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SKC Nursing in Brief

Salish Kootenai College Nursing program, established in 1988, leads the nation in graduating Native American Registered Nurses.  Individualized education and a supportive learning environment are hallmarks of the Salish Kootenai College Nursing program.

Nursing Department Mission

The mission of the SKC Nursing Department is to provide Native American nurses with the competencies required for professional practice and leadership in rural and tribal communities. The Department promotes collaborative partnerships and relationships with individuals and communities to enhance their health, well-being, and cultural identity.


Directors Welcome

Welcome to Salish Kootenai College Nursing Department

Directors’ Welcome

Welcome to the Nursing Department at Salish Kootenai College. This program was founded upon the ideal of educating nurses to serve diverse populations in rural settings. Our small class sizes and unique clinical settings prepare our graduates for the challenges of these locations. Our program embraces the Native American culture and prepares our graduates to be able to provide culturally competent care.

The faculty and staff of this department are focused on the success of our students. A large amount of resources are directed at supporting our students to be successful in the nursing program and ultimately passing the NCLEX licensing exam that allows them to become licensed Registered Nurses.

We also offer the RN-BSN Completion Program, which enables our students to complete their education and obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN). From this point many students continue on to complete graduate degrees in nursing and other fields.

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff of the Nursing Department, we want to welcome you. We look forward to the journey as you pursue your Associate or Baccalaureate degree in Nursing. We encourage you to become an active part of this program. It may be a difficult journey at times, but the rewards are great.

Patricia Kelly, MSN, FNP-BC, NP-C

Lisa Harmon, PhD, RN, CNE