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.

Student at Blessing of the Hands
Above: A nursing student prays at the annual "Blessing of the Hands", an interfaith ceremony that recognizes the dedication of nurses to bring comfort, kindness, respect, and spiritual support to patients.

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. Engage in 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 diverse individuals, families, groups, communities, or populations in a variety of 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, providing inclusive and equitable care.

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 experiences are primarily in Helena, allowing for one-on-one interaction with faculty.


The Carroll College Department of Nursing's baccalaureate degree program has been accredited since its inception in the 1970's and is also approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing. Carroll’s nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and received a full 10 years of re-accreditation after its last site visit in 2011. The program is currently preparing for its next CCNE accreditation site visit, which will be conducted virtually from October 4-6, 2021. In accordance with CCNE’s procedures, the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit written and signed third-party comments concerning a program’s qualifications for accreditation. Find out more information about the opportunity to submit written third-party comments to CCNE by September 13, 2021.