Students not accepted will be notified typically by mid-July, with specific date by
which notification will be mailed noted in the current program application. If students
are not accepted into the ASN-Registered Nursing program, we highly encourage students
to consider applying for the CAS-Practical Nursing program. If space allows, applications
will be considered after the submission deadline. Also,graduation from the CAS-Practical
Nursing program increases the competitive score on the subsequent ASN-Registered Nursing
application the following year.
New students to Great Falls College are highly encouraged to register for the non-credit
course called “Tech Essentials”. This is not required but we strongly recommend you
complete it to help in familiarizing yourself with D2L, as the entire nursing program
utilizes this learning management system extensively. The course is designed to let
you do tasks you can expect to do in your regular nursing program courses. You’ll
have the opportunity to complete a practice assignment, submit a practice quiz, post
and reply to a discussion message, and take a survey.
All of this information is also available on the e-learning website at: elearning.gfcmsu.edu/gettingstartedinformation.html through video tutorials and an eLearning Guide. However, practice opportunities are
only available with registration for “Tech Essentials.” If interested, this will be
a course you may register for at nursing program orientation.
You’ll need to purchase textbooks for most classes. To find out what books you need:
The campus bookstore will carry all of your books needed for classes (and they buy
books back at a discounted price at the end of each semester). You’re also welcome
to shop on-line (Amazon is a great resource) for deals on books.
While you are a student at GFC MSU, you can download Office 365 Pro Plus for free.
You’re also licensed for up to 5 installs on a laptop, desktop, tablet, or smart phone.
Please note: It is not recommended that students plan to use a Chromebook, iPad, or Android tablet
as their primary device for completing schoolwork.
GFC MSU Disability Services helps accommodate for disabilities you may have. Not all
disabilities are visible, and a large number of students registered with Disability
Services have disabilities such as ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, health impairments,
or psychiatric disabilities.
Important: There are differences between disability in high school and disability in college.
The first step to determine eligibility for services is to schedule a one-hour intake
appointment with the Director of Disability Services to discuss how your disability
impacts your learning and together, determine reasonable Accommodations and Services.
For more information, visit Disability Services.
As a nursing program student, it is important to think about the elevation in expectations
and be proactive to address them. See this table below for some of the major expectations.
*Table information modified from www.brookhavencollege.edu
We want you to succeed! We have many great resources for students described below:
Students are eligible for free tutoring and support, including teaching successful
study skills like computer use, note taking, reading, test preparation and time management.
They even offer a Google+ Hangout for students who are unable to come to campus and
you can submit your papers and writing assignments by e-mail to have a tutor proof
your assignment and provide feedback.
Visit students.gfcmsu.edu/asc for more information
The Weaver Library is open as your major informational resource on campus. You can
find books, videos, and course reserves plus the student computer lab.
For more information, including their open hours, visit library.gfcmsu.edu