Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The College of Nursing at Montana State University offers an Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Program for students to earn a second baccalaureate degree in nursing. This option is available only to students who already have earned a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing. Students are required to have completed the same prerequisite courses as the traditional students EXCEPT for WRIT 101. Post-baccalaureate students also do not need to complete Core requirements to gain a second degree. Once admitted to the accelerated nursing major, they complete the BSN degree in an accelerated 12 month schedule. The ABSN nursing courses are offered to students receiving placement at one of five MSU nursing campus sites: Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula.

NOTE: Required pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better and no more than one repeat of a course is permitted regardless of when or where taken. A passing grade of C or better is required for all nursing curriculum courses.

ABSN Pre-Requisite Requirements

All pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the ABSN program. 

Introduction to General Chemistry
and Introduction to General Chemistry Lab
CHMY 123
CHMY 124
Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab
BIOM 250Microbiology for Health Sciences: Infectious Diseases3
BIOM 251Microbiology for Health Sciences Lab1
BIOH 201Human Anatomy and Physiology I5
BIOH 211Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
M 121QCollege Algebra3
STAT 216QIntroduction to Statistics3
NUTR 221CSBasic Human Nutrition3
WRIT 201College Writing II3
COMX 111USIntroduction to Public Speaking3
HDFS 101ISIndiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan3
or PSYX 230 Developmental Psychology
SOCI 101ISIntroduction to Sociology3
or PSYX 100IS Intro to Psychology
NRSG 116Introduction to Professional Nursing2
Total Credits44

ABSN Program Courses 

Once admitted to the program, students complete the following coursework in three semesters over 12 months of study beginning in the Fall semester of each year:

Senior YearCredits
NRSG 318 - Accelerated Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurses 4    
NRSG 323 - Professional Development I: Professional and Ethical Nursing1    
NRSG 327 - Foundations of Nursing Care2    
NRSG 328 - Foundations of Nursing Lab3    
NRSG 329 - Adult Health Assessment3    
NRSG 333 - Concepts in Health Promotion and Psychosocial Nursing4    
NRSG 334 - Nursing Practice for Health Promotion1    
NRSG 400 - Nursing Simulation1    
NRSG 324R - Professional Development II: Evidence Based Practice   3  
NRSG 358 - Nursing Concepts in Reproductive Health and Pediatric Care  4  
NRSG 359 - Nursing Practice in Reproductive Health and Pediatric Care  3  
NRSG 400 - Nursing Simulation  2  
NRSG 452 - Health Policy & Economics   2  
NRSG 460 - Nursing Concepts in Acute and Chronic Care   4  
NRSG 461 - Nursing Practice for Acute and Chronic Care   3  
NRSG 400 - Nursing Simulation    1
NRSG 406 - Professional Development V: Care Management and Informatics in Healthcare Systems     3
NRSG 412 - Professional Development IV: Nursing Leadership and Transition to Practice    2
NRSG 426 - Nursing Concepts in Population Health     2
NRSG 427 - Nursing Practice in Population Health    2
NRSG 431 - Nursing Concepts in Psychiatric/Mental Health    2
NRSG 432 - Nursing Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health    1
NRSG 488 - NCLEX Preparation    1
NRSG 498 - Professional Internship    2
Year Total: 19 21 16
Total Program Credits: 56