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The application period for the ASN Program

Academic year 2020-21 has CLOSED.

The Nursing Department faculty and staff extend a heartfelt WELCOME to the students who have applied to the ASN Program by the May 1, 2020 deadline and encourage each of you to commit to regular study as you prepare for the KAPLAN examination!

FYI: Salish Kootenai College Applicant, your Nursing application can only be accepted IF your SKC admission file is complete! 

  1. Apply for Admission checklist:
  • Official College / University Transcript(s), if applicable
  • Contact your College / University for more details on how to order a transcript.
  • Electronic transcript(s) from College / Universities you have previously attended are accepted. Please have them sent to: juan_perez@skc.edu
  • Official Tribal Documentation (if applicable)
  • Official Veteran Status Documentation (if applicable)
  • Immunization Records-2-MMR's (measles, mumps & rubella) and TB skin test
  • Verification of Montana Residency - ie. copy of drivers license, or utility bill; needs to date back one year

All documents should be mailed, emailed, or hand delivered to:
Salish Kootenai College
ATTN: Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 70
Pablo, MT 59855
Email: juan_perez@skc.edu

  1. Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships and TABE (if applicable):

* Financial Aid: Chastity Wagner: (406) 275-4854 or Maranda Spotted Eagle: (406) 275-4857

* Scholarships: Amanda Serrano: (406) 275-4820 ~ https://www.skc.edu/scholarships/

* College Placement Assessment - Department of Academic Success - (406) 275-4868

Although, if you have 30 or more credits from an accredited college or university, and have completed college level math and English as part of those credits, you will not be required to take the College Placement Assessment.

If you are a Transfer student, please contact Corinna Littlewolf, Academic Transfer Specialist, at (406) 275-4774 or Email: corinna_littlewolf@skc.edu

  1. Apply for Housing, Childcare, and/or specific Department Admissions:

* SKC Student Housing: EllenRose Bigcrane: 275-4827 ~ http://housing.skc.edu/

* SKC Childcare: Janet Jolley: (406) 675-8475 ~ https://www.skc.edu/child-care/

If you have questions regarding SKC admissions, please feel free to contact Juan at (406) 275-4855 or juan_perez@skc.edu

NURSING Department Admissions: https://nursing.skc.edu/future-students/

NOTE: ASN applicants, if you would like to have your Native and/or Veteran status considered by the admissions committee, please submit verification to the Nursing Department no later than June 19th.  Also, if you hold any licenses (CNA, EMT, MA, LPN, PTA, etc.) and/or have verification of at least 6 months of work experience in a related positions, submit copies of license(s) and verification of work experience asap and no later than June 19th. Thanks!

The KAPLAN Entrance Exam will be proctored online remotely. You will NOT come to SKC to take the KAPLAN exam.  Students who have applied to the ASN program will be taking the exam virtually on THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020 at 0930. Please check this website Frequently for updated information,  computer requirements,  and registration information.   

KAPLAN exam preparation books are available, continue to study, study, STUDY!  Click here to order the 2019-20 KAPLAN study guide ($14.29). Click here for more information regarding the KAPLAN exam. The KAPLAN admission test is FREE! 

Registration is now open for the Kaplan Admissions TEST Access Please register for the KAPLAN entrance exam now.  New applicants choose: 2020 ADM  Students who are repeating choose: 2020 ADM Repeat 

The KAPLAN exam version is NOT compatible with Chromebooks. Please email nursingadmissions@skc.edu if you ONLY have access to a Chromebook. Please click on the link for computer requirements needed in order to take the KAPLAN.   KAPLAN computer requirements    Please confirm that your computer is compatible so you will be able to take the KAPLAN entrance exam.  

Click here to watch a 2 minute Respondus tutorial to help you better understand the remote proctoring process! 

Here is some important information you will want to make sure you have in place on the day you take the KAPLAN exam:

1.  Plan for a location that can be private and quiet for 2-3 hours.

2. Take the exam in a well-lit room and avoid backlighting, such as sitting with your back to a window.

3. You will be assigned a proctor.

4. It is important that you use the bathroom and do anything else you need before starting the test. Breaks will be avoided during testing if at all possible.

5. Please be in your testing location and ready to test at 0900 (30 minutes prior to the start of the exam to ensure all audio/visual are working)
At 0920 am on June 11, 2020, you will sign in and identify yourself to your proctor by showing your driver's license or another acceptable form of ID.

