Program Overview

The online RN to BSN degree completion program from Montana State University-Northern provides registered nurses the opportunity to complete an advanced degree in nursing while working as a healthcare professional. Graduates of the program possess the knowledge and skills to: 

  • ​Synthesize knowledge from the humanities, technological sciences, arts, and sciences to provide competent client-centered care with sensitivity and respect for individuals, groups, and communities
  • ​Demonstrate skill in actively collaborating with other health care professionals and clients by fostering open communication, mutual respect, and sound nursing judgment 
  • ​Utilize nursing evidence based practice to make clinical decisions based on the science of nursing and knowledge of other disciplines to promote safe, quality care
  • ​Analyze and implement client safety goals that minimize risk of harm to clients, providers, and communities
  • ​Create health promotion, wellness, and personal growth strategies for self, clients, families, groups, and communities
  • ​Incorporate leadership skills while taking individual responsibility and accountability for nursing decisions and actions based on ethical codes and standards of nursing practice

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)


    This bachelor completion program requires 120 credits for completion, including transfer credits.

    • Be admitted to Montana State University-Northern
    • Official transcripts from any college and/or university that you have attended or are currently attending
    • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above
    • Copy of government issued photo identification document
    • Proof of current licensure as a Registered Nurse (for the US state where the practicum is to be done) or proof of registration and scheduled date for the NCLEX Exam

    School Overview

    Montana State University-Northern is a public, four-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Havre, Montana. The institution was founded in 1929 as a branch of the University of Montana called Northern Montana College. The entire college was originally located in temporary quarters at Havre High School.

    Montana State University-Northern awards certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees from the following departments: 

    • Arts and Sciences
    • Business
    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Technical Sciences

    Nearly 50 percent of undergraduates and 35 percent of graduates are enrolled in online learning. MSU-Northern offers certain degree programs available completely online. Minors in Business Technology, Marketing, and Small Business Management can also be completed entirely online.


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