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Why Nursing?The Nursing Program (72 credit) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), fully approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing, and has been designed to prepare graduates who will be eligible to apply for RN Licensure. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to give direct patient-centered, safe, and effective care. They may function in cooperation with other members of the health team in hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices, and other health agencies. Please refer to the Nursing Page for additional information and links.
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|Prerequistes     14 Credits||Credits|
CHMY 121/122CHMY 121/122 - Intro to General Chemistry & Lab
This is an introductory general chemistry course. Topics covered include measurement systems, atomic structure, chemical periodicity, bonding, chemical reactions, acid-base chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisite: M 090 Introductory Algebra or M 100 Introduction to Technical Math, or M 111 Technical Mathematics, ACT score of 18 or higher in Math or Compass Placement score of 44 or higher on the Algebra section. Co-requisite: CHMY 122.
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BIOH 201/202BIOH 201/202 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I (equiv to 301) & Lab
This course is the first half of a one-year study in anatomy and physiology of the human body. The first semester will focus on the anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, the integumentary system, the musculoskeletal system, and nervous system. Completion of CHMY 121 Intro to General Chemistry is strongly recommended prior to enrollment in this course. Co-requisite: BIOH 202.
|Human Anatomy & Physiology I (equiv to 301) & Lab||4|
WRIT 101WRIT 101 - College Writing I
This is an introductory writing course with emphasis on writing to a targeted audience. College Writing I prepares students for success in a wide variety of academic and vocational writing concerns. The writing process, formal voice, audience concerns, close reading strategies, effective styles and techniques, and the use of the computer as a writing tool are covered. Asserting and supporting a central claim and using MLA documentation and format are addressed. Pre-requisite: appropriate placement.
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M 140M 140 - College Math for Healthcare
This course is designed to provide students with a solid mathematical foundation necessary to succeed in health care professions. This course reviews algebra, systems of measurement, ratio and proportions, basic probability and statistic concepts, and Ionic solutions and pH calculations. This course will apply mathematical reasoning and problem solving as it applies to the healthcare field and is a suitable Pre-requisite for STAT 216 Introduction to Statistics.
|College Math for Healthcare||3||First Year - Fall Semester     16 Credits||Credits|
BIOH 211/212BIOH 211/212 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II (equiv to 311) & Lab
This course is the second half of a one-year study of anatomy and physiology of the human body. This second semester will focus on the structure and function of the lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, digestive, and endocrine system. The relationship between body anatomy and physiology will be emphasized. Pre-requisite: BIOH 201/202. Co-requisite: BIOH 212.
|Human Anatomy & Physiology II (equiv to 311) & Lab||4|
PSYX 100PSYX 100 - Intro to Psychology
This course is an introduction to the methods of study in psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience, including an overview of physiological aspects of behavior, sensation, perception, research methodology, statistics, learning principles, motivation, intelligence, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality, therapy, and social psychology.
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NRSG 256NRSG 256 - Pathophysiology
This course introduces the student to the basic principles and processes of pathophysiology including cellular communication, genes and genetic disease, forms of cellular injury, fluid and electrolyte/acid base balance, immunity, stress coping and illness, and tumor biology. Pathophysiology of the most common alterations according to body systems will be discussed as well as the latest developments in research and patient-centered nursing interventions.
NRSG 232NRSG 232 - Foundations of Nursing
This course provides opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process. Students learn concepts and skills necessary for maintaining standard precautions, physical, psychological and nutritional safety, along with skills needed in therapeutic interventions. Students are introduced to the concepts of professional nursing, patient needs, safety, communication, teaching/learning, critical thinking, ethical-legal, rural nursing, cultural and ethnic diversity, and interdisciplinary patient-centered care. Co-requisite: NRSG 233.
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NRSG 233NRSG 233 - Foundations of Nursing Lab
An integration of lab experiences focusing on psychomotor nursing skills needed to assist individuals in meeting basic human needs. Application of the nursing process and hands-on learning experiences for nursing skills, patient assessments, nutritional safety, and basic therapeutic skills are practiced and demonstrated. Co-requisite: NRSG 232.
|Foundations of Nursing Lab||3||Second Year - Spring Semester     13 Credits||Credits|
NRSG 230NRSG 230 - Nursing Pharmacology
This course provides the student with an overview of pharmacology with an emphasis of the study of effects, interactions, and nursing considerations of pharmacologic agents on the client population across the lifespan. The course also explores the ethical, legal, cultural and age implications of pharmacologic therapy across diverse populations and the lifespan. Co-requisite NRSG 231.
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NRSG 234NRSG 234 - Adult Nursing I
This course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in NRSG 232 Foundations of Nursing, and places them in the context of patient-centered care. Social, cultural, ethical, rural and legal issues, end-of-life and palliative care across diverse adult populations are introduced. Health promotion and prevention throughout the adult lifespan, with specific focus on the geriatric patient, is emphasized. Normal aging, health alterations associated with aging, and their implications are addressed. Co-requisite: NRSG 235.
