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 2024. While currently, slated to increase up to 12%, individuals can meet this demand by apply for licensing in the state of Montana by exam or endorsement.

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/Welcome.aspx

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.

Learn more about Montana LPN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in Montana 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.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Billings530$18.91$39,330
Missoula380$18.68$38,840
Great Falls300$19.91$41,410

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Montana LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

LPN Programs in Montana

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Blackfeet Community College
504 SE Boundary St, Browning, MT 59417
(406) 338-5441 Visit Homepage
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City College of Montana State University - Billings
1500 University Dr, Billings, MT 59101
(406) 657-2011 Visit Homepage
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Flathead Valley Community College
777 Grandview Dr, Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 756-3822 Visit Homepage
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Great Falls College
2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405
(406) 771-4300 Visit Homepage
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Helena College
1115 N Roberts St, Helena, MT 59601
(406) 447-6900 Visit Homepage
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