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 Salish Kootenai College 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 Nursing Program promotes collaborative partnerships and relationships with individuals and communities to enhance their health, well-being, and cultural identity.

SKC will be retiring the Associate of Science Degree         (ASN) in Nursing 

We at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) are very excited to be moving forward to a four-year generic Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). The BSN degree is now an industry standard, particularly among larger healthcare systems across the country including federal entities such as the Indian Health Service and Veterans Administration, SKC is committed to providing the gold standard of pre-licensure degree offerings.

SKC will be retiring the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) with the last class graduating in Spring of 2022. Our implementation of the four-year generic BSN will begin next Fall, 2020. Students currently enrolled in the pre-nursing year this Fall (2019) are eligible to apply Spring of 2020 for the last admitting cohort to the ASN program. These students will enter Level I of the ASN program in Fall of 2020, Level II in the Fall of 2021, and graduate Spring of 2022. This will be the last graduating ASN cohort.

 

 

Directors Welcome

Welcome to Salish Kootenai College Nursing Department

Director’s Welcome We welcome YOU to the Nursing Department at Salish Kootenai College!

This nursing 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 types of locations. Our nursing program embraces the Native American culture and prepares our graduates to be able to provide culturally congruent care.

The faculty and staff of this department are focused on the success of our students in both the ASN and BSN programs. The ASN program transitions seamlessly to the RN-BSN completion program. Upon completion of the ASN program, students take their licensing exam (NCLEX); once students are licensed, they are eligible to enter the BSN completion program. After students earn their baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN), many continue on to complete graduate degrees in nursing and other fields.

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.

Lisa Harmon, PhD , RN, CNE
Chair, Nursing Department