Montana Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide contains important information on the nursing programs offered in the state of Montana. The undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in Montana and online allow students to focus their studies on a specific area of nursing, such as family nurse practitioner and health administration and informatics. Some students, however, require more flexibility than a traditional, on-campus nursing program affords. Online bachelor’s and master’s nursing programs are a viable, flexible alternative. Western Governors University, Kaplan University, and Walden University are among the online universities that allow students to earn an undergraduate or a graduate degree in nursing entirely online.

Montana School Facts:

  • 7 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 6 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 1 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Carroll College 62%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Montana State University Billings 28%.1
  • Highest net price*: Carroll College $22,825.1
  • Lowest net price*: Salish Kootenai College $8,591.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Montana with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $16,726 – $27,304.2
  • No schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100.

*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.

Continue below where you will find several profiles of the many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Montana and online.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Montana

Montana State University
Montana State University’s Bozeman College of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The four-year, 120 credit program is the only generic BSN program available in the state. Students can complete upper division nursing courses at any of the university’s campuses in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell, or Missoula. The nursing curriculum includes such required courses as psychiatric nursing, acute and chronic illness, care management, and research in health care. Students are required to complete clinical rotations at local medical facilities. Scholarships may be available for eligible students.

University of Montana
The University of Montana’s four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is divided into three phases. During the first phase, which covers the first year and a half, students complete general college prerequisite coursework at the university’s main campus in Missoula. In the second phase during the second half of the sophomore year, nursing majors begin taking lower level nursing courses. The third phase, during the junior and senior years, immerses students in challenging nursing coursework, which includes clinical practicums. Students can study at the Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell, or Missoula campuses for the second and third phases.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Montana

Chamberlain College of Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a family nurse practitioner concentration caters to working nurses who want to pursue advanced positions in nursing. The 45 credit online program generally takes between two and three years to complete with individual classes spanning eight weeks. The curriculum covers healthcare policy, leadership and role of the advanced practice nurse, and advanced pharmacology. Practicums are mandatory and students must complete a minimum of 625 hours of clinical work. Successful applicants must possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and hold a current registered nurse’s license. The program features six start dates each year.

University of Phoenix
Graduate students at the University of Phoenix can pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or may specialize their degree by concentrating in health administration and informatics, nursing and health care administration, or family nurse practitioner. All nursing students will complete such core courses as financial resource management, influencing the future of nursing and health care, and dynamics of family systems. A capstone course highlights the degree with students required to complete a 60 hour clinical practicum at a medical facility in or near the student’s hometown. Students have a full year to complete clinical requirements.

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=MT&major=nursing&sort=best