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Montana State University (College of Nursing)




The MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing was founded in 1937 and has received continuous national accreditation since 1949. Since its inception, the College has been a multi-campus program, making effective use of educational and clinical resources in the state. The College's administration is located on the main campus of MSU-Bozeman, where most undergraduate students complete lower division nursing requirements. Students move to one of the campuses located in the state's major populations areas, Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula, to complete their upper division course work. With their greater population concentrations, these communities possess health care facilities that provide the degree of complexity, size and diversity of patient population needed for upper division clinical experience. Each of the College's campuses has resident faculty who serve both undergraduate and graduate students.

As a multi-site program in a rural setting, the College meets a number of challenges related to maintaining program identity and quality in each location. At the graduate level, for example, accessibility is balanced with close supervision by combining distance education, "face-to-face" classes and on-site clinical supervision. Graduate students may access courses from any of the College's four campuses via teleconference, online, and interactive video.

VISION STATEMENT

The College will foster excellence in Professional Nursing as a key for a healthy Montana through:
* Innovative baccalaureate and graduate education
* Dynamic research and scholarship
* Creative service
* Exceptional practice
* Progressive local and international partnership

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

The Montana State University College of Nursing has been educating students for careers in nursing since 1937. It is the oldest state-supported institution offering nursing education in Montana and the only institution offering master's degrees in nursing.

The undergraduate Baccalaureate Program has had continuous approval by the State Board of Nursing since 1937 and has received continuous national accreditation since 1949. The accreditation process evaluates the College in relation to national standards of excellence in nursing education. The baccalaureate program includes two years of lower-division study that can be completed at any campus and two years of study at an upper-division campus site (Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula). Faculty members are assigned to a campus where they live, work and supervise students in a variety of health care agencies. Graduates of the program are recommended for admission to the licensing examination for registered nurses. MSU graduates are highly successful on the NCLEX-RN (State Board) examinations, consistently achieving very high pass rates.

The College also works closely with Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who wish to become registered nurses (RNs) through baccalaureate education.

The College's Distance Graduate Program has been nationally recognized for excellence in the areas of rural nursing practice, theory development and research, and for the preparation of health care providers to serve rural states. This program is also nationally accredited.

BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM (BSN)

The MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing offers the only public generic baccalaureate nursing program in the state of Montana. Since its inception in 1937, the College of Nursing has been a multi-campus program, making effective use of educational and clinical resources in the state. The College's administration is located on the main campus of MSU-Bozeman.

Undergraduates complete upper division coursework in one of the state's major populations areas, Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell or Missoula (see our Campuses page.) With their greater population concentrations, these communities possess health care facilities that provide the degree of complexity, size and diversity of patient population needed for upper division clinical experience. Each of the College's campuses has resident faculty who serve both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate clinical sections usually have eight to ten students per faculty member, and students are able to form close relationships with their faculty, advisors and fellow students.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program can be completed in eight semesters with appropriate planning (see required courses listed below or for complete information, see the MSU Catalog). The first and second years are a mixture of nursing preparatory courses and the core curriculum—courses in the arts, sciences and humanities that are required of all MSU students. By the junior year, students are well prepared to work with patients. During the junior and senior years students do clinical work in a variety of hospital and health care facilities in their upper division community area.



School name:Montana State UniversityCollege of Nursing
Address:Sherrick Hall, P.O. Box 173560
Zip & city:MT 59717-3560 Montana
Phone:(406) 994-3783
Web:http://www.montana.edu/wwwnu/
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College of Nursing Courses


NURSING AS A PROFESSION
The purpose of this course is to initiate and foster the professional socialization process. Content and activities expose students to issues surrounding the nursing profession, multiple roles of nursing in society and health care, and concepts related to the dimensions of nursing practice: nurse, client, health and environment.

SEMINAR
Topics offered at the lower division level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

FOUNDATIONS OF ETHICAL NURSING PRACTICE
Drawing on contemporary issues in bioethics this foundational course explores influential moral values, philosophical principles and theories as formal grounding for ethical decision making and action in health care. A broad historical, cultural and societal perspective is emphasized to provide the background for understanding the everyday ethical problems that health professionals encounter in their practices. A psychological and social framework of analysis is used to foster sensitivity, skills of analysis and ethical behavior in situations of moral conflict.

FOUNDATIONS FOR PLANNING AND PROVIDING CLINICAL NURSING CARE
Application of nursing principles, concepts and related skills for care of the individual needing assistance. The clinical decision-making process will be utilized in the provision of nursing care in clinical settings.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
This course provides an introduction to the abnormal functioning of human cells, tissues, and organ systems, and the physiological adaptations that occur. Commonly encountered age-related variations will be addressed. The influences of environment, genetics, nutrition, and culture will be emphasized. Current research that explains the changes that accompany a particular syndrome or disease will be considered.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
This course is designed to teach the student a health oriented approach to nursing assessment of clients across the life span in a variety of community based settings. The primary focus of the course is on normal health assessment findings, with recognition of abnormal variations. This course emphasizes development of the skills needed to perform a comprehensive health assessment of children, adults, and the elderly. Data collection through comprehensive history taking and physical assessment is emphasized. Utilizations of assessment findings in clinical decision making is discussed throughout the course.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Directed research and study on an individual basis.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH/CREATIVE ACTIVITY INSTRUCTION
Classroom instruction associated with directed undergraduate research/creative activity projects.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH/CREATIVE ACTIVITY
Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a written work or other creative project.

