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LPN to RN Programs in Montana

Community colleges and technical colleges in Montana are unique - in addition to offering an RN and an LPN to RN option, many offer an RN to BSN option.  BSN degrees are not the norm at community colleges and technical colleges but Montana has found a way to make it possible for its students.  Typically the BSN option is only available to students holding an RN license; students seeking a BSN degree without an RN license typically  must attend a traditional college or university.

 

Montana RN Licensing Requirements

Before a candidate can be eligible for an RN license, he/she must complete a board approved nursing program. Some of the programs offer an Associate of Science degree while others offer a Bachelor of Science degree. There are three ways a nurse can obtain licensure in the state of Montana: by exam, by endorsement, and by completing a program abroad.

RN Licensure by Exam

Nursing graduates need to apply to the Montana Board and submit registration to Pearson VUE. When, and only when, the candidate receives authorization to test, he/she can schedule the exam. There is a $100 fee made payable to the Montana Board and an additional $200 fee paid directly to the testing company. A graduate who has scheduled the exam may obtain a temporary patient and will be able to begin work. If the exam is not passed in the first attempt, the privilege will be taken away.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Registered nurses who completed a program in one of the other 50 states can apply for licensure by endorsement. The candidate will need to provide proof of licensure from the fist sate where he/she was licensed and from any other sate where the candidate held a license in the more recent two years. A registered nurse applying for credentialing will be required to pay a $200 fee to the Montana Board. Those who passed the licensing exam should provide a copy of their course evaluation.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

International registered nurses who have not taken the NCLEX must apply for license by examination. They must also complete a qualifying exam through the CGFNS before completing the NCLEX. Candidates must have their credentials professionally required and an English proficiency exam will be required of those who do not come from an exempted country.

Total Schools: 7

Ranked Schools: 7

Ranked: 1 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.811196.22%

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

1300 W Park St, Butte, MT - 59701-8997 (406) 496-4256

Montana Tech is located in Butte, Montana.  They offer two BSN programs – a pre-licensure and a post-licensure.  The pre-licensure program is for students without a prior degree.  The post-licensure program is for students with a prior RN degree.  Montana Tech’s nursing program is the first four-year nursing program to be approved by Montana in the past 78 years.

Campus: Butte, MT
Net Price: $11,622.00
Enrollment: 1,844
Transfer Out Rate: 28.80%
Loan Default Rate: $14.00
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $2.00%
Graduation Rate: 48.30%
Median Borrowing: 12,050.00%
Median Payment: 125.82%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6945193.89%

Flathead Valley Community College

777 Grandview Dr, Kalispell, MT - 59901 (406) 756-3822

Flathead Valley Community College is located in Kalispell, Montana.  FVCC offers both LPN and RN programs.  Their nursing program is developed so that LPNs may gain entrance into their RN program; in fact, their RN program requires an LPN degree for entrance.  FVCC also has partnerships with local universities so that graduates may earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing after graduation.

Campus: Kalispell, MT
Net Price: $8,066.00
Enrollment: 2,216
Transfer Out Rate: 13.40%
Loan Default Rate: $17.20
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $0.06%
Graduation Rate: 19.60%
Median Borrowing: 8,964.00%
Median Payment: 93.59%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.678193.56%

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana, Missoula, MT - 59812 (406) 243-0211

The University of Montana is located in Missoula, Montana.  The Missoula College of Nursing offers two nursing programs: stand-alone ASN option and the 1+1 LPN to RN option.  The stand-alone ASN option is for new nursing students, whereas the LPN to RN option is for students with a prior LPN license.  Both programs also have subgroups of face-to-face cohorts and hybrid (combination of face-to-face and online) cohorts.

Campus: Missoula, MT
Net Price: $12,217.00
Enrollment: 12,254
Loan Default Rate: $10.20
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-12.34%
Graduation Rate: 47.80%
Median Borrowing: 18,250.00%
Median Payment: 190.55%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6325192.65%

Helena College University of Montana

1115 N Roberts Street, Helena, MT - 59601 (406) 447-6900

Helena College – University of Montana is located in Helena, Montana.  Their program admits 16 student each fall and spring – 8 of which are regular RN cohorts and 8 off which are LPN to BSN pathway cohorts.

