Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to Salish Kootenai College Nursing Department

Chair’s Welcome

We welcome YOU to the Nursing Department at SKC!!

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.  We have a state of the art moderate to high fidelity simulation lab, two nursing skills labs that mimic a hospital, and a year-long robust Anatomy and Physiology 3-quarter course and lab, using a synthetic human cadaver, SynDaver, the first of its kind in the state. 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 RN-BSN completion program. After students earn their baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN), many continue on to complete graduate degrees in nursing and other fields.

SKC is very excited to be offering the 4-year direct admit BSN degree, which started  fall quarter of 2020! SKC is the first tribal college in the United States to offer the 4-year BSN. As many employers are now  requiring the BSN, we are grateful that we can provide this degree here on the Flathead Reservation–serving Native Americans throughout the state and region,  as well as non-Native students whose dream it is to earn their degrees in nursing!

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.

Kristine Hilton, PhDc, RN, CNE
Director of Nursing, Co-Chair

Heather Dawson, MSN, RN, CNE
BSN Coordinator, Co-Chair