Nursing Programs
  • Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS)
  • Certificate

FVCC offers numerous options to complete your nursing education right here in the Flathead Valley. Which option is right for you?

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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

  • Five-credit course
  • CNAs provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff.  They perform duties, such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens.
  • The class prepares students to take the CNA test approved by the state of Montana.

Practical Nurse (Certificate of Applied Science Degree)

  • LPNs care for ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions.  They may work under the supervision of registered nurses.
  • Three semester, 42-43 credit program (First semester is prerequisites that must be completed or being completed at time of application to the program.)

Registered Nurse (Associate of Science Nursing Degree)

  • Five-semester, 72 credit program. (First semester is prerequisites that must be completed or being completed at time of application.)
  • RNs assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records.  They administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. RNs may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management.

Registered Nurse Transfer Program

The partnerships FVCC has with other college and university nursing programs prepare students to transfer to other institutions to earn bachelor or associate degrees in nursing.

All nursing programs, including the CNA course, require a background check and several immunizations prior to acceptance into the programs. See current academic catalog for details.