2020-2021 Catalog

Nursing Department

  • Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (ASN) (104 Credits)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (RN/BSN) (180 Credits)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Direct Admit Program (BSN) (185 Credits)


For the requirements for admission and further information about the BSN and RN-BSN degree programs, please refer to nursing.skc.edu website.

SKC Nursing Program Mission


The mission of the SKC Nursing Program is to provide Native American students with the competencies required for professional nursing practice and leadership in rural and tribal communities. The Program promotes collaborative partnerships and relationships with individuals and communities to enhance their health, well-being, and cultural identity.


Nursing Education


Nursing education at Salish Kootenai College provides a learning environment for students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to become competent nurse generalist clinicians. Progressive levels of nursing education support career mobility and expanded scopes of practice in alignment with the Future of Nursing initiative. Each level of nursing education provides a foundation for further professional education. 


Nursing education responds to advances in science, technology, and changes in nursing practice. Graduate competencies of critical thinking, culturally congruent care, communication, and citizenship are facilitated through structured learning activities, active learning, independent study, and student reflection. Learning takes place in a variety of contexts on campus, in the community, and through an online format. Clinical education includes campus-based practice, low and high fidelity labs/simulations, project focused learning, total patient care, and community-based care that encourages application of classroom learning. Education is a life-long commitment to personal and professional growth and development involving self-evaluation and reflection on personal goals. 


The SKC learning community supports cultural competence and mutual respect between and among faculty, students, and community partners. Faculty members are role models, mentors, facilitators, and resource persons responsive to the learning needs of students. The Nursing Program embraces Knowles Theory of Adult Learning principles. Students are adult learners who enter the educational process with life experiences, prior learning, and preferred ways of discovery. Students are expected to practice, acknowledge errors, and learn from such incidents to grow as individuals and professionals. Students are responsible for identifying their learning needs and preferences by utilization of appropriate learning resources to develop knowledge, skills, reasoning, and professional ethics as effective health care professionals.

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 urban, rural, and Native American health care settings. The core competencies integrate evidence-based practice principles in the 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 and Leininger Theory of Transcultural Nursing. The nursing curricula are designed for students to earn their ASN degree or 4-year BSN and, pass the NCLEX-RN exam. Graduates of the ASN program may return for one/two years to complete a RN-BSN completion degree. The philosophy and organizing framework for the programs are published in the ASN and BSN Student Handbooks. Please refer to nursing.skc.edu for the most current admission and program requirements and updates.

Career Pathways

A graduate from SKC Nursing programs will be prepared to work as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a variety of settings, including acute care, community health, educational setting, or clinic setting. According to the Montana Bureau of Labor Statistics (May, 2018), the mean wage for a Registered Nurse in Montana is $67,450. Employment projections suggest the need for Registered Nurses in Montana will continue to increase by an average of 3% per year. 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. Upon completion of the BSN program, students may continue on to graduate school at colleges or universities that offer master degrees, DNP and PhD programs in nursing.


The ASN and BSN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326. 404-975-5000



The ASN and BSN programs are approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing.

Montana State Board of Nursing, Department of Labor and Industry

PO Box 200513

301 S. Park Ave.

Helena, MT 59620-0513