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The registered nurse (RN) fills a critical role in Montana’s healthcare system. Not only is an RN responsible for direct patient care, but she also often manages a team of more junior licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Montana offers two types of RN prelicensure programs: a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). We’ve profiled below several of the state’s top RN programs.

Montana State University – Bozeman
Montana State offers a renowned undergraduate baccalaureate program for nursing that has held national accreditation since 1949. Graduates of the BSN program must pass the NCLEX-RN national examination to gain RN licensure. The median income for Montana’s registered nurses is $58,840.

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Carroll College
Carroll College offers a prelicensure baccalaureate degree program in nursing. This is the only state-approved BSN program in Montana’s state capital, Helena. Upon successful graduation, students can work for local healthcare employers like St. Peter's Hospital.

Flathead Valley Community College
Flathead’s RN program is a relatively short two-semester, 28-credit program. However, only currently licensed LPNs are permitted to enroll. Students who wish to transfer into Flathead from other institutions may do so under the Registered Nurse Transfer Program.

If you are still undecided on which RN program to attend in Montana, we have compiled below a full list of the state’s prelicensure RN programs.

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Montana

Carroll College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
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
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 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
Carroll College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.1% 2008 to 2012
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
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.9% 2008 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
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