Top BSN program in Montana


Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from our award winning Sherry Lesar School of Nursing. Our nursing school boasts accolades such as Top BSN Nursing School in Montana as well as the Top RN to BSN Program in Montana.

The Sherry Lesar School of Nursing at Montana Tech is a CCNE accredited program ensuring that courses have the right content, instructors are using appropriate teaching methods, and schools are meeting the needs of nursing students.

Nursing Scholar's Edge Program

High Achieving Montana High School Students

  • 10 students will be selected for direct admission to the clinical portion of the Montana Tech nursing school.
  • Eligibility to apply will be based on achieving a high school GPA of 3.8 and ACT composite score of 25.
  • Nursing Scholar's Edge Program Fall 2023 Applications are now available and due January 20, 2023. Access the application here.

Excellent Facilities

The Lesar Family Nursing Simulation Center opened in May 2022. This facility is approximately 5,000 square feet and offers four simulation suites with the ability to flex space to hospital, home or office settings, debriefing rooms, and telehealth rooms. In addition, the center includes a nurse's station and medication room for student simulated learning experiences.

Hands-on Learning

Students have the opportunity to complete close to 1,000 clinical hours throughout the program. These hours are fulfilled through participation in skills and simulation labs and clinical experiences at area hospitals and clinical settings across Southwest Montana.

Nursing students are always learning to prepare themselves for their careers after graduation. Students use the GERonTologic (GERT) age simulation suit to experience the impairments of older persons. 

Spectacular Location

Beyond having access to nursing simulation labs, clinical sites and job opportunities, Montana Tech’s location in Butte, Montana, provides you with endless outdoor opportunities, including hiking, biking, skiing, and fishing. Historic Butte also offers a vibrant art scene, with galleries, music venues, festivals, and theaters.

Why Study Nursing at Montana Tech?

Within the Montana Tech Sherry Lesar School of Nursing, you’ll benefit from a low student-to-faculty ratio and a robust hands-on learning environment.

B.S. in Nursing Pre-Licensure/Four-Year

Nursing students simulating CPRWelcoming its first cohort in 2015, Montana Tech's BSN was the first new four-year program to be granted state approval in 78 years. View the courses for the Nursing Pre-Licensure, B.S.

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Study nursing and have fun too

Expand your nursing education by getting involved in student activities and clubs right on the Montana Tech campus. Our nursing students have the opportunity to hike hundreds of miles of maintained trails, including the Continental Divide Trail, or go mountain biking, fly-fishing, or backcountry and cross country skiing — all just minutes from campus.

focus on your career in nursing from the first day of classes

Prepare for your "next"

From engaged nursing faculty to outstanding Career Services, Montana Tech has the resources, support, and connections you need for a successful nursing future. The nursing degree program boasts close to 100% placement rate over the past 10 years.

Melissa Oldaker

"Studying nursing at Montana Tech has been the most wonderful and challenging experience of my life. It’s evident that every single nursing professor is actively present in helping their students accomplish the ultimate goal of becoming a nurse, while also pushing us to be the best future nurses we can possibly be. I am confident in my abilities to secure the nursing job of my dreams after graduation, all thanks to Montana Tech and it’s prestigious nursing program and staff. I will forever cherish my time spent as a Montana Tech Nursing Student."
Melissa Oldaker

Derrick Dauenhauer

"The Nursing program at Montana Tech has done a fantastic job at preparing me for my career as a nurse.

From the moment I stepped on campus, the staff has been nothing but supportive and has gone out of their way to make sure that I succeed. Covid was difficult for many, but during this time, the nursing program did everything in its power to continue our education and pursue resources to make sure we never missed a step in our schooling. I will forever be thankful for that."
Derrick Dauenhauer

Jami Nooney

"I am a proud Montana Tech Nursing graduate. The support among classmates and faculty is unmatched. The education and resources provided facilitate transition to practice. Professors present the diversity of career choices and education opportunities. I am grateful for the knowledge I gained, mentors I found and friendships I made while a student Montana Tech."
Jami Nooney, BSN, RN

Careers in Nursing

Assistance and focus on a student's future career begins upon the first visit to campus. Students are provided individual advising throughout their time with Montana Tech nursing to ensure each follows a streamlined curricular path to timely degree completion. Additional guidance and education to assist nursing students to transition into practice is provided in the Leadership and Management course, participation in Montana Tech's Career Fair, and fostering a relationship with the campus' Career Services.

Career outlook in nursing

100% career outcome rate most years »

Nursing salary

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, The median annual wage for registered nurses was $75,330, or $36.22 per hour in May 2020. Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 7% by 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.


Montana Tech offers various nursing scholarships which are awarded through the financial aid office. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for campus scholarships. Any additional scholarship information that the department receives can be found on the outside scholarship page.

Explore Classes for the Nursing Degree

Supplement traditional nursing coursework with state-of-the-art labs through this undergraduate nursing program.

Get Started on Your Nursing Degree

Take the next step toward earning your bachelor's degree in nursing at Montana Tech.

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Talk to an Advisor

Contact Dawn Anderson at, or 406-496-4390.

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To transfer to Montana Tech, you must be a high school graduate and have earned more than 12 college credits.

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Montana Tech has determined that the Nursing program meets the educational requirements necessary for the student to seek licensure/certification in the state of Montana. Montana Tech has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in any other state. Please view this document for further licensure information.

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