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NRSG 235NRSG 235 - Adult Nursing I Clinical
This clinical introduces the student to nursing practice in care of the stable adult patient. This includes care of the adult in a variety of health care settings. Students utilize the nursing process to develop individualized plans of care to prevent illness, promote wellness and maintain or restore health based on patient needs and evidence based practice. Co-requisite: NRSG 234.
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SOCI 101SOCI 101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a study of society and social interaction. Sociological methods, culture, socialization, social groups, social inequality, social institutions, collective behavior, and theories of social change are covered. Social theories are integrated with individual topics.
|Introduction to Sociology||3||Second Year - Fall Semester     16 Credits||Credits|
NRSG 244NRSG 244 - Adult Nursing II
This course builds upon previous knowledge of the nursing process and care of the patient experiencing acute and chronic disease alterations. Pathophysiologic processes are discussed as related to evidence-based nursing interventions. Students apply the nursing process, nutritional therapy, and pharmacological therapy utilizing interdisciplinary practice to promote, maintain, and restore health across the adult lifespan. Co-requisite: NRSG 245.
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NRSG 245NRSG 245 - Adult Nursing II Clinical
In this clinical experience the student will provide care for individuals and families experiencing acute health alterations, and those associated with chronic disease processes. Students use the nursing process to systematically analyze information to plan and implement nursing interventions which are individualized and founded on evidence-based practice. Co-requisite: NRSG 244.
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NRSG 236NRSG 236 - Health and Illness of Maternal Nursing
In this course, the student applies holistic concepts to the professional nursing care of the childbearing family including conception, prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum and newborn care. Content addresses health and complex alterations, reproduction and menopause, nutrition, therapeutic communication, ethical, legal, cultural and evidenced-based practice. Co-requisite: NRSG 237.
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NRSG 237NRSG 237 - Health and Illness of Maternal Nursing Clinical
In this course, the student applies holistic concepts to the professional nursing care of children and their families in health, illness, end-of-life and palliative care. Emphasis is placed on incorporating growth and developmental principles to facilitate positive health outcomes through health promotion, nutrition and disease prevention. Co-requisite: NRSG 236.
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NRSG 254NRSG 254 - Mental Health Concepts
In this course, the student focuses on the nursing concepts utilizing basic human needs, developmental theory, nursing process, therapeutic communication, and nursing interventions to promote and maintain health for clients and families experiencing mental-health issues. The student will examine client responses to stressors across the life span. Tasks of biological-behavioral concepts in psychosocial nursing care, rural and cultural impacts will be addressed. Co-requisite: NRSG 255.
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|Mental Health Concepts Clinical||1||Second Year - Spring Semester     13 Credits||Credits|
NRSG 259NRSG 259 - Adult Nursing III
Students are introduced to basic electrocardiogram interpretation, advanced concepts of perfusion, ventilation and complex pharmacologic regimens. In addition, this course builds upon previous knowledge of the nursing process and care of the patient experiencing acute and chronic disease alterations. Pathophysiologic processes are discussed as related to evidence-based nursing interventions. Students apply the nursing process, nutritional therapy, and pharmacological therapy utilizing interdisciplinary practice to promote, maintain, and restore health across the adult lifespan. Co-requisite: NRSG 261.
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NRSG 261NRSG 261 - Adult Nursing III Clinical
Students are introduced to basic electrocardiogram interpretation, advanced concepts of perfusion, ventilation and complex pharmacologic regimens. This clinical experience focuses on application of the nursing process and utilization of information to provide comprehensive nursing care to the acutely ill patient experiencing complex health alterations in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on prioritization of care and collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary team to ensure optimal patient care. Co-requisite: NRSG 259.
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NRSG 246NRSG 246 - Health and Illness of Child & Family Nursing
In this course, the student applies holistic concepts to the professional nursing care of children and their families in health, illness, end-of-life and palliative care. Emphasis is placed on incorporating growth and developmental principles to facilitate positive health outcomes through health promotion, nutrition and disease prevention. Co-requisite: NRSG 247.
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NRSG 247NRSG 247 - Health and Illness of Child & Family Nursing Clinical
In this clinical, students will utilize the nursing process to provide nursing care of healthy and high-risk pediatric populations and their families experiencing disruptions in bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs. Emphasis is also placed on health promotion, health maintenance, and therapeutic communication. Co-requisite: NRSG 246.
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NRSG 266NRSG 266 - Managing Client Care for the RN
In this course students examine concepts of leadership and management emphasizing prioritization, delegation, and supervision of nursing care for patients across the lifespan. Topics also include communication techniques, legal and ethical issues, care of the culturally diverse patient, and utilizing change theory. Healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environment issues are explored and applied to planning, collaborating and coordinating care across the continuum. Co-requisite: NRSG 267.
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NRSG 267NRSG 267 - Managing Client Care for the RN Clinical
This precepted clinical experience focuses on principles of nursing leadership and management in a variety of settings. Students apply knowledge to provide culturally competent, holistic interventions within the professional nursing role for individuals, communities, and families across the lifespan. Co-requisite: NRSG 266.
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Please refer to the the Current Catalog for specific program details.