Salish Kootenai College Accreditation Agency
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) first accredited Salish Kootenai College in 1984 as a two-year institution of higher education. This accreditation was reaffirmed in 1989, 1993, 2003, and 2013. In 1998, the Commission accredited the College at the bachelor degree level.

Nursing Accreditation Agencies
Salish Kootenai College ASN Nursing Program is approved by Montana State Board of Nursing (pre-licensure).  Both ASN and BSN Nursing Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The ASN Nursing Program is accredited through June of 2022.

The BSN Nursing Program is accredited through October of 2027.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

Montana Board of Nursing
301 South Park
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Phone: (406) 841-2300
Montana Board of Nursing Website

NCLEX Pass Rate: ASN
2018 2019 2020 (YTD)
Percent Passing 85.7% 80.0% 88.2%
Number of First Time Test Takers 14 20 17

Salish Kootenai College graduates of the ASN and 4-year BSN are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (RN-NCLEX) in Montana. The graduate must submit a background check and a personal history to the Montana State Board of Nursing. These requirements, in conjunction with passing the RN-NCLEX, are needed for licensure as a Registered Nurse in Montana.

Montana is one of 34 states who belong, via state legislative ruling, to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). “The NLC increases access to care while maintaining public protection at the state level. Under the NLC, nurses can practice in other NLC states, without having to obtain additional licenses.” Information about the NLC can be found at:

Salish Kootenai College has not determined if the ASN and/or the BSN curriculum meet the requirements for graduates to take the RN-NCLEX in other states. Current and prospective students are referred to the website: for further information about various states’ NCLEX  requirements.