2023-2024 Catalog

Nursing (RN/BSN) Program, Bachelor of Science

The RN/BSN program is designed for RNs with an Associate Degree in Nursing. The RN/BSN Program builds upon associate degree coursework to expand the level, complexity, and scope of RN practice to provide clinical leadership and care for individuals, families, and populations. The curriculum is designed to complete the BSN in 6 quarters part time. With specific advising, the student may complete their BSN in one year full-time if required general education coursework is completed. Students who have completed their associate degree in nursing at other institutions and wish to enroll in SKC's RN/BSN program may need to take additional courses to meet the program requirements. Advisors will work closely with students in order to develop an optimum program of study.

The Admission Process

The RN/BSN application and all supporting documents must be received by the SKC Nursing Department on the following dates to be considered for enrollment in RN/BSN courses. Fall admissions: June 7, 2024. Students will be notified of the Admission Committee's decision. 

A signed Acceptance Consent form that outlines student responsibilities is due by June 26, 2024.


Students may apply for:

  • Full-time or part-time plans of study.
  • Must have an unencumbered RN License. 

Admission Documents

There are two separate departments on campus that you will need to send documentation to:

1. SKC Enrollment Services:

  •  SKC application (found online at www.skc.edu)
  • Official high school college transcripts.
Please send to: SKC Enrollment Services  PO Box 70 Pablo, MT 59855
2. The SKC Nursing Department:
  • A completed Nursing Application form which  may be obtained online at nursing.skc.edu
  • An unofficial college transcripts
  • A copy of unencumbered RN license
Please send to: SKC Nursing Department  PO Box 70  Pablo, MT 59855
BSN advisors are available throughout the academic year for to assist with admission processes. Please call (406) 275-4922 for further information.


A GPA of 2.5 or greater for lower division general education and nursing coursework is required.

The following information must be submitted to the Nursing Department after acceptance into the RN/BSN Program by July 19, 2022.

  • Documentation of health insurance, IHS beneficiary status, Medicaid, or Medicare coverage.
  • Documentation of current Health Care Provider CPR certification.
  • A legal document containing photo such as driver’s license or passport.
  • Annual background checks are required.
  • RN/BSN students must attend a required online orientation prior to the beginning of classes.
  • A completed Health Form, documenting health status, immunizations, skin tests, and ability to meet physical and mental essential abilities criteria for nursing practice.


The Acceptance Process

Enrollment into baccalaureate level courses is based on availability of clinical facilities and faculty. The RN/BSN admission committee reviews all applications. Tribal members and American Indian descendants traceable to the second generation receive first preference for admission. RN/BSN students will be sent written notification of acceptance status into the RN/BSN program postmarked by May 13, 2023 for admission with the fall cohort.


In addition to SKC tuition and fees, RN/BSN nursing students have  costs including program fees, textbooks, professional liability insurance, health insurance, background check, and clinical travel.

Nursing Department Policies

Due to the unique nature of the nursing profession, the Nursing Department maintains policies in addition to those of the college. The policies are available in the BSN Student Handbook. Handbooks can be found on the nursing website at nursing.skc.edu. Examples of policies in the nursing student handbooks include progression, professional behavior, clinical requirements, and grading policies.

Please note that annual background checks, health history in which a healthcare provider asserts the student is capable of clinical experience, and current annual immunizations are completed are required every year the student is in the nursing program.

Program Delivery

RN/BSN courses are offered as online classes. General education courses are available online or on campus. Courses may require synchronous online activities one day per quarter throughout the program. Students will be notified on the first day of the quarter if any of their nursing courses will be meeting synchronously for a day in that quarter. Students must have access to a computer equipped with a webcam and a microphone;  high-speed Internet service is also required. Students are required to have a MS Office Suite, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Clinical Practicum

Two senior nursing courses include clinical preceptorships in institutional or community-based agencies. Students are expected to identify a project either with a quality improvement or health promotion focus.


End of Program Outcomes

The RN-BSN Program has three end of program outcomes which are measured annually:

  1. 65% or greater of the students complete the program
  2. Of the students who complete the program, 65% or greater complete the program within 6 quarters
  3. 15% or greater of graduates report a promotion or increase in scope of their work position within two years of graduation

RN/BSN Recommended Course Schedule for Part Time students


RN-BSN General Education and Elective Classes



NASD101History of Indians in the United States


ENGL306Writing Research Papers




Total Credit Hours:20
*If student did not graduate from SKC with ASN, will need to take 3 of these 6 credits of open electives in NASD for a total of 9 NASD credits for a BSN.

Fall (RN-BSN Year 1)

NURS305Nursing Theory


NURS430Evidence-Based Practice


ELECTIVEOpen Elective


Total Credit Hours:9
NURS 430 is designated as a course that emphasizes information literacy.

Winter (RN-BSN Year 1)

NURS354Issues in American Indian Health


NURS441Global Health


NURS449Pain Management


Total Credit Hours:9

Spring (RN-BSN Year 1)

NURS391Culture and Caring


NURS476Palliative Care


NURS304Health and Humanities




Total Credit Hours:12

Fall (RN-BSN Year 2)

NURS420QSEN Competencies


NURS408Family Care


NURS438Advanced Leadership


NURS400Diabetes Mellitus Type 2


Total Credit Hours:12

Winter (RN-BSN Year 2)

NURS355Ethics and Issues


NURS444Health Promotion, Health Protection, and Disease Prevention


NURS450Genetics and Genomics for Nurses


NURS469Senior Capstone I


Total Credit Hours:11

Spring (RN-BSN Year 2)

NURS472Population Focused Care


NURS499Senior Capstone II


NURS471Health Disparities


Total Credit Hours:9

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Total ASN Degree Credits: 104

Total RN-BSN General Education and Elective Credits: 20

Total Required RN-BSN Nursing Credits: 56

Total BSN Degree Credits:  185