CAREER ANALYSIS AND DEVELOPMENT
Focus of this course is to assist the RN/BSN student in developing an understanding of baccalaureate nursing education and in establishing professional career goals. The student will create an individualized plan of study based on previous learning and experience.

CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS FOR BACCALAUREATE NURSING
Examination/application of theories/concepts relevant to nursing practice and health care delivery. Integrates developmental, cultural, and rural issues. Emphasis on nursing as a profession including communication, nursing process, and teaching learning skills as basis for problem solving/decision making.

NURSING PHARMOCOTHERAPEUTICS
The focus of this course is to examine pharmocotherapeutics in nursing practice. Clinical application of pharmacological and pathophysiological principles; physical, psychological, social and cultural factors; age related variations; and alternative therapies will be highlighted.

PSYCHOSOCIAL NURSING CONCEPTS
This course explores selected psychosocial concepts and theories basic to nursing practice with clients in a variety of settings. Topics include family theory, palliative care, crisis theory, anxiety, loss, grief and other human responses; and related psychosocial nursing strategies.

CARE MANAGEMENT I
This course focuses on care management and application of ethical legal concepts. The student is introduced to the nurse's role in care management. Care management is defined as a service for clients which includes screening, assessment, care planning, arranging for service, monitoring, reassessment, evaluation and discharge planning.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Nursing care of childbearing women, neonates and their families in a variety of settings. Normal pregnancy and childbirth will be addressed, as well as the identification and management of high risk childbearing situations. Selected healthcare of women content is included.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
The focus of this course is health promotion, disease prevention, illness management and nursing care of children within the family context in a variety of settings. This course builds upon and integrates knowledge gained from nursing, sciences and the humanities.

ACUTE AND CHRONIC ILLNESS
The focus of this course is application of theoretical and empirical knowledge to nursing care for clients across the adult lifespan with acute and chronic illness in a variety of settings. Health promotion, disease prevention, and symptom management are emphasized. This course builds upon and integrates knowledge gained from nursing, sciences and the humanities.

INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY BASED NURSING
The focus of this course is to introduce the student to community based nursing practice for individuals, families, populations and communities. There is an emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and health determinants in a variety of settings.

RESEARCH IN HEALTH CARE
Students are introduced to the research process and evidence-based practice. They will develop knowledge, skills, and values necessary to be informed consumers of health related research. Students will engage in research processes, examine research reports, and describe practice applications.

SEMINAR
Topics offered at the upper division level which are not covered in regular courses. Students help prepare and present discussion material.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP
This elective course is designed to increase competence and confidence in previously learned clinical skills. The student works with a registered nurse (RN) in a cooperating clinical agency for a period of intensified clinical experience.

ISSUES IN HEALTH POLICY AND HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS
Focus is on economics, public policy and political factors which affect the delivery of health and nursing care at the local, state, national and international levels. Students are encouraged to participate in efforts to influence health policy.

ADVANCED CLINICAL NURSING: CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
This course is designed to provide exposure to advanced theoretical and clinical experiences for the registered nurse working with cardiac patients. Content focuses on three distinct areas: diagnosis of cardiac disease, medical and surgical interventions, and recovery.

SPIRITUALITY IN NURSING
This course explores aspects of spirituality and the use of spiritually-based therapies in healthcare from various faith traditions. Spiritual assessment and spiritually-based strategies to promote health and wellness are emphasized. Although a multi disciplinary approach to spiritual care is presented, a nursing prospective is highlighted.

PSYCHIATRIC NURSING
The focus of this course is nursing care of clients with acute and chronic psychiatric disorders, including psychopathology associated with major mental illness. Community based experiences provide opportunity for continued development of therapeutic skills. Social, cultural, spiritual and environmental issues influencing mental health are explored.

CARE MANAGEMENT
This course focuses on care management with application of ethical and legal concepts. The care management process will be explored. Case management will be examined as a method of managing health care.

CARE MANAGEMENT II
This course builds on Care Management I and expands care management skills. It prepares students for care management implementation. Essential competencies will be facilitated using learning activities such as role playing, case study and debate.

URGENT AND PALLIATIVE CARE
The focus of this course is application of theoretical and empirical knowledge to nursing care for complex clients across the adult lifespan requiring urgent and palliative care in a variety of settings. Clinical decision making, triage and symptom management are emphasized. This course builds upon and integrates knowledge gained from nursing, sciences and the humanities.

CULTURAL APPLICATIONS IN NURSING: THE [SPECIFIC CULTURE] EXPERIENCE
This course is designed as an intense but time-limited immersion into another culture and is focused on health benefits, health care, and nursing applications. The experience will be preceded by analysis of cultural principles applicable to nursing and concluded by analysis of actual clinical participation with (specific culture) nurses and clients.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Directed research and study on an individual basis.

POPULATION BASED NURSING CARE IN THE COMMUNITY
The focus of this course is the health and well-being of the community. Global and national health problems are examined from a public health perspective. Community assessment and epidemiologic methods are used to identify populations at risk and potential areas for intervention.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
The focus of this course is to provide an integration of theory and skill development in leadership, management and organizational concepts for the design, coordination, and management of health care using the community based philosophy.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH/CREATIVE ACTIVITY INSTRUCTION
Classroom instruction associated with directed undergraduate research/creative activity projects.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH/CREATIVE ACTIVITY
Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis.

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