Welcome to the Nursing Department at Salish Kootenai College. This program was founded upon the ideal of educating nurses to serve diverse populations in rural settings. Our small class sizes and unique clinical settings prepare our graduates for the challenges of these locations. Our program embraces the Native American culture and prepares our graduates to be able to provide culturally competent care.

The faculty and staff of this department are focused on the success of our students. A large amount of resources are directed at supporting our students to be successful in the nursing program and ultimately passing the NCLEX licensing exam that allows them to become licensed Registered Nurses.

We also offer the RN completion program, which enables our students to complete their education and obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN). From this point many students continue on to complete graduate degrees in nursing and other fields.

I speak for the entire faculty and staff of the Nursing Department when I welcome you to our program. We look forward to the journey as you pursue your Associate or Baccalaureate degree in Nursing. We encourage you to become an active part of this program. It may be a difficult journey at times, but the rewards are great.

The SKC Nursing Program has been recognized for its unique focus on Native American culture and health issues, as well as teaching culturally appropriate, evidence-based nursing interventions. A critical concept in the college’s nursing program is cultural competence. Many faculty and staff are of Native American heritage. All faculty and staff are committed to weaving cultural experiences throughout the curriculum, including lab, classroom, and clinical settings.

The mission of the SKC Nursing Program is to provide Native American nurses with the competencies required for professional practice and leadership in rural communities. The SKC Nursing Program promotes collaborative partnerships that enhance the health and well-being of tribal members, families, and communities. The SKC Nursing Program maintains partnerships with clinical agencies that provide students experiences in hospitals, community setting, clinics, and other appropriate venues that provide students the opportunities to gain the competency necessary for excellent nursing practice.

Nursing Website is supported by an IHS grant “Pathways to Indian Nursing Education” award # D91IHS300217

  • In fall 2009, 1175 full- and part-time students attended Salish Kootenai College. In that quarter, 70% of students were Native American, 60% were female and 40% were male. Students represented 66 tribes and 20 states and provinces
    SKC Catalog 2010-2012; pg2