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2018 Application Period Opens May 2, 2017



The application process and requirements have changed for the 2018 RN-BSN application period.  Please visit the links below from more information on the new process and requirements. 



Application FAQs


Application Packet


NursingCAS Application Instructions



Students will be accepted into the RN-BSN program as completed applications from qualified applicants are received.  Once all allotted seats are filled, students will be adimitted into the next available cohort. 


All accepted applicants are required to pay a $300 non-refundable deposit to secure their seat in the program.  This deposit will be applied toward the student's first semester tuition.



Updated 2018 RN to BSN Requirements

  • Graduate of an Associates Degree Program in Nursing (or diploma program).
  • Active and unencumbered RN license.
  • RNs must have completed all three of the required pre-requisite courses (Nutrition (3 credits), Anatomy & Physiology (4 credits), Microbiology (4 credits)) at time of application.
  • RNs must have all core courses completed or in progress at time of application.  All courses must be completed for the RN to start the RN-BSN program.  Students must be able to prove enrollment in any remaining courses if their courses are not already completed.


Providence St. Joseph Health Scholarship Requirements

  • Employed at a Providence St. Joseph Health or partner organization as 0.6 FTE (24 hours) or greater for 6 months as a Registered Nurse (RN).  LPN and CNA experience is not eligible for this program.
  • Special note:  Please check with your manager or CNO, not all Providence St. Joseph Health and partner organizations offer a scholarship.
  • Per diem employees are not eligible for the scholarship, however, they can apply to the program and pay a $481/credit rate.
  • Providence St. Joseph Health RNs must be employed in a benefited position (0.6 FTE or greater) at the time they submit their UGF application and stay in a benefited position throughout the program.
  • RN is in good standing at the facility (RN is currently not on a performance plan or has not been on a plan for the last 12 months).
  • RN is not on an active medical leave.



The University of Great Falls core curriculum is updating Fall 2017.  A previous bachelor's degree waives all core course requirements.  If you do not have a previous bachelor's degree, please contact the program coordinator to find out what courses you will need to complete prior to applying for the RN-BSN program:


Mallory Morse

Nursing and Health Programs Coordinator





Nursing Program Information





Academic Requirements



Pre-Requisite Completion



Important Contacts


Student Testimonials


BSN Program Student Handbook





The RN-BSN completion program at the University of Great Falls is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.



Academic Requirements


The University of Great Falls Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion Program is designed for completion in five consecutive semesters. Following a required program orientation, students complete all required nursing and other coursework online delivered through a combination of distance learning technologies. Nurses progress through the program on a part-time, cohort-based model with required nursing courses being offered on a single day every other week.


Local nurse faculty members at each distance site work in close partnership with University of Great Falls faculty in Great Falls, Montana to assure students receive a consistent and student-focused experience. Successful students begin in Summer I as a cohort, progress through the subsequent four semesters together, and meet requirements for graduation at the end of Fall Semester II. The program as designed is completed in approximately 18 months.


The program’s mission is “to prepare graduates for accountable and professional nursing practice that is relationship-based, vigilant, theory guided, and grounded in the best possible evidence.” This mission is supported by a conceptual framework comprised of the following constructs:


Relationship-Based Care
The University of Great Falls RN to BSN Degree Completion Program honors the patient and family as the center of the care delivery team. In relationship-based practice, excellent patient care outcomes are achieved through collaborative and sacred relationships among the patient, his or her family, and the healthcare team.



Nursing vigilance is reflected in unwavering attention to both the patient and the care delivery environment. This vigilance protects patients from harm and assures their safe passage as they journey through the continuum of their care experience.


 Professional Accountability

The professional nurse is accountable for nursing outcomes of care delivery by ensuring vigilant care processes, maintaining expertise in practice, and creating healing care environments. The professional nurse is answerable for practice that consistently meets established standards. This accountability includes steadfast pursuit of opportunities to coach and mentor other members of the inter-professional healthcare team. Nurses are at all times responsible for their own self-care, professional development, and proactive career management.


Constant, complex change is the expected norm and sets the context for contemporary life in health care delivery. Professional nurses thrive in- and are prepared to lead and manage positive change in improving health; with patients, colleagues, and communities.








Chair of Nursing & Health Programs:

Victoria Hays, DNP, PHCNS-BC


Full-Time Nursing Faculty:

Jennifer Elison, EdD

Lisa Harmon, PhD

Janet Houston, MSN

Victoria Plagenz, PhD

Lynette Savage, PhD

Shelly Granger, MS


Adjunct Nuring Faculty:

Kathrine Bullard, DNP

Lori Mullenhour, MSN


Additional Faculty from other Disciplines:

Timothy Glatzer, PhD





Curriculum Planner for Nursing Major (B.S.) 


