2017-2018 Catalog

Nursing Department

  • Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (ASN) (104 Credits)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (RN/BSN) (180 Credits)

Program Description

The associate and baccalaureate degree programs provide the theoretical and clinical foundations for educational and career mobility in nursing. The programs prepare graduates to practice in a variety of rural and Native American health care settings. The core competencies integrate evidence-based practice with health promotion, acute, and chronic care of individuals across the lifespan, families, communities, and populations.

The nursing curricula are based in part on the underpinnings of Knowles Adult Learning Theory, Campinha-Bacote Cultural Competence Model, and Leininger Theory of Transcultural Nursing. The nursing curricula are designed for students to earn their ASN degree, pass the NCLEX-RN exam, and return for one/two years to complete a BSN degree. The philosophy and organizing framework for the programs are published in the ASN and RN/BSN Student Handbooks. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Nursing Department (406-275-4909) for the most current admission requirements and program updates. Also, consult our website, www.nursing.skc.edu, for information.

Career Pathways

A graduate from SKC Nursing programs will be prepared to work as bedside nurses in a hospital setting or clinic setting. The beginning salary for a new graduate nurse is around $28,000 to $50,000 per year average. The beginning hourly wage of an RN is $16-$26 per hour. This number can increase over time, as the RN gains experience, certifications, or if the RN specializes in a specific area of nursing. The degree prepares the student for postgraduate studies and degrees in nursing or health-related fields. Students may continue going to school to receive an advanced degree at colleges or universities that offer bachelor, masters, DNP and PhD programs in nursing.


The ASN and RN/BSN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. Nursing Program information is printed in this catalog, the ASN and RN/BSN program information guides, the ASN and RN/BSN Handbooks and at the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. 404-975-5000 (http://acenursing.org/).