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Accredited Nursing Schools in Montana

In Montana and in other US states, our experts help nursing students and nursing schools connect. Below is our list of nursing schools in Montana accredited by at least one of the two major US nursing commissions: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC or NLN). Browse our list of accredited online nursing schools and Montana campus locations, then request free information from any or all Montana nursing schools that have provided online information request forms. To view another US state, please visit our all nursing schools guide home page.

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Montana Nursing Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate of Science in Nursing LPN to ASN
    Note: commonly referred to as LPN to Registered Nurse LPN to RN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LPN to BSN
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LVN to BSN
    Note: LVN to BSN please select "LPN to BSN" when requesting info
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN
  • Diploma/Foreign Trained RN to BSN (must be licensed RN)
  • Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing RN to MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing MSN, BSN to MSN

Montana Healthcare Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with Minor in Healthcare
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (Informatics)
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with Healthcare Minor
  • Master of Business Administration MBA Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

Accredited Nursing Schools in Montana

RNs: Registered nurses in Montana must complete an approved nursing education program. This can be accomplished by earning a nursing diploma, an associate degree in nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited college, university or specialized hospital program approved by the Montana Board of Nursing. It should be noted that many major health care providers now prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor’s degree in the field. After completing a nursing program, prospective nurses must pass the national NCLEX-RN examination. To renew your nursing license in Montana, RNs must complete 24 contact hours of continuing education. RNs must renew their license every even-numbered year. There are approximately 8,340 RNs working in Montana.

LPNs: About 2,800 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) work in the state of Montana. To become an LPN in Montana, one must successfully complete a state-approved nursing education program. LPN programs are available at community colleges, junior colleges and technical/vocational schools and typically take a year to complete. The programs include both classroom study and patient care and typically result in an LPN certificate or diploma. Once the student has completed the program, he or she must pass the national NCLEX-PN examination to be able to legally practice nursing in the state. Just like RNs, LPNs must renew their license every even-numbered year, completing 24 contact hours of continuing education in order to renew.

The Best Cities in Montana for Nursing Jobs

  • Billings. With a population of more than 104,000 people, Billings is the most populous city in the vast state of Montana and is rapidly growing. Its metro area is home to two Level II trauma centers that serve as major employers for the area’s nurses. Since Montana has an increasingly aging population, assisted living facilities and home health care agencies are also prominent in Billings and employ numerous nurses.
    • RNs: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not list employment or salary information for RNs in Billings. The state average salary for RNs in Montana is $56,380.
    • LPNs: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not list employment or salary information for LPNs in Billings. The state average salary for LPNs in Montana is $34,910.
  • Missoula. The bustling city of Missoula is the second-largest city in Montana and home to more than 66,000 people. Its numerous hospitals and clinics contribute to the vibrant health care industry here, and make it the regional medical center for Western Montana. The city’s St. Patrick Hospital and Community Medical Center are major employers in the city, particularly of nurses.
    • RNs: The Missoula area employs approximately 1,220 RNs with the average salary coming to $57,190 annually.
    • LPNs: The Missoula area employs approximately 310 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $33,500 annually.
  • Great Falls. Great Falls, named after its collection of five stunning waterfalls, is home to more than 58,000 people, making it the third largest city in Montana. Great Falls is home to an Air Force base, which contributes to the local economy. Health care is also an important industry in the Great Falls metro area, and the city is home to a major health care system.
    • RNs: The Great Falls area employs approximately 930 RNs, with the average salary coming to $ 57,340 annually.
    • LPNs: The Great Falls area employs approximately 290 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $37,420 annually.

Major Hospitals in Montana.

  • Benefis Hospitals. Situated in the Great Falls area, Benefis Hospitals features 516 beds between its East and West Campuses. The system serves a whopping 15 counties, giving it one of the largest service areas in the nation. Benefis Hospitals employs more than 2,600 employees, making it one of the largest employers in its county. Benefis includes a Heart and Vascular Institute and Women’s and Children’s Services center.
  • Billings Clinic. Billings Clinic, a nonprofit Level II trauma center in Billings, is distinguished as having Magnet status from the ANCC due to the quality of its nurses. It is also its community’s largest employer. The 272-bed hospital features a 14-suite Family Birth Center and Neonatal ICU, an inpatient cancer care unit, and a surgery center.
  • St. Vincent Healthcare. St. Vincent Healthcare was founded in Billings by the Sisters of Charity in 1898 with a focus on Christ-centered healing. The Level II trauma center specializes in cardiology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics and women’s services. St. Vincent Children’s Healthcare specializes in treating child patients. St. Vincent Healthcare also features a Weight Management Clinic.
  • St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center. St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center is a nonprofit center of national medical research and education, along with being a Level II trauma center featuring 195 acute-care beds. The hospital was founded in 1873 by the Sisters of Providence. St. Patrick Hospital is listed among Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers.
  • Community Medical Center. Community Medical Center is a nonprofit Level III trauma center and acute medical and surgical hospital situated in Missoula. Health care services include: cardiology, orthopedics, women’s services, children’s services, endoscopy, oncology, rehabilitation, emergency services and diagnostic imaging. Community Medical Center uniquely serves its community by providing high-risk obstetrical and newborn care through its Neonatal ICU.

Carroll College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Helena, Montana
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1909
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.carroll.edu

Montana State University Bozeman School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Bozeman, Montana
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1893
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.montana.edu

Montana State University Northern School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Havre, Montana
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1929
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.msun.edu