First Semester Courses (Summer Session 1)

NRS 301: Research Methods and Statistics (3 credits)

NRS 303: Introduction to Nursing Leadership (1 credit)


Second Semester Courses (Fall Session 1)

NRS 402: Evidence-based Practice (3 credits)

NRS 407: Public Health: Nursing Care of Populations (3 credits)

NRS 418: Global Perspectives in Healthcare (3 credits)


Third Semester Courses (Spring Session 1)

NRS 403: Ethical Decision-Making and Spirituality (3 credits)

NRS 405: Pathophysiologic and Pharmacologic Concepts (3 credits)

NRS 491: Capstone I (3 credits)


Fourth Semester Courses (Summer Session 2)

NRS 419: Organizational Leadership in Quality and Safety (3 credits)


Fifth Semester Courses (Fall Session 2)

NRS 408: Health Promotion and Disease in the Community (3 credits)

NRS 420: Advanced Issues in Nursing Leadership (3 credits)

NRS 492: Capstone II (final project) (3 credits)



Graduating with UGF Honors


For students to be eligible to graduate with honors from the University, students need to complete the following:


  • Complete all University coursework
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 or greater and
  • Complete a minimum of 50 credits from the University of Great Falls 
  • The Bachelors of Science in Nursing program is only 34 credits; nurses will need to complete additional coursework to meet the 50 credit honors requirement.  One way of accomplishing this is taking the core courses at the University (on-line).




January 2018 Tuition
  • Students on the Providence St. Joseph Health Scholarship pay a co-pay of $750 per academic semester.  There are 5 semesters- beginning January 2018 and extending to July 2019.
  • Providence employees who are not eligible for the Providence St. Joseph Health Scholarship pay $481 per credit.
  • Non-Providence employees pay $766 per credit.  There are a total of 34 credits in the RN-BSN program.
  • All applicants are required to pay a $300 non-refundable deposit to secure their seat in the program.  This deposit will be applied toward the student's first semester tuition.

Other Tuition

  • The student co-pay for the 2017 RN to BSN program is $750 per semester (5 semesters) after the Providence St. Joseph Health Scholarship has been applied.  This co-pay of $750 includes the purchase of a UGF laptop that will be provided to each student on the first day of the summer session. 
  • The co-pay for the 2016 Cohort is $500 per semester after the Providence St. Joseph Health Scholarship has been applied.


Core and prerequisite course tuition for Providence St. Joseph Health caregivers who are enrolled or are preparing to enroll in the RN to BSN Program is $150/credit (no fees). This applies to core courses offered via the University of Great Falls Distance Learning.



Student Resources


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Registrar Office



Busines Office



Financial Aid





Important Contacts


Mallory Morse

Nursing and Health Programs Coordinator






Gia Frank, BSN, RN
Staff Nurse, Medical/Renal Unit
Providence Regional Medical Center
Everett, WA
“People ask me if this nursing program made me a better nurse.  And I say it really did – it made me think outside myself. It made me realize what power we have as nurses to promote positive change.”
Lorrie Hubbard, RN
Assistant Nurse Manager, Adult Intensive Care Unit
Providence Alaska Medical Center
Anchorage, AK
“I chose to attend UGF because Providence is committed to excellence and they have partnered with a University that shares this same vision. I truly believe a BSN degree should be entry level for nurses because it can only serve to elevate our profession and to provide us additional tools to better care for our patients.”
Pam Harer, BSN, RN
Assistant Nurse Manager, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Burbank, CA
“This program is a preparation in leadership.  With this leadership, patients receive comprehensive care that incorporates the patient’s cultural, spiritual, and age appropriate needs, with the family in mind.”
Thomas Peterson, BSN, RN
Staff Nurse, Emergency Department
Providence Portland Medical Center
Portland, OR
“This program gets you thinking.  It opens your eyes and challenges you in ways that improve your clinical practice.”
Dawn Rohrbach, BSN, RN
Assistant Clinical Nurse Manager, Intensive Care Unit
Providence Saint Patrick Hospital
Missoula, MT
Providence has given nurses this wonderful opportunity to participate in this advanced degree program that is challenging and rewarding to the professional nurse.”
Myra Lehman, BSN, RN
Charge Nurse, Emergency Department
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Polson, MT
“The UGF instructors are supportive and knowledgeable, and their attitude with students is one that continually communicates to us how to be successful.  The camaraderie from my fellow students in the program was tremendous and I felt supported every step of the way.”



 Check back soon for additional testimonials.




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