You’ve probably already heard that nursing professionals like licensed practical nurses are in high demand in Montana. What you might not know is that while that is true, there are a shortage of training facilities and programs, which means that for now, there will continue to be a growing demand, and plenty of jobs to go around.
The first step in becoming an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), in Montana and elsewhere, is to complete an LPN training course. Let us therefore look at what you need to know before you sign up.
Where to Find LPN Courses in Montana
The first step in training as an LPN in Montana (and most other states) is to find a training program that’s been approved by the state. In this case, The Montana State Board of Nursing is the body tasked with ensuring that courses contain all the necessary content to equip students for a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
There are certificate and associate’s degree programs that are approved for people who want to qualify as an LPN in Montana, and they are offered mainly by Montana State University, and the University of Montana at various campuses throughout the state. There are a few other programs at community colleges, but you need to make sure that whichever you sign up for, it’s state accredited.
Signing Up for LPN Courses In Montana, and What You Will Learn
Since most of the LPN courses in Montana are hosted by universities, you will probably find that when you sign up, there are some fairly strict admission requirements.
Some of those may include providing your immunization records, your G.P.A. or college entrance exam results, or a background check. Again, there are limited slots available to would be LPN’s in Montana, and schools tend to choose the best candidates for those that are available!
The LPN course itself, in Montana, includes clinical training under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN), classroom studies, and lab work. You will learn everything from patient care to medical technology related items, and by the time you’ve completed a one or two year course, you will be equipped to work as an LPN anywhere in state.
The Competency Exam for LPN’s In Montana
Even after you have completed the LPN training program of your choice in Montana, there’s still one more hurdle before you can get a job in the medical field: the NCLEX-PN exam. Once you have passed that, you can apply for registration, and work as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Montana.
Earnings for an LPN in Montana
LPNs in Montana can expect to earn around $35,000 per annum, and there are plenty of jobs, thanks to that training bottleneck we’ve already mentioned. In fact, the Montana Department of Labor and Industry predicts that there will be a 18% increase in the demand for LPNs between now and 2016.
Accredited LPN Schools, Training Classes & Programs in Montana
Flathead Valley Community College
777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 756-3997
This college has a running start program which allows high school students to take courses for credit at a minimal cost. First six credits are free for in-district students. The practical nursing program is a two year AAS in Practical Nursing. Students in program are required to complete 52 credits to graduate. Students are welcome to apply for grants, veterans benefits, scholarships or the work study program.
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Montana State University-Billings, COT
3803 Central Ave
Billings, MT 59102
Phone: (406) 247-3073
To complete the practical nursing program here it takes four semesters and graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Practical Nursing. A very exciting athletics program exists at this school where both male and female compete in inter-collegiate and state championships. Get involved in the student union or one of the clubs or organizations on campus.
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Montana State University-Great Falls, COT
2100 16th Ave South
Great Falls, MT 59405
Phone: (406) 771-4362
Before being accepted into the LPN program here, applicants must complete eight courses over two semesters with a grade “C” or higher. After entering the program students complete two more semesters then graduate with an AAS degree. The head start child care program for three and four year olds is free and but you must apply early as space is limited.
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University of Montana Helena, COT
1115 North Roberts Street
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-6890
Students are encouraged to take their class schedule to the bookstore so their books can be located easily. Access information online with your students ID or walk into the library to gain access to books, magazines and journals. Students in the LPN program who need housing can seek rental the surrounding areas.
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University of Montana – Missoula, COT
909 South Avenue West
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: (406) 243-7875
The health center assists with immunizations and has a dental clinic that serves the campus. An academic support center is available and offers free tutoring and academic advising. As soon as you enroll into the practical nursing program you can also fill in the necessary forms that will allow you to get financial aid support to assist with paying for your AAS Degree in practical nursing.
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