Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum GPA to get in?
Students applying for a clinical seat in the BSN program must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on the nine pre-requisite courses listed on the BSN Fact Sheet and must have a C+ or higher in NRSG 100 or NRSG 107. In order to calculate your entrance score for consideration, 60 percent of the score will come from your GPA on these eight courses and 40 percent will come from your score on the TEAS V (see below). Therefore, the lowest GPA accepted varies each year dependent on number of applicants, overall GPA of applicants and their scores on the TEAS V. For the BSN completion program, there is no minimum GPA, however you must have already earned an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) and hold an unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse (RN).
What is a TEAS Exam?
A TEAS V exam is a Test Of Essential Academic Skills. BSN students must have a Proficient score of 68.3 percent or higher. Proficient scores generally indicate a moderate level of overall academic preparedness necessary to support learning of nursing-related content. Students may purchase study guides and practice tests through www.atitesting.com. Preparing for the exam is highly recommended. BSN completion program students do not need to take the TEAS exam.
What are the pre-requisites required to get into the BSN program?
Applicants are required to have the following pre-requisites for consideration in the Nursing Department:
- BIOH 201/202 *Human Anatomy & Physiology I -w/lab
- BIOH 211/212 *Human Anatomy & Physiology II -w/lab
- WRIT 121 Introductions to Technical Writing College Writing
- CHMY 121 *Intro to General Chemistry
- CHMY 122 *Intro to General Chemistry Lab
- Math 121 *College Algebra
- NUTR 258 *Fundamentals of Nutrition
- PSYX 100 Intro to Psychology
- NRSG 107 Perspectives in Professional Nursing
- SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
- PSYX 230 *Developmental Psychology
- BIOM 250/251 *Microbiology for Health Sciences Lecture-w/lab
- STAT 216 or 131 Introduction to Statistics or Biostatistics
- HCI 316 Healthcare Ethics
- ANTY 122 Race & Minority/ or Humanities
- WRIT 391W *Advanced Composition
What does it cost to get a nursing degree?
Completion of a degree in nursing is costly. In addition to tuition and fees, nursing students should be aware that required nursing textbooks/reference materials are expensive and that many courses require several texts. The students should also plan for a number of out-of-pocket expenses related to clinical supplies and course /program requirements. Once accepted into the nursing program, BSN students are assessed a program fee each semester of $550.00. There is also current lab, insurance and distance fees that are approximately $535.00 for each semester of the program.
How long does it take?
Four Years for a 120 credit BSN.
How do I know if my credits transfer?
You will need to contact the Transfer Credit Evaluator in the Enrollment Service office to have a Transfer Credit Evaluation completed at 406-496-4485. It is the student's responsibility to obtain written documentation from the Montana Tech Registrar regarding approval of transfer and/or course substitutions. You must have PRIOR written approval from the Registrar that a course taken at another campus is equivalent to a MT Tech course.
How do I apply to the BSN program?
Applications to the BSN program are available in the Nursing Department. You may call to have an application mailed, or pick one up in the department. Once the application is filled out, it must be returned to the department and checked and signed by an advisor. Please contact the department for available hours, 496-4390 for additional information.
What immunizations are required to apply?
Applicants to the BSN programs must be current with:
- Students must have proof of Tdap within the last 10 years. (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis).
- Proof of measles, mumps, rubella and or immunity.
- Proof of Varicella vaccination or immunity (two doses four weeks apart, or a positive titer).
- Proof of annual (fall) Influenza vaccination.
- Evidence of Hepatitis B vaccination (series of three shots) or seroimmunity (demonstrated with a positive titer). It is important to note that you need to allow at least 7½ months to complete the series.
- Current evidence of freedom from tuberculosis (TB skin test or chest x-ray) annually.
- CPR-- evidence of current completion of an approved CPR course, must have adult and infant (American Heart Association Health Care Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer.)
What CPR course is required?
Students in the BSN program must have evidence of current completion of an approved CPR course, must have adult and infant (American Heart Association Health Care Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer.)
Do I have to submit to a background check?
Background checks are required annually for both BSN programs. Full instructions on how to complete the background check will be provided to the newly admitted students prior to orientation.
What is the approximate cost of text books?
Cost of text books varies from semester to semester, approximate cost is $800.00.
What courses are offered online?
The only BSN course offered online is NRSG 107 – Perspectives in Nursing, which is a pre-requisite to applying to the BSN program.
All BSN nursing courses are offered in an online format, including:
- NRSG 306W - Community Health Nursing
- NRSG 309W - Care of the Aging Client
- NRSG 311W -Trends & Issues
- NRSG 320- Nursing Informatics
- NRSG 325W - Advanced Health Assessment
- NRSG 344W - Family Nursing
- NRSG 356W - Advance Pathophysiology
- NRSG 404W - Nursing Across the Health Care Continuum
- NRSG 410W - Nursing Theory
- NRSG- 420W - Nursing Research
- NRSG 485W - Nursing Leadership & Management
Can you attend the program part-time?
Pre-requisites can be attended as a part-time student, but once accepted into the clinical component of the BSN program the student is expected to be full-time. The BSN completion program can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis.
How far back do transfer credits go?
General education courses are good for 15 years. Science courses (A&P I, A&P II, Introduction to General Chemistry, Introduction to General Chemistry Lab, Microbiology) are good for 5 years.
Please check with the transfer evaluator in the Enrollment Services office for more information - 406.496.4485.
Applications for Fall are available the first week in April. Applications for Spring are available the first week in November. Please call the Nursing Department for more information - 406.496.4390.
Is a drug screen required?
For some clinical rotations in the BSN, the facility may require a drug screen at the student's expense.