Montana Tech Nursing Granted Accreditation from CCNE

Montana Tech has received accreditation for its baccalaureate degree program in nursing for 10 years through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE Board of Commissioners determined that Montana Tech’s program met all four accreditation standards.
Montana Tech is one of only two publicly funded nursing programs in Montana to offer a pre-licensure bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). The 2018 graduating class, which was the first graduating class from Montana Tech’s bachelor of science in nursing program, received a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam and had a 100%-percent placement rate.

“Over the past few years, the nursing program at Montana Tech has been on an amazing upward trajectory,” noted Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter. “We have a top quality program with exceptional faculty, staff, and leadership.”

“Being accredited by a nationally recognized organization means Montana Tech Nursing meets specific high standards and provides quality baccalaureate nursing education,” explained Karen VanDaveer, Director of Nursing at Montana Tech. “Montana Tech nursing graduates have the knowledge to practice at the bachelor level in their nursing career and the foundation to continue on to further education. The Montana Tech nursing graduate will help meet the healthcare needs of the citizens of Montana and beyond.”

“It is wonderful to receive an accreditation of 10 years from CCNE,” said Doug Abbott, Provost at Montana Tech. “The 10-year accreditation is a testament to the high quality of Montana Tech’s Nursing faculty and students. I hope a Montana Tech Nursing graduate will care for me one day as I know I would be in good hands.”

CCNE is a national, autonomous accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. As part of their review, CCNE evaluators look at a program’s mission, goals and expected outcomes, and assess its performance in achieving them in the most effective way. For more information, visit