Becoming an LPN in Montana
The state of Montana works toward consistent standards of health practices by encouraging continuing competency standards, as well as rules, policies and procedures for healthcare. They also promote professional nursing practices to ensure high quality healthcare service for the whole community. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted a staggering increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs by 2020. While currently, slated to increase up to 26%, individuals can meet this demand by apply for licensing in the state of Montana by exam or endorsement.
LPN Programs in Montana
Program Phone Website City College of MSU Billings
1500 University Dr, Billings, MT 59101
(406) 657-2011 Request Information Flathead Valley Community College
777 Grandview Dr, Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 756-3822 Request Information Great Falls College
2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405
(406) 771-4300 Request Information Helena College
1115 N Roberts St, Helena, MT 59601
(406) 447-6900 Request Information Missoula College
909 South Avenue West, Missoula , MT 59801
(800) 542-6882 Request Information
Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Jan 02, 2014.
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Montana LPN Licensing Requirements
In order to receive state licensure in Montana, the applicant must submit an application to the state once he or she has completed the required educational program and registered for testing (NCLEX). Proof of the following must also be submitted along with the application:
- Official transcript from state-approved nursing program sent directly from the school.
- Proof of registration (ATT) for the NCLEX.
License Application Forms (https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/)
Extended periods of standing, squatting, walking, and running, may test an LPN's endurance on a daily basis. Physical strength may also be helpful when performing day-to-day tasks—even if they are not required.
Montana will allow LPN's from other states to apply for a license by endorsement. This application also requires the following:
- Proof of current license in another US state for at least the last 2 years.
- Official transcripts from state-approved nursing program.
- Proof of having passed the NCLEX exam.
- Course-by-course review (foreign applicants)
- English proficiency (foreign applicants)
Montana LPN licenses expire December 31st every even-numbered year, and 24 hours continued education must be met every 2 year licensing period.
Additional MT Nursing Resources
Montana State Board of Nursing
301 South Park
PO Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Phone: (406) 841-2340
Fax: (406) 841-2305
1. Montana Nurses Association (http://www.mtnurses.org/)
LPN Salary: Montana vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2014
Montana LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook
In 2012, the median income for LPNs in the state of Montana was $37,000. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Montana (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=30&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 26% increase in LPN jobs in Montana by 2020. This prediction translates to approximately 160 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.
Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)
Montana Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information obtained from the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Montana. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
Area Total Employment Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary Billings 600 $19.04 $39,600 Missoula 340 $18.74 $38,980 Great Falls 280 $18.76 $39,010