Future Students


For the direct admit new 4-year BSN students:
As we continue to move forward with your exciting new program, please know that we will be reaching out to you toward the end of April 2020 with information on advising and registering for Fall Quarter classes.
In the meantime, the nursing department is working with the college's transfer specialist to make sure those of you with previous college coursework and transcripts are given credit if appropriate.
Fall registration opens May 4, so you will be notified by the end of April about advising and recommendations for course registration.


The admission criteria:

ASN Level 1 Program is for YOU if...

1. You are currently enrolled as an ASN pre-nursing student [Please scroll down and click on ASN tab for required courses]

2. You plan to complete your pre-nursing requirements in June 2020 and enroll Fall 2020

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. Study! Study! STUDY!!  

5. Apply for Level I ASN Nursing as soon as possible, and no later than May 1, 2020. Please submit your ASN application via email to nursingadmissions@skc.edu or FAX to 406-275-4806. 

6. Kaplan exam schedules will be emailed to you by the end of April so you can
register for the exam testing time and date; either May 8 or May 9, 2020,
and morning and/or afternoon session. Your goal is to pass the Kaplan pre-admission exam with a minimum score of 70!

7. Verified Credentials:  (Background Check) Only AFTER you score 70 on the KAPLAN Exam. Create an account online  Print your results and submit to the nursing department no later than June 1, 2020. 

8. Acceptance letters will be mailed to students by June 15, 2020, based on the admission committee's decision.

9. Submit your 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DUE to the Nursing Department, no later than August 15, 2020, or your acceptance into the ASN program will be rescinded.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!

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 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!

 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.

1.  Apply to Salish Kootenai College by May 1, 2020.

2. Submit hard copy official transcripts via snail mail,  ATTN: Cleo Kenmille, 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.


The application period for the Fall 2020 Direct Admit BSN program 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 May/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 Direct Admit 4-year BSN program.

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

1. Apply to Salish Kootenai College if you plan to begin the nursing program Fall of 2021.

2. Apply to SKC Nursing Program when you apply to SKC, or by January 15, 2021 if you plan to begin the nursing program Fall of 2021.

3. The PAX test registration closed on 2/4/2020.  Create an account and register for NLN PAX practice exams .  All necessary testing information will be available to you as soon as you register for the PAX exam.

4. Pass your NLN PAX pre-admission exam with a minimum composite score of 102 [which will be proctored ($20 fee) on the SKC campus]. 

5. Submit required essay to SKC Nursing Department no later than March 1st.
Please answer each Essay question:
1. Why do you want to become a nurse?
2. Why are you a good candidate for Salish Kootenai College nursing program?
3. What past experiences have helped you prepare for the challenges and hard work associated with nursing school?
Essay requirements: 3 pages maximum, double spaced, and typed.

6. Submit official transcripts to ATTN: Cleo Kenmille, 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 no later than April 15, 2020.

8.  You will be contacted at the end of April 2020 with information on advising and registering for Fall Quarter classes. In the meantime, the Nursing Department is working with the transfer specialist to make sure those of your with previous college coursework and transcripts are given credit if appropriate!  Fall registrations open May 4, 2020. You will be notified prior to registration regarding advising recommendations. 

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 2021, graduate Spring 2025 with a BSN (which is now the industry standard).
  • To be considered for Fall 2021 admission, students must apply to Salish Kootenai College by December 15, 2020.
  • Students need to apply by January 15, 2021 to the nursing program.
  • 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 test 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, 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!

 Apply 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.