6. You will move your device/webcam around your environment to show a completely cleared off table or desk.

7. The device cannot be on a soft surface or a lap - nothing movable.

8. You will keep your cell phone on unless otherwise instructed.

9. If you need to use scratch paper, you will show both sides of paper to the screen before and after testing.

10. You will then minimize Zoom, sign in to Kaplan and begin the test.

11. Your webcam and microphone will remain on throughout the test.

12. It will be important to keep your eyes on the screen (or briefly on scratch paper). Looking around, communicating with anyone, leaving the computer or any other irregularities can cause your test to be suspended.

13. At random times during testing you will be asked to pause and scan the environment with your webcam.

Cheating, in any form, will result in your application for the nursing program to be discarded. 

Your goal is to pass the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam with a minimum composite score of 70, and students with a composite score of 85 and above will receive additional admission points!

Verified Credentials: (Background Check) Cost $83.80 Students are encouraged to Create an account online using

Results can take 1-2 weeks, please print your results and submit them to the nursing department no later than June 20, 2020. 

June:  Schedule and complete American Heart Association BLS HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR training in June (if possible), so your card remains valid through graduation from the Nursing Program. Polson Ambulance offers CPR training (406) 883-5778)

June 1st:    Non-SKC students submit your OFFICIAL transcripts (you may print from JICS) including Spring Semester final grades. 

June 15th: Your KAPLAN examination results are due to the Nursing Department; please print and submit. 

June 15th: SKC students submit your OFFICIAL transcript (you may print off JICS) with Spring Quarter final grades to the Nursing Department.

June 20th: Submit your background check results from Verified Credentials to the Nursing Department. 

July 1st:     Acceptance letters will be mailed to students based on the admission committee's decision!

Congratulations!!  Once you have received your acceptance letter from the Nursing Department, you will want to schedule an appointment with your health provider for your required physical, and have any needed immunizations administered at the SAME appointment. Remember to have your provider SIGN your physical examination paperwork that will be included in your admissions packet.

Helpful Hint: When your appointment ends, proceed to the Medical Records / Health Information Department at the clinic / hospital and sign a release for your immunization records and direct the health facility to submit copies directly to the SKC Nursing Department via email to nursingadmissions@skc.edu OR FAX your records to (406) 275-4806.

August 15th Deadline: Submit your CPR training certificate, which is valid through June 7, 2021.

August 15th Deadline: Submit verification of all required immunizations.

August 15th Deadline: Students accepted into the nursing program will be required to complete the following training: OSHA Blood-borne Pathogens Standard: Management Of Exposure To Blood-borne Pathogens, when you have completed the training, print the certificate, and submit it to the Nursing Department.

ALL of these documents are DUE to the Nursing Department, no later than August 15, 2020, or your acceptance into the ASN program will be rescinded.

HELPFUL HINT: If you take RN-BSN prerequisite courses (Growth and Development (our PSYC 230). Speech. Statistics. Humanities or Philosophy. History of Indians. Fine Arts in Native American Studies. Upper division Native American Studies course. Ethics. Nutrition. Microbiology. Chemistry 121. Writing Research Papers.) throughout your 2-year ASN degree, you can return and complete your BSN in one year instead of two years!

Please continue to scroll down this page to the TAN BOX and click on the ASN tab for more information regarding the ASN Level 1 program!



SKC Nursing offers an RN-BSN completion program, designed for working RNs who already have an Associate's Degree in Nursing.
Online courses, with campus attendance required ONLY for your final Capstone presentation during the week of Pinning and Graduation!


RN-BSN Program is for YOU if...

You have an Associate Degree in Nursing, and you will have an unencumbered Registered Nurse license by September 1, 2020.

June 1st Deadline: Apply to Salish Kootenai College as soon as possible, and no later than the deadline. (SKC students please complete and submit a Declaration of Major form to SKC admissions.)

June 1st Deadline: Apply to SKC Nursing  RN BSN Application 2020-21 if you plan to begin the nursing program Fall of academic year 2020-21. 

