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Helena College Nursing Programs 


Degrees

Associate of Applied Science – Practical Nursing

Associate Degree Leading to Registered Nursing


What you’ll learn

The nursing curricula prepare graduates to function as members of the health care team in various health care environments.  The curricula focus on preparation for employment and articulation.  The nursing programs consist of an Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing and an Associate Degree in Registered Nursing.  The nursing program is approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing.  The practical nurse uses specialized knowledge and skills that meet the health care needs of people in a variety of settings under the direction of qualified health professions.  The curriculum focuses on preparation for employment.  Students learn practical nursing skills through independent study, lectures, simulation demonstrations, and practice in the skills lab.  Under instructor supervision, students also provide patient care in a variety of health care settings.  Graduate of the program are eligible to apply for the National Council of Licensing Examination (NCLEX) PN licensure examination from the Montana State Board of Nursing.  Upon passing the examination, the graduate becomes a Licensed Practical Nurse, LPN.  Admission into the LPN program is by application only.  The application process includes a Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) pre-entrance exam.  Applications are good for current start only; current applications are available through the nursing department.  The application process requires that a student successfully complete the following coursework with a “C” or better.

The Associate degree program prepares graduates to function as members and leaders of health care teams in various health care environments.  The curriculum focuses on preparation for employment.  Some of the coursework is transferable.  Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination from the Montana State Board of Nursing.  After passing the examination, the graduate becomes a Registered Nurse, RN.  Entry into the ASRN program is by application-only in the spring or fall semester.  Applications are available through the nursing department.  The application process includes a LPN STEP pre-entrance exam and a physical examination.  Applications are good for current year only; current applications are available through the nursing department.  The application process requires that a student have a current, unencumbered LPN licensure (from any state) and/or is a graduate of the statewide curriculum PN program, and has successfully completed all necessary pre-requisite coursework with a “C” or better.  

Instructors

Sandy Sacry, Director, RN, MSN
Jan Campana, MSN, ASRN
Deb Rapaport, RN, MSN
Rebecca Gibson, RN, BSN
Karmen Williams, RN, MSN

Program cost

$8,678 - $13,378 (Depending on length of program)

Potential employers

Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Physician Offices, and Other Health Care Agencies


What type of job can I get?

Licensed Practical Nurse

Registered Nurse

Job outlook & wages

LPN Median Wage in MT*:  $35,670

LPN Median Wage in US*:  $40,380

LPN Expected Growth in MT*:  13.1%

LPN Expected Growth in US*:  20.6%

RN Median Wage in MT*:  $56,790

RN Median Wage in US*:  $64,690

RN Expected Growth in MT*:  19.9%

RN Expected Growth in US*:  22.2%

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections;
MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau

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