DATE: September 21-23, 2005
TO: Montana Board of Regents
FROM: Roger Barber, Deputy Commissioner for Academic & Student Affairs
There are two new academic programs proposed under the Level II approval process. These proposals will be reviewed by the academic officers, in September 2005, and will move to the action agenda of the Montana Board of Regents in November 2005.
Montana State University-Billings College of Technology:
- ITEM 128-2701-R0905: Montana State University-Billings College of Technology seeks approval to retain its Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology as an “official” part of its degree and program inventory. The program was originally proposed by the MSU-Billings College of Technology when that institution was approached by Saint Vincent Healthcare and the Deaconess Billings Hospital to develop and offer the program as a collaborative partnership between the three (3) entities. Both hospitals have funded full-time clinical instructors for the degree program, and help to pay for the program director’s salary. The program was initially approved, under the Level I process, in August 2003. That temporary approval is only good for two years, however, and the MSU-Billings College of Technology must have Level II approval to retain the program. Request Summary Proposal Budget Attachment
Flathead Valley Community College:
- ITEM 128-301-R0905: Flathead Valley Community College seeks approval to establish a Certificate program in Licensed Practical Nursing. According to Flathead Valley Community College, there is a shortage of LPN nurses statewide and regionally. Quality health care is also increasingly challenging in Montana with its aging population and rural setting, the College asserts. The Licensed Practical Nursing program at Flathead Valley Community College will prepare students to sit for licensure, address current workforce supply challenges and establish a curriculum that provides opportunities for continued studies in nursing. This proposal will be the first program presented under the joint Board of Nursing/Board of Regents’ approval process. It is also based on the Licensed Practical Nursing curriculum approved by the Montana Board of Regents in May 2005. Request Summary Proposal Budget Attachment 1 Attachment 2 Attachment 3 Attachment 4 Attachment 5