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There are two main types of associate’s degree programs available in Montana: licensed practical nursing (LPN) and registered nursing (RN). Both are prelicensure programs that prepare students to pass the relevant NCLEX examination. Students can graduate either program with just two years of full-time study, so the time from enrollment to employment is relatively short. Below we profile several of Montana’s associate’s degree programs in depth.

Salish Kootenai College
SKC’s associate degree in nursing (ADN) program allows students to become licensed as an RN upon successful graduation. The program is heavily focused on practice in rural and Native American healthcare environments, in line with the school’s identity as a tribal college. Students must complete several prerequisites, including English and psychology, before applying to the program. Montana’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $58,840.

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City College, Montana State University - Billings
City College offers accredited associate’s degree programs in both licensed practical nursing and registered nursing. City College graduates have worked for major Montana healthcare employers like Billings Clinic and Philips County Hospital. Montana residents should budget $10,618 in tuition for the LPN track and $15,100 for the RN track.

Miles Community College
Miles offers both full-time and part-time ADN programs. Students can graduate from the full-time program after two years of study. However, the part-time track may be more appealing for students who are juggling work and school, as classes are usually held in the evenings.

Montana has more than a dozen prelicensure associate’s degree programs in total. We provide additional information on all of them below.

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Helena College, University of Montana
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Montana Tech of the University of Montana
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Missoula College, University of Montana
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Flathead Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Montana State University - Northern
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Miles Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
City College, Montana State University - Billings
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Salish Kootenai College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Helena College, University of Montana
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2009 to 2012
Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.2% 2008 to 2012
Missoula College, University of Montana
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.8% 2008 to 2012
Flathead Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.0% 2012 to 2012
Montana State University - Northern
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2008 to 2012
Miles Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.7% 2008 to 2012
City College, Montana State University - Billings
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.6% 2009 to 2012
Salish Kootenai College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.8% 2008 to 2012