There are just over 10 different accredited nursing schools in Montana in our database.

There could be a shortage of around 800,000 nurses by the year 2020, experts say, and Montana isn’t going to be spared from the shortage. Already, Montana residents are feeling the pinch, especially in the state’s many remote rural areas.

There are a number of reasons why Montana is experiencing a pretty severe nursing shortage, including:
– A shortage of nursing schools
– A lack of nursing educators to staff nursing schools
– An aging nursing population
– Freshly-graduated nursing students being lured away by large city hospitals, instead of working in rural areas


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Fortunately, Montana recognizes these challenges, and is taking steps to remedy them. Already, many of Montana’s relatively few nursing schools are incorporating things like distance learning and online education into their curricula, as well as implementing innovative curricula, accelerated programs, and more.

Nursing Degrees by Program in Montana

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Career Opportunities for Montana Nurses

Though Montana hospitals are hurting for new nurses, there are plenty of other job opportunities available for nursing students that don’t feel that a hospital environment is right for them. People who want to avoid the hectic atmosphere of a busy emergency room can look at private doctor’s offices, specialists’ offices, nursing homes, mental health facilities, reproductive care centers, and more. These businesses need nurses just as badly as hospitals do, and many doctors’ offices in rural areas end up suffering the most from the current nursing shortage.

Salaries for Montana Nurses
Montana has quite a bit of variation in nursing salaries, depending on what kind of business a nurse ends up working for, and its geographic location. An RN working for a hospital in Helena will earn a median annual salary of $59,917, while an RN working in Great Falls will earn about $3k less. These are just median figures, and actually represent a salary range from the mid $40,000s to the low $70,000s.

Montana Board of Nursing

Montana has two excellent resources for nurses, nursing educators, and nursing students- the Board of Nursing, and the Montana Nurses Association. The Board of Nursing is the state’s regulatory body when it comes to nursing, and can provide information on licensing, job postings, licensing, and examinations. The Nurses Association is a good resource for information on industry news, advocacy, education, and other issues relating to nurse and patient safety. The Board of Nursing can be found at 301 South Park, P.O. Box 200513, Helena, MT, 59620-0513.

Nursing Scholarships & Grants Info for MT

Following are examples of nursing scholarships and grants for Montana residents and students enrolled in accredited nursing programs in the state.

Montana Community Foundation
Nursing students who are residents of Montana and plan to work in Montana upon graduation may be eligible for a Foundation scholarship.  Only undergraduate students are eligible for nursing scholarships.  New applications are available at the beginning of each calendar year.  Award amounts as well as eligibility criteria vary depending upon the scholarship program.   For current applications and guidelines, contact the Foundation at P.O. Box 1145, Helena, MT 59624 or by calling (406) 443-8313.

Montana State University
The College of Nursing administers over 25 nursing scholarship programs for undergraduate and graduate nursing students.  These include Mary Kay Shevlin Nursing Scholarship and the Frances Thomas Nursing Scholarship.  While each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria, all applications are due by December annually.  Awards are based on personal essay, financial documentation, and academic scores.  For information on nursing scholarships and grants as well as other tuition assistance available through the school, contact them directly at (406) 994-3783.

InterBel Telephone Cooperative Education Foundation
If your parent has been a member of InterBel Telephone Cooperative in Montana for at least two of the previous five years, you may be eligible for a nursing scholarship from the Foundation.   Additional eligibility criteria include financial need, academic achievement, and letters of recommendation.  Award amounts vary.  For current applications, contact the Foundation at P.O. Box 1398, Whitefish, MT 59937 or call them at (406) 889-3311.

Charles M. Bair Memorial Trust
The Trust awards full scholarships to graduates of White Sulphur Springs and Harlowton high schools as well as graduates of any high school in Wheatland or Meagher counties in Montana.  Awards are made to all majors, including nursing.  Nursing students must be enrolled full-time in an accredited nursing program in Montana.  Scholarships cover tuition, books, fees, and housing for up to four years. Applications are due by mid-March annually. For application forms and detailed guidelines, contact the Trust, c/o U.S. Bank, N.A., P.O. Box 30678, Billings, MT 59115.

Central Montana Foundation
Students who graduate from central Montana high schools and plan to pursue a nursing degree may be eligible for a scholarship from the Foundation.  Award amounts vary as do deadlines.  Scholarships are awarded based on financial information, academic scores, and personal essay.  For current applications and guidelines, write the Foundation at 224 West Main Street, Suite 300, Lewistown, MT 59457.

List of Nursing Schools & Programs in Montana

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Carroll College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1601 N Benton Ave
Helena, Montana 59625-0002
Phone:(406) 447-4300
Website: www.carroll.edu
Carroll College is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.

Flathead Valley Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
777 Grandview Dr
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Phone:(406) 756-3822
Phone: (800) 331-3822
Website: www.fvcc.edu
Flathead Valley Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Miles Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
2715 Dickinson Street
Miles City, Montana 59301-4774
Phone: (406-874-6100
Phone:(800) 541-9281
Website: www.milescc.edu
Miles Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Montana State University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Clinical Nurse Leader
Family Nurse Practitioner
Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
College of Nursing
P.O. Box 173560
Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717
Phone:(406) 994-3783
Website: www.montana.edu
Montana State University is a 4-year, public institution.

Montana State University-Billings-College of Technology

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Clinical Nurse Leader
Family Nurse Practitioner
Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: Montana State Board of Nursing
1500 University Dr
Billings, Montana 59102-9856
Phone:(406) 657-2211
Phone: (800) 565-6782
Website: www.msubillings.edu/cot
Montana State University-Billings-College of Technology is a 2-year, public institution.

Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, Montana 59405
Phone:(406) 771-4300
Phone: (800) 446-2698
Website: www.msugf.edu
Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology is a 2-year, public institution.

Montana State University-Northern

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)’
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
300 W 11th St
P.O. Box 7751
Havre, Montana 59501
Phone:(406) 265-3700
Phone: (800) 662-6132
Website: www.msun.edu
Montana State University-Northern is a 4-year, public institution.

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1300 W Park St
Butte, Montana 59701-8997
Phone:(406) 496-3722
Website: www.mtech.edu
Montana Tech of the University of Montana is a 4-year, public institution.

Salish Kootenai College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
58138 US Highway 93
P.O. Box 70
Pablo, Montana 59855
Phone:(406) 275-4800
Website: www.skc.edu
Salish Kootenai College is a 4-year, primarily associate’s, private not-for-profit institution.

The University of Montana

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Accreditation: Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
909 South Ave West
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone:(406) 243-7811
Phone: (800) 542-6882
Website: www.umt.edu
The University of Montana is a 4-year, public institution.

University of Montana-Helena College of Technology

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1115 N Roberts Street
Helena, Montana 59601
Phone:(406) 444-6800
Website: www.umhelena.edu
University of Montana-Helena College of Technology is a 2-year, public institution.


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