March 24-25, 1999
ITEM 102-1509-R0399 Approval of Proposal to Implement an Associate of Science Degree Program for Registered Nursing Education, College of Technology; Montana Tech of The University of Montana
THAT: The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes the College of Technology of Montana Tech of The University of Montana to implement an Associate of Science Degree Program for Registered Nursing Education.
EXPLANATION: The College of Technology of Montana Tech of The University of Montana proposes a multi-entry, multi-exit nursing program. This program will focus on educational mobility, articulation, and differentiation of the work of nurses at all levels. Collaborative relationships with other post-secondary institutions will provide better educational opportunities for Montana citizens and will ensure effective and responsible utilization of resources.
This proposal responds to the recommendation of the Montana University System Task Force on Nursing Education. This Task Force developed a vision for nursing education that states, "Nursing education in Montana will work collaboratively to meet the needs of students, employers, and patients by ensuring that Montana has an educated work force whose quality and quantity are geared to the heath care needs of Montanans. For nurses at any level who may wish to further their education, programs will be articulated to provide maximum access with minimal duplication. Education, service, and regulation will work in partnership to promote differentiated practice, based on respect for the competencies of nurses at all levels of education." The Board of Regents approved the plan in July 1998.
The Associate of Science Degree for Registered Nursing Education requires approximately 34 credits. Following completion, the student may take the NCLEX-RN exam. The student may also enroll in an RN-BSN completion program offered by another post-secondary institution in Montana.