Today, health care providers are working in one of the fastest growing industries in the country.

RNs continue to be in demand in all health care settings. Individuals who successfully completed the ASN program and pass the NCLEX-RN exam will find many employment opportunities available to them in Northwest Montana and beyond.

Registered Nurses (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 advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention.


Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Opportunities After Graduation

Employment opportunities are available in a wide variety of health care settings across Northwest Montana and other locations. A graduate of the program may choose to continue their education by pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing.

Attributes of Successful Nurses

  • Empathetic and patient temperament
  • Methodical and organized even in stressful times
  • Tenacious and hardworking

An Important Message from FVCC Nursing Program Director Myrna Ridenour, MSN RN:

In response to the COVID 19 situation, please be advised the application deadline for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 has been moved to May 15, 2020. We realize that some courses may not be completed so grades may not be available. We are asking interested individuals to submit applications without grades or with Incompletes understanding that grades will come later. Because the registration desk is not open at this time, applications should be submitted via mail to: FVCC Nursing Program, 777 Grandview Drive, Kalispell MT 59901.

The Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam is on hold until we are allowed to have students back on campus and in the computer labs. Because we don’t know when that will be, applications are accepted without Kaplan scores for the May 15 deadline.

For this application cycle, the $20 application fee will be waived. Those who have already submitted applications and paid the $20 application fee will receive a refund. Please e-mail if you submitted your application already and paid the $20 fee.

The screening and interview processes may be postponed until late-June or July dependent on the situation with COVID-19. The actual dates for this will be communicated as soon as it is determined when it will be possible to proceed.

This is a difficult time for everyone but also an opportunity for great learning. We look forward to everyone’s application. Nurses are in need at present, and this is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. We are committed to offering the best education possible for those who want to be nurses,  and we are confident in our ability to educate safe and competent nurses for our communities.

Please direct any questions you may have to me, Myrna Ridenour, at


Nursing Program Director:

Myrna Ridenour, MSN, RN

BC 102-A

(406) 756-3997


Sarah Wangerin, BSN, RN

BC 102-C

(406) 756-3943

For general information, contact:

Cathy Fabel, Nursing Program Assistant

BC 102

(406) 756-3385