Admission to nursing programs at transfer institutions is very competitive. Admission is based on grade prioritization and completion of prerequisite nursing classes. The courses listed will prepare students for a transfer toward the bachelor or associate degree programs in Nursing.
Prerequisites and some of the requirements for the two-year nursing programs at Montana State University – Northern and Salish-Kootenai College may be taken at FVCC. Likewise, some of the requirements for the four-year nursing programs at Montana State University – Bozeman and Carroll College may be taken at FVCC. Although courses taken at FVCC will lighten the load, it is necessary to spend two years for the ASN programs and two and a half years for the BSN programs at these institutions because of the required sequences of nursing and clinical courses. Application dates for the upper division course and clinical placement at MSU-Northern, Salish Kootenai College and Carroll College vary and change frequently. Students should check the School of Nursing web sites at the respective schools as they progress through the prerequisite courses to ensure a timely application.
At FVCC, students may complete the prerequisites for the four-year BSN program at Montana State University – Bozeman. If accepted for an upper division spring placement, students may complete their lower division nursing classes in Kalispell pending sufficient demand, during the preceding summer and fall semesters. Montana State University – Bozeman offers an upper division placement site in Kalispell. Starting fall 2011, MSU Bozemen will have two application periods for upper division placement; June 15th-August 1st for those starting the fall semester of the following calendar year and November 15th-January 1st for those starting the spring semester of the following year after this January 1st deadline. MSU’s Nursing application has an online application which becomes available on the first date of these two application periods.
Nursing programs and core requirements are very specific for each transfer institution. Students should check carefully with their advisor and the transfer institution to make sure that appropriate courses are taken.
Again, admission to nursing programs at transfer institutions is very competitive. Spaces are limited and the demand is high. Not only is it important for students to maintain a high grade point average in their Nursing prerequisite classes, but it is also important for students to be aware of additional factors that may give students an extra advantage for placement. For example, at Salish Kootenai College extra preference is given to applicants based on their heritage and the number and grade point average of general education courses completed at time of application. Therefore, students should become familiar with the guidelines and dates of application for admission to the institution(s) to which they wish to apply.