June 20th Deadline: If you were NOT a SKC student during academic year 2019-20, please submit electronic, or sealed hard copy OFFICIAL transcripts via mail,  ATTN: Admissions Department |  Salish Kootenai College | P.O. Box 70 | Pablo, MT 59855, if you plan to begin the nursing program Fall Quarter of academic year 2020-21.
Helpful Hint: Most transcripts can be requested electronically from the college or university you attended and your transcript and the access code can be emailed directly from the college you previously attended, to Juan_perez@skc.edu SKC Admissions, and official sealed transcripts can be hand delivered to the Big Knife Building (placed in the blue box at the entrance) on the Salish Kootenai College campus.

July 1st: Students will be notified of acceptance into the Nursing Program, based on the admission committee's decision.

NCLEX: Students must pass their 'National Council Licensure Examination' (NCLEX) no later than September 1, 2020, to be eligible to start BSN coursework on the first day of class, September 28, 2020.

August 15th Deadline: Students accepted into the nursing program will be required to complete this training any time between now and the deadline: OSHA Blood-borne Pathogens Standard: Management Of Exposure To Blood-borne Pathogens, when you have completed the training, please print the certificate, and submit it to the Nursing Department Administrative Assistant, melanie_goodfox@skc.edu

August 15th Deadline: Please submit copies of your unencumbered RN license, current CPR card, required immunizations, and any other documents required by the Nursing Department, as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline. 


The application period for the 4-year BSN Program

Academic year 2020-21 has CLOSED.

Direct Admit 4-year BSN program is for YOU if...

A.  You are currently an enrolled high school senior who is preparing to enter the SKC Nursing Program the Fall Quarter following your June high school graduation.

B.  You are a High School Senior with, or without, an AA degree(s), or college credit.  You are still eligible for the freshman Direct Admit BSN program.

C.  OR You have some prerequisites completed at a baccalaureate level program (such as Montana State University, Montana Tech,  or University of Montana).

D.  OR  You want to TRANSFER to Salish Kootenai College 4-year BSN program. Please submit your unofficial transcripts to ATTN: Admissions Department |  Kootenai College | P.O. Box 70 | Pablo, MT 59855

E.  OR  You have always wanted to earn your nursing degree and have decided NOW is the time!

NOW! Students may begin to study for the NLN PAX entrance exam using this text.

December 15th Deadline: Apply to BOTH Salish Kootenai College and the SKC Nursing Program BSN-Application-2021-22 to be considered for the nursing program Fall Quarter Academic Year  2021-22.

December:  Create an account for 60 days of online NLN PAX practice exams.  All necessary testing information will be available to you as soon as you register online for the actual PAX exam.

February: Pass the NLN PAX pre-admission exam with a minimum composite score of 102.

March 1st Deadline: Submit required essay to SKC Nursing Department.

Essay requirements: Three (3) completed pages (no more, no less), double spaced, and typed.   

Please answer each question within your Essay:
1. Why do you want to become a nurse?
2. Why are you a good candidate for the Salish Kootenai College nursing program?
3. What past experiences have helped you prepare for the challenges and hard work associated with nursing school?

April 15th: Students will be notified of the acceptance committee's decision.

April 15th: If you have been accepted into the BSN Nursing program, please submit copies of all UNOFFICIAL transcripts, as soon as possible, in order for the transfer specialist to have time to determine which courses will transfer, prior to your advising session appointment the first week of May. 

April: You will be contacted no later than the last week in April with information regarding advising and registration for Fall Quarter classes. In the meantime, the Nursing Department is working with the transfer specialist to make sure those of you with previous college coursework and transcripts are given appropriate transfer credit. 

May 2021: Advising OPENS for Fall registration 2021-22. You will be notified prior to registration regarding advising recommendations.

June 15th Deadline: Submit your OFFICIAL transcripts to ATTN: Admissions Department |  Salish Kootenai College | P.O. Box 70 | Pablo, MT 59855 as soon as possible and no later than the deadline.

Helpful Hint: Most transcripts can be requested electronically from the college or university you attended and your transcript and the access code can be emailed directly from the college you previously attended, to Juan_perez@skc.edu SKC Admissions, and official sealed transcripts can be hand delivered to the Big Knife Building (placed in the blue box at the entrance) on the Salish Kootenai College campus.

August 15th Deadline: Students accepted into the nursing program will be required to complete this training: OSHA Blood-borne Pathogens Standard: Management Of Exposure To Blood-borne Pathogens ($14), when you have completed this training, print the certificate, and submit it to the Nursing Department as soon as possible via email: nursingadmissions@skc.edu OR FAX to (406) 275-4806.



For more information and application forms for the following programs
please click on the appropriate tab in the box below.