Campus: Helena, MT
Net Price: $9,942.00
Enrollment: 1,430
Transfer Out Rate: 12.20%
Loan Default Rate: $14.50
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $7.06%
Graduation Rate: 30.20%
Median Borrowing: 13,250.00%
Median Payment: 138.35%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.0955181.91%

Montana State University-Northern

300 W 11th St, Havre, MT - 59501 (406) 265-3700

Montana State University – Northern is located in Havre, Montana.  They offer an ASN degree and an RN to BSN degree.  Formats for their degrees are varied.  The ASN degree is typically face-to-face, whereas the RN to BSN is online, with clinical portions offered in the student’s geographical location.

Campus: Havre, MT
Net Price: $12,363.00
Enrollment: 1,250
Loan Default Rate: $12.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.38%
Graduation Rate: 29.00%
Median Borrowing: 10,563.00%
Median Payment: 110.29%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.0045180.09%

Miles Community College

2715 Dickinson Street, Miles City, MT - 59301-4774 (800) 541-9281
Campus: Miles City, MT
Net Price: $6,927.00
Enrollment: 422
Transfer Out Rate: 29.10%
Loan Default Rate: $13.60
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $25.97%
Graduation Rate: 39.60%
Median Borrowing: 8,250.00%
Median Payment: 86.14%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.5565171.13%

Salish Kootenai College

58138 US Highway 93, Pablo, MT - 59855 (406) 275-4800
Campus: Pablo, MT
Net Price: $11,936.00
Enrollment: 840
Loan Default Rate: $27.50
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $13.93%
Graduation Rate: 52.70%
Median Borrowing: 7,532.00%
Median Payment: 78.64%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Montana

LPN to BSN Programs in Montana

Many of the RN or BSN programs in Montana can be completed online, which provides nurses with flexibility in scheduling classes in comparison to non-campus programs. Both educational environments have similar admission criteria: Montana RN license, transcript from an accredited associate or diploma program, and completion of prerequisite courses. When the prerequisite courses have been completed, nursing candidates will focus on leadership and community-based health. Some courses may include:
  • Health assessment
  • Transitions in professional nursing
  • RN Information systems in healthcare community health nursing
  • Nursing leadership & management
  • Family nursing
  • Care of the aging client
  • Nursing research
  • Applied pathophysiologic & pharmacologic
  • Bioethical & genetic challenges in healthcare

 

Montana RN Licensing Requirements

Before a candidate can be eligible for an RN license, he/she must complete a board approved nursing program. Some of the programs offer an Associate of Science degree while others offer a Bachelor of Science degree. There are three ways a nurse can obtain licensure in the state of Montana: by exam, by endorsement, and by completing a program abroad.

RN Licensure by Exam

Nursing graduates need to apply to the Montana Board and submit registration to Pearson VUE. When, and only when, the candidate receives authorization to test, he/she can schedule the exam. There is a $100 fee made payable to the Montana Board and an additional $200 fee paid directly to the testing company. A graduate who has scheduled the exam may obtain a temporary patient and will be able to begin work. If the exam is not passed in the first attempt, the privilege will be taken away.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Registered nurses who completed a program in one of the other 50 states can apply for licensure by endorsement. The candidate will need to provide proof of licensure from the fist sate where he/she was licensed and from any other sate where the candidate held a license in the more recent two years. A registered nurse applying for credentialing will be required to pay a $200 fee to the Montana Board. Those who passed the licensing exam should provide a copy of their course evaluation.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

International registered nurses who have not taken the NCLEX must apply for license by examination. They must also complete a qualifying exam through the CGFNS before completing the NCLEX. Candidates must have their credentials professionally required and an English proficiency exam will be required of those who do not come from an exempted country.

Total Schools: 6

Ranked Schools: 5

Ranked: 1 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.811196.22%

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

1300 W Park St, Butte, MT - 59701-8997 (406) 496-4256

Montana Tech is located in Butte, Montana.  They offer two BSN programs – a pre-licensure and a post-licensure.  The pre-licensure program is for students without a prior degree.  The post-licensure program is for students with a prior RN degree.  Montana Tech’s nursing program is the first four-year nursing program to be approved by Montana in the past 78 years.

Campus: Butte, MT
Net Price: $11,622.00
Enrollment: 1,844
Transfer Out Rate: 28.80%
Loan Default Rate: $14.00
Institution Accreditation: NWCCU
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $2.00%
Graduation Rate: 48.30%
Median Borrowing: 12,050.00%
Median Payment: 125.82%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.658193.16%

Carroll College

1601 N Benton Ave, Helena, MT - 59625-0002 (406) 447-4300

Carroll College is located in Helena, Montana.  Carroll College has a BSN program.  They do offer a select few pre Direct Entry nursing students in their freshman year of college.  They also will accept transfer nursing students if their is space.  Their program is unique in that clinical experiences begin in the second year of the program as opposed to the third year.

