Montana Nursing License

Montana Nursing

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Montana State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 9/6/2013

Nursing Licenses in MontanaMaster’s Required?
Advanced Practice NursingY
Registered Nurse (RN)N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)N

Montana Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse
$22,840$34,910$56,380 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Montana can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Montana nursing salary.

Montana Nursing Scholarships

For nursing financial aid options take a look at our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Is Montana a Nursing Licensure Compact State?No

Nursing License

There are many paths to become a nurse in Montana. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Montana, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Montana nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Montana, please let us know!


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Montana Nursing Licensure Renewal

All Montana nursing licenses renew December 31 of even-numbered years. Nurses should be prepared for random audits.

Advanced Practice – Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife in Montana

EducationSuccessful Completion of a Post Basic Professional Nursing Education Program in the Advanced Practice Area of Specialty with the Minimum Length of One Academic Year Consisting of At Least 250 Hours of Didactic Instruction and 400 Hours under a Preceptor; While A Masters Degree Is Not Explicitly Required, Many Certifications Will Require a Masters Degree, and Many Degree Programs That Meet the Education Requirements Are Masters Degree Programs
ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications
Fees$75 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
ExperienceNone
Certification RequiredNational Certification in Advanced Nursing Specialty
RenewalRenewal fee is $50 per APRN specialty endorsement. Advanced practice nurses must complete 40 contact hours of continuing education during each two-year license renewal period. The majority of contact hours must be in the area of the individual’s specialized certification plus 10 continuing education units (CEUs) in pharmacology if they have prescriptive authority. Advanced practice nurses are also responsible for completing all CEU requirements of their national certifying body. A random audit of licensees may be performed.
Additional InformationAn Active Montana Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application.
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Registered Nurse (RN) in Montana

EducationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-RN
Fees$100 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalRenewal fees are $100. Registered nurses must complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every two years due by the time of license renewal.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $200 Endorsement Fee.
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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Montana

EducationCompletion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-PN
Fees$100 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalRenewal fees are $100. Registered nurses must complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every two years due by the time of license renewal.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $200 Endorsement Fee.
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