Nursing Schools in Montana

With a scant population of just under 1 million, it’s no big surprise that there are only a handful of nursing schools in Montana to practice in the state’s 20 hospitals and a few nursing care facilities. But that doesn’t mean this sparsely populated state doesn’t hold promise for aspiring nurses.

The truth is, registered nurses are in demand and can lead rewarding careers in this state known as the Big Sky Country. At present, the nursing work force is comprised of more than 8,000 nurses but the state will certainly need more than this number in the next few years as the population ages.

With the state’s massive land area, those in rural communities may find it tough to study at any of the campus-based nursing schools in Montana. In such cases, online nursing programs are viable options. Most nurses here enter the field with a 2-year associate degree (ADN) and while that is a good place to start as any, Montana could use more registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees (BSN) and those with graduate degrees in nursing anesthesia (CRNA), nurse practitioner (NP), and nurse midwifery (CNM).

For anyone looking to start a nursing career in a place far from the hustle and bustle of big city life, Montana would be a good choice with its grand mountains, expansive grasslands, and serene lakes. But there’s more to this state than its rugged beauty. Nurses can earn a good living here too. A staff nurse in Billings, Montana’s largest city, can earn anywhere from $50,000 to $66,000. Nurses in specialty areas earn more: for a nurse practitioner, the salary could range from $66,000 to $78,000 annually, while a certified nurse anesthetist has the potential to earn $119,000 to $137,000. For graduates of Montana nursing schools and RNs interested to relocate here, information for state licensure can be obtained from the Montana Board of Nursing.

Employment: 8,340
Hourly Mean Wage: $27.10
Annual Mean Wage: $56,380
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

State Nursing Board: Montana Board of Nursing
State Nurses Association: Montana Nurses Association
State Hospital Association: MHA: An Association of Health Care Providers

Montana Nursing Schools

School Name: Carroll College
Address: 1601 N Benton Ave, Helena, Montana 59625-0002
Contact: (406) 447-4300
Website: www.carroll.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Flathead Valley Community College
Address: 777 Grandview Dr, Kalispell, Montana 59901
Contact: (406) 756-3822
Website: www.fvcc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Miles Community College
Address: 2715 Dickinson Street, Miles City, Montana 59301-4774
Contact: (800) 541-9281
Website: www.milescc.edu/
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Montana State University
Address: Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717
Contact: (406) 994-0211
Website: www.montana.edu/
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Montana State University-Billings-College of Technology
Address: 3803 Central Ave, Billings, Montana 59102-9856
Contact: (406) 247-3000
Website: www.msubillings.edu/cot/
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology
Address: 2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, Montana 59405
Contact: (406) 771-4300
Website: www.msugf.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: Montana State University-Bozeman
Address: Bozeman, MT
Program Types: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, LPN to BSN, Masters in Nursing, Second Degree BSN
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Accreditation: CCNE accredited
School Name: Montana State University-Northern
Address: 300 W 11th St, Havre, Montana 59501
Contact: (406) 265-3700
Website: www.msun.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, RN to BSN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Address: 1300 W Park St, Butte, Montana 59701-8997
Contact: (406) 496-4101
Website: www.mtech.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: Salish Kootenai College
Address: 58138 US Highway 93, Pablo, Montana 59855
Contact: (406) 275-4800
Website: www.skc.edu
Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private not-for-profit
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN, RN to BSN
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
School Name: The University of Montana
Address: Missoula, Montana 59812
Contact: (406) 243-0211
Website: www.umt.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
School Name: University of Montana-Helena College of Technology
Address: 1115 N Roberts Street, Helena, Montana 59601
Contact: (406) 444-6800
Website: www.umhelena.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Program Types: Associate Degree Nursing, LPN to ADN, LPN/LVN
Accreditation: N/A
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