The University of Great Falls RN to BSN program is only available to RNs currently employed at Providence St. Joseph Health and Partners. Please see additional qualifications for the program below.
The 2017 Application is Now Open
Deadline to Submit Application: May 1, 2017
The application process and requirements have changed for the 2017 RN to BSN application period. Please visit the links below form more information on the new process and requirement
NursingCAS Application Instructions
Requesting UGF Transcripts
To determine what courses you will still need to complete, please use our student planners. Applicants with a previous bachelor's degee can access their student planner here. Applicants with an associate's degree or diploma can access their student planner here. For a list of courses being offered at UGF for summer 2017, please click here.
Updated 2018 RN to BSN Requirements
- Only 6 months of Providence or partner RN experience will be required at time of application to be eligible to appy. All applicants must be at a minimum of a .6 FTE.
- Reduced face to face orientation at the beginning of the program from 12 days to 4 days
- UGF will be enrolling students twice a year: Spring 2018 and Fall 2018
- All prerequisite and core classes must be completed at time of application
The application period for the January 2018 Cohort will be opening in April 2017. For information on your first steps to applying for this program, please contact:
Nursing and Health Programs Coordinator
Nursing Program Information
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.
The University of Great Falls Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion Program is designed for completion in five consecutive semesters. Following a required two-week, on-site immersion in Summer I, 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:
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.
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:
Kathryn Bullard, DNP
Lori Mullenhour, MSN
Additional Faculty from other Disciplines:
Rob Packer, PhD
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)
Many prospective candidates have remaining course work, outstanding core courses required by the University of all students that must be completed in addition to the nursing courses. Pre-requisites can be completed through the University of Great Falls’ Distance Learning program at a discounted rate. The University of Great Falls expects students to apply for admission to the University of Great Falls with an expressed interest in the nursing degree program. Students choosing to take core courses outside of the University of Great Falls must work with the Program Coordinator to ensure the transferability of these courses.
The Registrar's Office has previously approved several courses in transfer from a variety of schools. For a list of pre-approved courses, please click here. If you wish to take a course not listed here, please contact the Program Coordinator for approval. Please click here to view courses being offered at UGF summer semester 2017.
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).
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.
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Nursing and Health Programs Coordinator
Gia Frank, BSN, RN
Staff Nurse, Medical/Renal Unit
Providence Regional Medical Center
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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.