Degree Requirements

Nursing Major Requirements

Image of Nursing studentThe Carroll College Department of Nursing has a primary responsibility to the education of future professional nurses – a responsibility seriously recognized by the Admissions Committee, charged with selection of those candidates who best demonstrate the academic achievement, emotional maturity, integrity, and motivation necessary for consideration for admission.

The Department of Nursing reserves the right to accept for admission into the major the number of students for whom a quality educational program can be provided and in order to fulfill the accreditation guidelines mandated by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  

Download the Nursing Four-Year Curriculum plan.

Application to the Nursing Major

Students seeking admission to Carroll’s Nursing major have three options for entry, depending on your status.

  • Direct Entry 
  • Pre-Nursing Admission
  • Transfer Admission

For details, view the Admission to Nursing Options.

Access to Clinical Experiences

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. Although nursing clinical is primarily in Helena, out of town clinical may be required, necessitating personal transportation. In addition, on-campus clinical experiences are provided in the on-campus nursing clinical simulation center. Each nursing course at Carroll provides quality, personalized learning experiences.

Nursing students are expected to purchase Carroll College nursing scrubs, nametag, hand-held mobile device, and other items needed for clinical/lab experience.  As part of the application process and prior to beginning 200-level courses, nursing students must show proof of freedom from communicable tuberculosis and immunity to hepatitis B, varicella, and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).  Students are required to have current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification prior to beginning clinical and must update this CPR certification as required.  Students must update their TB test annually and obtain an annual flu vaccination as required.

Professional nursing is regulated in Montana by the Board of Nursing to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.  As part of their educational program, student nurses are entrusted with the responsibility of providing certain kinds of nursing care to clients/patients.  It is the responsibility of the faculty to determine that the student nurse has demonstrated reasonable competence to render nursing interventions without risk to the client/patient.  If the faculty member’s evaluation of the student nurse’s behavior or health status indicated that he or she is likely to provide unsafe nursing care as outlined in the course expectations, the Statutes and Rules of Nursing, and the ANA Code of Ethics, the faculty has the legal responsibility to deny the student nurse access to clinical learning experience.  Professional liability insurance coverage is required for students engaged in clinical experiences and is included in registration fees.                                                   

The Carroll College Department of Nursing reserves the right to make changes in these admission and progression criteria.

Progression in the Nursing Major

To progress in the nursing major, the student must:

  1. Have a grade of “C-” or better in all nursing classes and the following co-requisites: BI 214, CH 112, MA 207, PHIL 107 or PHIL 208, SO 101. All nursing courses must be taken at Carroll College unless the nursing department grants an exception. Direct Entry nursing students must also have a “C-“ or better in all nursing pre-requisites (BI 201, BI 202, CH 111, CO 101, ENWR 102, PSY 105, PSY 203) to maintain their placement in the nursing major.
  2. Maintain a minimum CUM Carroll GPA of 2.75 at the end of each semester after admission into the nursing major.
  3. Pass/Fail grades may be acceptable for courses not co-requisite to nursing courses as long as the student is within the parameters of the guidelines of the Academic Policies as stated in the Carroll College Catalog currently in effect.
  4. In the event of a college academic integrity violation, the student’s ability to progress in the nursing major will be determined on an individual basis.
  5. Students who receive any legal action that would appear on a criminal background check, such as a misdemeanor or felony charge or conviction, must immediately inform the chair of the Nursing Department, and will be evaluated individually to determine whether they will be allowed to progress in the nursing major.
  6. Students must demonstrate the academic achievement, emotional maturity, integrity, and motivation necessary for progression in the nursing major.

If the student does not meet the above criteria, he or she is not eligible to continue in the nursing major. 

Policy related to Student Withdrawal and Re-application to the Nursing Major is found in the Department of Nursing Student Handbook.