Registered Nursing – ASN

Associate of Science Nursing Program

The focus of FVCC Associate of Science Nursing curriculum is to prepare graduates in the performance of services requiring substantial specialized knowledge of the biological, physical, behavioral, psychological, and sociological sciences and of nursing theory as a basis for the nursing process.  The nursing process is the assessment, nursing analysis, planning, nursing intervention, evaluation in the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention, case finding, and management of illness, injury, or infirmity, and the restoration of optimum function.  The term also includes administration, teaching, counseling, supervision, delegation, and evaluation of nursing practice and the administration of medications and treatments prescribed by physicians, naturopathic physicians, physician assistants, optometrists, advanced practice registered nurses, dentists, osteopaths, or podiatrists authorized by state law to prescribe medications and treatments.  Each registered nurse is directly accountable and responsible to the consumer for the quality of nursing care rendered. MCA 37-8-102. Definitions.

Graduates will learn the roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member of the discipline of nursing.  Through the use of the nursing process and critical thinking, graduates will act as advocates for their clients.  Furthermore, students will have taken appropriate coursework empowering them to pursue further educational goals such as a bachelor’s or higher degree, if desired.

Students who successfully complete all of the required courses (a minimum of 72 credits) earn an Associate of Science Nursing degree.  Graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN).

Graduates who pass their licensure exam will perform services according to the rules that govern the Montana Board of Nursing found in the Administrative Rules of Montana, Title 8, Chapter 32.

Associate in Science Nursing Program

  1. Upon completion of the Associate of Science (ASN)-Registered Nursing   curriculum the graduate will be able to:
  2. Assess clients and formulate a nursing diagnosis and plan, implement and evaluate nursing care provided in structured health care settings.
  3. Utilize standards of nursing practice, and demonstrate accountability of nursing care given by self and/or delegated to others
  4. Collect, analyze and synthesize relevant data to formulate clinical decisions and implement interventions for the provision of safe, quality care that includes consideration of environmental influences.
  5. Advocate for clients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings throughout the lifespan.
  6. Communicate with clients, families and health team members in a manner that demonstrates sensitivity to individual and cultural diversity.
  7. Coordinate care of a group of clients by collaborating and consulting with the interdisciplinary health team, clients and families.
  8. Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice.
  9. Practice within the ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks of nursing and provide care to individuals, groups, and families, while utilizing a knowledge base from the natural and social sciences and humanities.
  10. Demonstrate self-assessment leading to personal development and lifelong learning.

Program Requirements

See the Academic Catalog.

Nursing Program Director:

Myrna Ridenour, MSN, RN, BC
BC 102-A
(406) 756-3997


For general information, contact:
Cathy Fabel, Nursing Program Assistant
BC 102
(406) 756-3385

Nursing Program Advisors:

Diane Bailey, MS, RN
BC 102-B
(406) 756-3626

Erika DeCree, MS, APRN
BC 102-D
(406) 756-3628

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