Future Students


Welcome to the Nursing Department website!

We appreciate your interest in the
Salish Kootenai College Nursing Programs!

Unfortunately, the application period for ALL SKC Nursing Programs

Academic year 2020-21 has now CLOSED.

This website was last updated on July 2, 2020

We invite you to apply between
December 1 and
December 15, 2020 for the
Direct Admit (4 year) program Academic Year 2021-22!



FYI: Future Students, your Nursing application can only be accepted IF your SKC admission file is complete! 

STEP 1: Apply for SKC Admission  (Which is different from the Nursing Department application process):

  • 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 emailed 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 (HINT: Please ensure the Nursing Department receives copies of these immunizations. If emailing results to SKC admissions, please cc to nursingadmissions@skc.edu. If making copies of your immunizations, please make 3 copies, 1 to SKC admissions, 1 to the Nursing Department, and keep one for your records. 
  • Verification of Montana Residency - ie. copy of Montana driver's license, or utility bill with your name and physical address that dates 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

STEP #2: Apply to the Nursing Program

Nursing Department Admissions: BSN 4-year program application period OPENS December 1, 2020 for academic year 2021-22.

How do I study for the Pre-Admission Exam (PAX)? Students preparing for the February 2021 NLN PAX exam are encouraged to begin studying using the PAX prep guide (Review Guide For RN Pre-Entrance Exam 3rd Edition ISBN-13: 978-0763762711 ISBN-10: 0763762717) and begin studying immediately continuing until the first week in December, then students are encouraged to create an NLN account and complete 60 days of unlimited access to prep tests online to prepare for the PAX in February.  Questions? Call 1-800-732-8656 and press ‘2’ or email studenthelp@nln.org  If you are a student with a concern related to NLN PAX prep tests and / or registering for the PAX exam in February, please complete the student support form by clicking here.

December 1st through December 15th DEADLINE: Apply to BOTH Salish Kootenai College (checklist above) and send a copy of your acceptance letter to nursingadmissions@skc.edu. Apply to the SKC Nursing Program by submitting your unofficial transcripts and this application BSN-Application-2021-22 to be considered for the nursing program Fall Quarter Academic Year 2021-22.

December 1st:  Create an account for 60 days of online NLN PAX prep and practice all three subjects online ($19 per subject area). In addition, you have the option of choosing bonus exams (one-time only) for each subject ($14 per subject area), which are a timed test that simulates the actual PAX for each of the three subjects covered in the PAX exam. We recommend that you choose the bonus test option, only after you have spent 60 days of online practice and just prior to the PAX. 

February 2021: Pass the NLN PAX pre-admission exam with a minimum composite score of 102.

March 1st Deadline: Submit the following required essay to the 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: 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 SKC 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 1st: The online SKC Bookstore OPENS! 

June 15th Deadline: When you received your final grades, please submit your OFFICIAL transcripts to ATTN: Admissions Department |  Salish Kootenai College | P.O. Box 70 | Pablo, MT 59855 , or have the college / university you previously attended submit them electronically to juan_perez@skc.edu and if possible, please cc to nursingadmissions@skc.edu as soon as your official transcripts are available, and no later than the deadline.

August 15th Deadline: We appreciate receiving your certificate (any time between now and the 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.

ASN Program Academic Year 2020-21

STUDENTS WHO HAVE APPLIED TO THE ASN PROGRAM and have been accepted into the Nursing Program. 

CPR June deadline has been extended to October 23, 2020:  Schedule and complete American Heart Association BLS HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR training.  (Polson Ambulance offers CPR training (406) 883-5778)  If you currently have a valid CPR card, please submit a copy of your current CPR card to nursingadmissions@skc.edu

July 1st:  Acceptance letters will be mailed to students based on the admission committee's decision! (Due to COVID this deadline may be extended)

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 verification of all required immunizations. (Copies of your MMR and TB which were submitted to SKC Admissions Department are accepted)

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 during the next two years: 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. and/ or Writing Research Papers, you may return and complete your BSN in one year instead of two years!

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Salish Kootenai College Nursing Department

The application period for the RN-BSN Program

Academic year 2020-21 has CLOSED.

The application period for the RN~ BSN program will open December 1, 2020 for Fall Quarter of academic year 2021-22.

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...

  1. You have an Associate Degree in Nursing, and you will have an unencumbered Registered Nurse license by September 1, 2021.


2. you are were previously enrolled in the RN-BSN program and are continuing in the RN-BSN program Fall Quarter of academic year 2021-22. 

Step 1: FYI: Salish Kootenai College Applicant, your Nursing application can only be accepted IF your SKC admission file is complete! Please follow the instructions listed above the BSN Direct Admit section. Apply to Salish Kootenai College as soon as possible. (SKC students who have attended SKC during the previous year are not required to reapply to SKC; however, SKC students must complete and submit this Declaration of Major Form to SKC Admissions Department.

Step 2: NURSING Department RN~BSN Admissions: https://nursing.skc.edu/future-students/

June 1st Deadline: Apply to SKC Nursing using this form  RN BSN Application 2020-21 if you plan to begin the nursing program Fall of academic year 2020-21.  Please include a copy of your current, unofficial transcripts, CPR, and your unencumbered RN license with your application. 

