Leverage your high school accomplishments. Earn clinical placement early.

The Nursing Scholars Edge Program is a direct entry opportunity that selects 10 top Montana high school seniors every year from a pool of qualified applicants. These incoming freshmen secure clinical spots in the Sherry Lesar School of Nursing. Earning a seat in the clinical program is a highly competitive process for students who don’t have the Nursing Scholars Edge Program advantage. 

By applying and being selected for one of the 10 Nursing Scholars Edge Program spots, the student needs to maintain a 3.75 grade point average in pre-nursing coursework in order to enroll in the clinical portion of the nursing program, after taking prerequisites. Program participants get to bypass one of the major hurdles to clinical selection: the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam.

The TEAS exam is a test administered to gain admission into the clinical portion of nursing schools. At Montana Tech, your exam score is factored into your application, along with your overall GPA and your grades in certain prerequisites. The TEAS exam is known for being a difficult test, and poor scores can often be a roadblock to clinical placement.

10 top Montana high school seniors selected
3.5 or higher GPA required
Secure clinical spot without TEAS exam
Student Testimonials
Darby Perrenoud
Darby Perrenoud

See how the Nursing Scholars Edge Program gave Darby Perrenoud, a native of the tiny town of Lima, Montana, an advantage.

Emaleigh Packer works in the nursing simulation lab
Emaleigh Packer

Emaleigh Packer of Deer Lodge says the Nursing Scholars Edge Program took the stress out of her course load.

Application & Promotional Materials
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Apply to Nursing Scholars Edge Direct Entry Program.

The Nursing Scholars Edge Program has a special application that must be filled out prior to January 19, 2024.

Make sure your general application is complete.

You must first be admitted to Montana Technological University to be eligible for the Nursing Scholars Edge Program.

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Download the program flyer.

Feel free to print our program flyer and distribute in your community!

Connect with us.

We'll answer your questions and help you get started.

nursing@mtech.edu