Carroll College, Helena Montana

Nursing Program

Mission, Goals, and Outcomes of the Carroll College Department of Nursing

Inspired by the mission of our College, we are dedicated to preparing professional nurses who promote excellence in holistic care. As community leaders, our graduates are critical thinkers, change agents, compassionate and skilled caregivers, as well as lifelong learners.  Our graduates serve Montana, our region and the world. 

The Department of Nursing prepares its graduates to enter into the practice of professional nursing with a framework of knowledge integrated from the sciences, arts and humanities. Emphasis is placed on the delivery of holistic nursing care which recognizes the dignity and uniqueness of every person. Completion of the major provides the foundation for life-long learning and graduate study in nursing.

The Faculty of the Department of Nursing seeks distinction in teaching, nursing scholarship and clinical expertise, for planning, directing, implementing, and evaluating the curriculum.

A graduate of the Department of Nursing will pass the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and enter into the profession of nursing with the following abilities:

  1. Integrate knowledge from the sciences, arts and humanities into nursing practice.
  2. Critique basic organizational and systems leadership for patient safety and quality care.
  3. Utilize theory, research and evidence-based practice to optimize health and well-being.
  4. Utilize information management systems and patient care technology.
  5. Influence changing social, political, financial, policy, and regulatory environments that affect nursing and the health care system.
  6. Demonstrate excellence in communication, including interprofessional communication and collaboration for improving patient health outcomes.
  7. Provide health promotion and disease prevention interventions to individuals, families, groups, communities or populations in diverse settings.
  8. Assume personal accountability for professionalism and professional values.
  9. Uphold the standards of nursing practice as defined by the Montana Nurse Practice Act and the ANA Code of Ethics.
  10. Demonstrate Baccalaureate holistic generalist nursing practice across the lifespan.


The nursing program is approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing and nationally accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In 2012, CCNE granted the Carroll College Department of Nursing's baccalaureate degree program a full 10 years of accreditation.

Carroll Nursing Graduates Land Great Jobs

In a time when a soft economy makes jobs for new nurses more challenging to find, it's never been a better time to be a Carroll College nursing graduate! Many employers have told us that Carroll grads are their top picks and within a few months following graduation, a majority of our graduates find employment in nursing. Carroll nurses are working in a wide variety of positions and places. Here are a few examples:Nursing

  • Jim, Critical Care intern, Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX
  • Drew, Intensive Care Unit, VA Montana Healthcare System, Ft. Harrison, MT
  • Jenny, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • Sarah, Inpatient Rehabilitation, St. Patrick's Hospital, Missoula, MT
  • Rachael, Little Sisters of the Poor, Bronx, NY
  • Megan, Emergency Room, St. Peter's Hospital, Helena, MT
  • Tom & Rebecca, Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX
  • Chaney, Madison Valley Medical Center, Ennis, MT
  • Jamie, Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, AK
  • Jazz, NICU, Benefis Healthcare, Great Falls, MT
  • Jake, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii
  • Tyler, North Valley Hospital, Whitefish, MT
  • Meghan, Women and Children's Floors, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Cheyenne, WY
  • Elsa, Hemodialysis Unit, St. Peter's Hospital, Helena, MT
  • James & Sean, residential psychiatric care units, Shodair Hospital, Helena, MT
  • Katie, Medical/Surgical/Pediatrics, Northern Montana Hospital, Havre, MT
  • Caroline, St. Vincent's Healthcare, Bilings, MT
  • Abbie, PACT team, Center for Mental Health, Helena, MT
  • Sara, Sarah & Samantha, Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge, MT
  • Leigh Ann, Medicaid Maternal & Child Health, DPHHS, Helena, MT
  • Allison, Kalispell Regional Medical Center, Kalispell, MT
  • Leigha, Billings Deaconess Health Clinic, Billings, MT
  • Anni, Community Hospital and Medical Center, Missoula, MT
  • Mary, Emergency Room/Trauma, Ft. Benning, GA
  • Carly, Medical Unit, St. Peter's Hospital, Helena, MT
  • Trina, Medical/Surgical, VA Montana Healthcare, Ft. Harrison, MT
  • Alysha, Rehab Unit, Providence Medical Center, Spokane, WA
  • Jim, Critical Care intern, Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX

Nursing Program and Courses

The Nursing Program at Carroll College offers a baccalaureate degree with a major in Nursing, preparing students to practice as professional nurses or for graduate studies in nursing.

Clinical experience begins in the 200-level nursing courses and occurs in diverse community settings, varying from Helena’s hospitals to public health, assisted-living, long-term care, home-visits, and psychiatric and school settings. Each nursing course at Carroll provides quality, personalized learning experiences.  Clinical work is primarily done in Helena, allowing for one-on-one interaction with faculty.

Employer Comments

  • New Carroll RN grads are positive, asking lots of questions, able to critically think through the care they are providing, able to clarify inconsistencies, motivated and eager. It appears to me the faculty are doing a great job at Carroll.
  • Carroll College produces some of the best nurses I have ever had the pleasure of working with!
  • I have several Carroll grads on my unit and they all have been much more confident in expressing themselves to other team members. They are articulate and very self confident individuals.
  • Carroll graduates have great communication skills, and a very sound base entering practice.
  • The Carroll students seem better prepared to integrate theory with practical application.
  • I have worked with several Carroll College graduates, they seem to be especially prepared for roles which require additional responsibility and leadership.
  • Keep up the great work of educating the next generation.
  • I feel the Carroll graduate nurses are well prepared – they come with good clinical knowledge achieved through their clinicals. I have just hired another Carroll graduate. I am very pleased with their knowledge and work ethic.
  • They are confident and feel prepared for their career. They are proud to be Carroll grads too.

Nursing Student Wins National Scholarship

While a Carroll College nursing student, Jim McKay was one of two undergraduate nursing students nationwide who have won a $2,500 Hurst Review-American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Scholarship for Scholastic Excellence. Read more