Campus: Helena, MT
Net Price: $23,762.00
Enrollment: 1,431
Loan Default Rate: $1.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $12.66%
Graduation Rate: 67.40%
Median Borrowing: 23,384.00%
Median Payment: 244.16%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5065190.13%

Montana State University

Montana State University, Bozeman, MT - 59717 (406) 994-0211

Montana State University is located in Bozeman, Montana.  Their nursing department is proud to boast that it is the only one in he state to offer master’s degree in nursing.  It is also the oldest state-support institution offering nursing education in Montana; it has been offering its BSN program since 1937.

Campus: Bozeman, MT
Net Price: $14,106.00
Enrollment: 13,174
Loan Default Rate: $5.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $12.95%
Graduation Rate: 49.40%
Median Borrowing: 20,500.00%
Median Payment: 214.04%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.0955181.91%

Montana State University-Northern

300 W 11th St, Havre, MT - 59501 (406) 265-3700

Montana State University – Northern is located in Havre, Montana.  They offer an ASN degree and an RN to BSN degree.  Formats for their degrees are varied.  The ASN degree is typically face-to-face, whereas the RN to BSN is online, with clinical portions offered in the student’s geographical location.

Campus: Havre, MT
Net Price: $12,363.00
Enrollment: 1,250
Loan Default Rate: $12.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.38%
Graduation Rate: 29.00%
Median Borrowing: 10,563.00%
Median Payment: 110.29%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.5565171.13%

Salish Kootenai College

58138 US Highway 93, Pablo, MT - 59855 (406) 275-4800
Campus: Pablo, MT
Net Price: $11,936.00
Enrollment: 840
Loan Default Rate: $27.50
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $13.93%
Graduation Rate: 52.70%
Median Borrowing: 7,532.00%
Median Payment: 78.64%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Montana

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A University of Great Falls N/A Great Falls, MT CCNE

Montana RN Licensing Requirements

Before a candidate can be eligible for an RN license, he/she must complete a board approved nursing program. Some of the programs offer an Associate of Science degree while others offer a Bachelor of Science degree. There are three ways a nurse can obtain licensure in the state of Montana: by exam, by endorsement, and by completing a program abroad.

RN Licensure by Exam

Nursing graduates need to apply to the Montana Board and submit registration to Pearson VUE. When, and only when, the candidate receives authorization to test, he/she can schedule the exam. There is a $100 fee made payable to the Montana Board and an additional $200 fee paid directly to the testing company. A graduate who has scheduled the exam may obtain a temporary patient and will be able to begin work. If the exam is not passed in the first attempt, the privilege will be taken away.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Registered nurses who completed a program in one of the other 50 states can apply for licensure by endorsement. The candidate will need to provide proof of licensure from the fist sate where he/she was licensed and from any other sate where the candidate held a license in the more recent two years. A registered nurse applying for credentialing will be required to pay a $200 fee to the Montana Board. Those who passed the licensing exam should provide a copy of their course evaluation.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

International registered nurses who have not taken the NCLEX must apply for license by examination. They must also complete a qualifying exam through the CGFNS before completing the NCLEX. Candidates must have their credentials professionally required and an English proficiency exam will be required of those who do not come from an exempted country.

Montana LPN Jobs by City

Montana RN Job Outlook

There are approximately 8,700 nurses working in the state of Montana. This is reflective of the critical roles nurses play in the healthcare industry. It is predicted that there will be over 3,000 new nursing jobs in Montana by the year 2020. Now is a better time than every for registered nurses to pursue higher education to take advantage of all the opportunities that will present themselves after the completion of a BSN program. The nurses in Montana earn a median annual income of $58,200, with the high end of the median possessing more experience and specialized skills.

Montana Registered Nursing Salaries

The southwestern nonmetropolitan area of Montana has the highest number of registered nurses employed. However, it is the western non-metropolitan area that has the highest hourly mean wage and annual median wage.
Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual median wage
Billings, MT 2,030 $31.34 $62,370
Great Falls, MT 960 $29.18 $60,240
Missoula, MT 1,460 $30.85 $61,240
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 670 $28.02 $57,850
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 660 $26.29 $55,700
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 2,340 $29.05 $58,290
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 1,340 $30.18 $61,440
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data