June 1st: The SKC Bookstore OPENS! 

June 20th Deadline: If you were NOT a SKC student during the previous academic year, please submit electronic, or sealed hard copy OFFICIAL transcripts via mail, to ATTN: Admissions Department |  Salish Kootenai College | P.O. Box 70 | Pablo, MT 59855. Please send copies of all documents you submit to SKC admissions to the Nursing Department. If using email nursingadmisssions@skc.edu  Thank you!

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.

June 20th Deadline: Verified Credentials: (Annual background Check) Cost $83.80 Students are encouraged to Create an account online using Results can take 1-2 weeks. Verified Credentials will submit your results to the Nursing Department. "If you have any questions about filling out the information, please contact Verified Credentials Support at (800)938-6090. 

Background checks are required annually, so if you have recently acquired a background check required for employment, you may submit a copy of that background check to the nursing department. "The RN-BSN student will be doing a project in a facility, not necessarily their own facility where they work. The college is liable for any student at any level to go into a school, a healthcare organization, a clinic, where there are vulnerable populations. Thus, EVERY student needs an annual background check. If the student wishes to not have a background check, then s/he will not be admitted."

July 1st: Students will be notified of their acceptance status, based on the decision of the acceptance committee. (This date may be extended due to COVID 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, nursing admissions@skc.edu

August 15th Deadline: Please submit copies of your completed Health History form, required immunizations verification, OSHA certificate, and any other documents required by the Nursing Department, as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.

September 1st Deadline: NCLEX: Students who do not currently hold an RN license,  must pass their 'National Council Licensure Examination' (NCLEX) no later than September 1, 2020, to be eligible to begin BSN coursework on the first day of class, September 14, 2020.

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!   When COVID restrictions are lifted. 

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

BSN 4-year 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!


Apply to both simply click on each link: 

(1) Salish Kootenai College Admission Application

 (2) SKC Nursing Program  Direct Admit BSN application

Salish Kootenai College Application Process

SKC Application:
Students must  also apply to Salish Kootenai College when applying to the Nursing Program. Students may apply online by clicking on the Admission Application link above OR send the required application documents to:

ATTN: Office of Admissions
Salish Kootenai College
P.O. Box 70
Pablo, MT 59855

June 15th Deadline: The following additional documentation must be received by ATTN: Office of Admissions | Salish Kootenai College | P.O. Box 70 | Pablo, MT 59855.   Please mail the documents directly to the address listed above.

  • All prospective nursing students must apply for admission. The criterion for admission is any one of the following:
    have earned a Diploma from an accredited high school;

    have earned a High School Equivalency Credential (G.E.D. or HiSET).

  • Applying for Admissions to Salish Kootenai College:
    All Applicants are required to submit the following documents: (These forms can be found here) Application for Admission to SKC
    Declaration of Major Form
    Montana Immunization Law requiring students born before January 1, 1957 to have a T.B. skin test within the last five years. Students born after December 31, 1956 must provide documentation of a T.B. Skin test taken within the last five years and two doses of MMR – measles, mumps & rubella.
    Tribal Certification Release Form (If Applicable)
    OFFICIAL certified high school transcript from an accredited high school with graduation date OR official copy of a High School Equivalency Credential such as G.E.D. or HiSET
    OFFICIAL certified transcript from other institution(s) of higher education (If Applicable)
    Verification of Residency. Applicable documents include a Montana driver's license or a utility bill; documents must show at least one year of residency in Montana
    Additional special admissions applications are required for students seeking admissions in: Nursing 

Native American Preference Policy
SKC does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual identification, gender, age or disability, except as allowed by the Indian Preference provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Consistent with this provision and the mission of the college, the Nursing Program gives preference to enrolled tribal members and descendants traceable to the second generation during the admissions process. However; You do NOT need to be Native to be accepted into the SKC Nursing Programs.

Veteran’s Priority of Service Policy
The requirement to provide priority of service to veterans applies to all programs that receive funding from the United States Department of Labor. “Veteran” is defined as a person who served at least one day in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. The Veteran’s Priority of Service Policy is available at the Nursing Department upon request.

Salish Kootenai College Direct Admit 4-year BSN degree program 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 2021, graduate Spring 2025 with a BSN (which is now the industry standard).
  • To be considered for Fall 2021 admission, students must apply to both Salish Kootenai College and the Nursing Program by December 15, 2020.
  • 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, 2021.
  • Admission testing will be required. Every student who is applying for the nursing program must pass the NLN PAX pre-admission exam with a minimum score of 102 in order to be considered for admission.
  • 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 in 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 admissions committee. In order to be considered for admission to this new BSN program, prospective students will need to earn a minimum score of 102 out of 200 questions on the National League for Nursing pre-admission exam called the PAX.

Save the Date!  The official NLN PAX three-hour exam will be held on both Friday, February 5th and  Saturday, February 6th, 2021 [choose one ]  on the SKC campus.

Choose the date you prefer (online) to reserve your seat at the same time you register online for the NLN PAX exam!

Acceptance letters will be sent out no later than April 15, 2021! Again, thank you for your interest in the Salish Kootenai College Nursing program. We look forward to meeting you!


RN-BSN Program
ASN Program

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




Application Deadline: August 1, 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.