Contact Us
If you have any questions on admissions or general questions about our program, please email us at nursingadmissions@skc.edu

Detailed information about our program is provided in the SKC catalog.

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Interested in visiting the SKC Nursing Department? We would love to show you around!  Please click here to schedule a tour.

RN-BSN Program

RN-BSN Program
The RN-BSN program expands the level, complexity, and scope of practice for licensed Registered Nurses. A student must currently be a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license  by September 1, 2020, in order to apply to the RN-BSN program.

Important Dates:  

June 1, 2020: Deadline for SKC Application (if not currently an SKC student)

June 1, 2020: Deadline for Fall Quarter academic year 2020-21  BSN application is on or prior to the deadline.

July 1, 2020: Acceptance Letters will be sent. (conditional acceptance if student has not passed NCLEX)

How to Apply to the BSN Program:

Step 1: Enroll in Salish Kootenai College online

  • Complete SKC application and submit any required documents.
  • Submit transcripts (if student has attended any other college).
  • If Native American / Alaska Native, please submit Tribal Verification form.
  • Veteran verification (if applicable)

Step 2: You must be a Registered Nurse to apply to this RN-BSN program.
Please complete the BSN application and submit with a copy of your current RN license, and an unofficial transcript by June 1, 2020.

The following recommended course schedule is in addition to the student’s earned Associate of Science Degree in Nursing.

BSN General Education and Elective Courses (Total 20 credits) MATH 241: Statistics (5)  | ENGL 306: Writing Research Papers (3)  | NSAD: Native American Studies (History of Indians NASD 101 if not already taken)(6)  | Open Electives (6)

RN-BSN Program Recommended Course Schedule

Fall Quarter              (Year 3)
NURS 305 Nursing Theory 3
NURS 430 Evidence Based Practice 3
Winter Quarter        (Year 3)
NURS 354 Issues in American Indian Health 3
NURS 449 Pain Management for Nurses 3
NURS 441 Global Health 3
Spring Quarter         (Year 3)
NURS 391 Culture and Caring 3
NURS 476 Palliative Care 3
NURS 304 Health and Humanities 3
Fall  Quarter             (Year 4)
NSGD 438 Advanced Leadership 3
NURS 420 QSEN Competencies 3
NURS 408 Family Care 3
NURS XXX Diabetes Type II 3
Winter Quarter        (Year 4)
NURS 355 Ethics and Issues 2
NURS 444 Health Promotion 3
NURS 450 Genetics and Genomics 3
NURS 469 Senior Capstone I (3)                             TOTAL: 11
Spring Quarter         (Year 4)
NURS 472 Population Focused Care 3
NURS 499 Senior Capstone I I 3
NURS 471 Health Disparities in Vulnerable Populations 3
Total General Education & Elective credits: 20
Total required  RN-BSN Nursing credits: 56
Total BSN Credits:            76
ASN Degree Credits:  +104 =  Total RN-BSN Nursing Credits 180
ASN Program
BSN 4-year Degree

Scholarships: SKC Nursing Department offers multiple scholarship and grant opportunities to support prospective and enrolled nursing students.




Application Deadline: July 15, 2020

SKC’s Nursing Department is pleased to offer the IHS Nursing Program Scholarship.  A living stipend of $18,000.00 (divided over 12 months) and scholarship funds of $8,250.00 (divided by 3 quarters- $2,750 each quarter, fall, winter, and spring.) to assist with academic related costs such as tuition, fees, uniforms, required educational materials, and textbooks. IHS Scholarship Application

Financial aid is financial assistance provided to eligible students through the Office of Student Financial Aid in the form of grants, loans, part-time work, and scholarships to help pay the cost of attending college. Financial aid is routed through federal, state, and local agencies and programs.

These may include scholarships, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Montana Higher Education Grant (MHEG), Montana Tuition Assistance Program (MTAP), Federal Work-Study Program (FWS), and Federal Stafford Loans. Aid eligibility is determined by a formula established by the Department of Education and an analysis of the family’s financial information and demonstrated need.

Additionally, students must be seeking a degree or certificate to obtain financial aid. Financial Aid Applications can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office at Salish Kootenai College in the Robert DePoe III building, Room #108.

Please contact Jackie Swain,in the  Financial Aid Office, (406) 275- 4859 or jackie_swain@skc.edu for current list of available scholarships and grants.