Future Students



We are very excited about everything our NEW

DIRECT ADMIT 4-year BSN Degree program has to offer YOU!

Option 1: Direct Admit 4-year BSN program is for YOU if...

A. YOU have just graduated High School!
B.  OR You have some prerequisites completed at a baccalaureate level program (such as Montana State University, Montana Tech,  or University of Montana).
C.  OR  You want to TRANSFER to Salish Kootenai College Direct Admit 4-year BSN program.
D.  OR You have always wanted to earn your nursing degree and have decided NOW is the time!

1. Apply to Salish Kootenai College by December 15, 2019 if you plan to begin the nursing program Fall of 2020.
2. Apply to SKC Nursing Program by January 15, 2020 if you plan to begin the nursing program Fall of 2020.
3. Register for NLN PAX practice exams, and email your test date of choice (either February 7th or February 8th, 2020)
4. Pass your NLN PAX pre-admission exam, [which will be proctored ($20 fee) on the SKC campus], with a minimum composite score of 102.
5. Submit required essay to SKC Nursing Department no later than March 1st.
6. Submit official transcripts to ATTN: Raelyn Dumontier, Salish Kootenai College, P.O. Box 70, Pablo, MT 59855 no later than June 15th. The SKC transfer specialist will review your general education courses and determine transferability.
7. Students will be notified of the acceptance committee's decision by April 15, 2020.

Option 2: ASN Level 1 Program is for YOU if...

1. You are currently enrolled as an ASN pre-nursing student
2. Complete your pre-nursing year
3. If you are NOT currently a SKC student, apply to SKC no later than April 1, 2020 if you plan to begin the nursing program Fall of 2020.
4. Purchase KAPLAN study guide. PRACTICE!
5. Apply for Level I ASN Nursing no later than May 1, 2020.

Register for testing date; choose either May 8 or May 9, 2020, proctored ($20 fee) on SKC campus, and pass the Kaplan pre-admission exam with a minimum score of 70.
7. Submit Verified Credentials background check RESULTS no later than June 1, 2020. (Create an account online as soon as you score 70 or above on the KAPLAN Exam)
8. Acceptance letters will be mailed to students by June 15, 2020, following the admission committee's decision.

9. Submit current American Heart Association CPR verification, all required immunizations verification, DUE to the Nursing Department, no later than August 15, 2020, or your acceptance into the ASN program will be rescinded.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 complete your BSN in one year instead of two!


SKC Nursing is also offering an RN-BSN completion program, designed for working RNs who already have an Associate's Degree in Nursing.
Courses are online, with campus attendance ONLY required for the final Capstone presentation during the week prior to Pinning and Graduation!

Option 3: RN-BSN Program is for YOU if...

You have an Associate Degree in Nursing, and you have an unencumbered Registered Nurse license (OR you are planning to pass your NCLEX by September 1, 2020).
1.  Apply to Salish Kootenai College by May 1, 2020.
2. Submit hard copy official transcripts via snail mail,  ATTN: Raelyn Dumontier, Salish Kootenai College, P.O. Box 70, Pablo, MT 59855, no later than May 1, 2020 if you plan to begin the nursing program Fall of 2020.
3. Apply to SKC Nursing by June 1, 2020 if you plan to begin the nursing program Fall of 2020
4. Students will be notified of acceptance, based on the admission committee's decision, no later than June 15, 2020.

5. 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 21, 2020.
6. Complete a tutorial for online students by designated due date.

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.

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

Direct Admit 4-year BSN Degree

Thank you for your interest in Salish Kootenai College (SKC) Direct Admit 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree! 

We are very excited about everything our NEW program has to offer YOU!

Salish Kootenai College now offers a Direct Admit 4-year BSN degree which utilizes best practices in higher education: robust curriculum that includes coursework designed for nurses to be exemplary clinicians and nurse leaders, high fidelity simulation, small faculty- to- student ratios, and patient-centered clinical sites including urban and rural hospitals located in Missoula, Mission Valley, and Kalispell areas in Montana. The nursing faculty are doctoral and master's prepared, and have been recognized as leaders in teaching excellence. SKC is accredited through Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. SKC Nursing Programs are accredited through Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

  • Early entry—student comes right into nursing program and does not have to apply to the nursing program after 2 years of prerequisites.
  • Chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and math is offered the first year so the nursing student will need to be prepared to work hard and study hard!
  • Cohort-based. Students progress as a group through the 4 years.
  • Start Fall 2020, graduate Spring 2024 with a BSN (which is now the industry standard).
  • To be considered for Fall 2020 admission, students must apply to Salish Kootenai College by December 15, 2019. Upon acceptance from Salish Kootenai College,  students need to apply by January 15, 2020 to the nursing program. The SKC application  Students will submit supporting documents; Including, record of immunizations, background check results, and admission exam results.  Students acceptance notification letters will be mailed no later than April 15, 2020.
  • Admission test will be required. Students must score a minimum score of 102 on the NLN PAX pre-admission exam to be able to be considered for admission. For those students who hold a bachelor's degree in another field, as evidenced by an official transcript, the NLN PAX pre-admission exam will NOT be required. For those students who hold an associate degree, an NLN PAX pre-admission exam WILL BE required.
  • SKC has access to a variety of clinical sites for nursing students; including, St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Community Medical Center in Missoula, Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, St. Luke Hospital, Ronan, St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, and Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains, Montana. Various extended care facilities and community sites throughout Lake County are also utilized.
  • The BSN degree is required for hiring by any federal nursing position such as Indian Health Service, the military, Veterans Administration, and Public Health facilities. Most hospitals and community-based healthcare organizations also require a minimum of a BSN.
  • After completing the BSN degree, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and after passing it, the student becomes a Registered Nurse (RN).

To be considered for admission, transcripts of your high school and college courses, Grade Point Average (GPA), veteran status (if applicable), Native American tribal enrollment (if applicable), and qualifying results of a pre­-admission exam are required and will be examined by the committee. In order to be considered for admission to this new BSN program, prospective students will need to earn a minimum score of 102 on the National League for Nursing pre-admission exam called the PAX.

Save the Date!  The official NLN PAX three-hour exam will be proctored ($20 fee) on the SKC campus.  Choose either Friday, February 7, OR  Saturday, February 8, 2020.

More information regarding registration for the pre-admission PAX exam will be sent after the student applies to both:

(1) Salish Kootenai College Admission Application

 (2) SKC Nursing Program  Direct Admit BSN application

Acceptance letters will be sent out April 15, 2020! Again, thank you for your interest in the Salish Kootenai College Nursing program. We look forward to meeting you!

Lisa Harmon, PhD, RN, CNE
Chair, Nursing Department Salish Kootenai College


ASN Program
RN-BSN Program


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.