Of the more than 1 million residents of the state of Montana, just over 9,000 are employed as registered nurses. The majority work in the cities of Billings and Kalispell, where the median annual salary is $60,477 and $62,544, respectively. On average, Montana RNs earn $60,700; however, this number ranges between $24,810 and $127,290 depending on a nurse’s level of degree and licensure. This averages out to a salary approximately 17% lower than the national average.
Many RNs choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to increase their employment opportunities and earning potential. Montana is one of just nine states that received a grant to promote the transition of nurses entering BSN programs. Below we have assembled a list of all the accredited RN to BSN programs in the state to help aspiring RNs determine the program that best fits their needs.
- Ranked #1 most innovative school by US News in 2017!
- Transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU
- Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 9-week terms per year
- Accelerated learning. Earn your BSN in as little as one year.
- Increase your earning potential. RNs with BSNs earn 43% more than those without a bachelor's degree according to the Nurses Journal.
- Free iPad. All students receive an iPad to access classes from anywhere.
- Learn from a top nursing school. Sacred Heart University is recognized by U.S. News as a top university.
- Build upon existing education. You can transfer up to 90 credits from previous college courses.
- Get support on your schedule. Sacred Heart's classes are designed for working RNs and provide one-on-one support to online students.
- Ultimate flexibility. Capella's signature FLEXPATH curriculum lets you learn at your pace, maintain a full-time job and apply knowledge in the field immediately.
- Simple, affordable tuition. You can earn your MSN in as little as 12 to 18 months and pay a flat tuition rate every 12 weeks, no matter how many classes you take.
- Personalized support. Capella focuses on student success with FlexPath coaches, instructors and tutors every step of the way.
RN-to-BSN Programs in Montana
Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Montana’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.
Montana State University - Northern
$ 255 resident
$ 668 nonresident
| ||School Website||Online|| 300 W 11th St |
Havre, MT 59501
Montana Tech of the University of Montana
$ 18,760 program total
$ 31,412 program total nonresident
| ||School Website||Online|| 1300 W Park St |
Butte, MT 59701
Salish Kootenai College
$ 308 resident
$ 452 nonresident
| ||School Website||Campus|| 58138 US Highway 93 |
Pablo, MT 59855
University of Great Falls
$ 130 per credit hour
2017 Application Period will open Spring 2016
| ||School Website||Campus|| 1301 Twentieth St S |
Great Falls, MT 59405-4996
Please contact the RN to BSN program in Montana that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Montana that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!
State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths
The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Montana has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Montana is actively progressing on this front.
- Practice & Care
- Interprofessional Care
What is being done to increase the number of Montana RN’s with a BSN?
The AC is promoting seamless transition for nurses into BSN programs. The state action Coalition was one of nine states to receive a grant for this purpose.
Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?
Yes. RN to MSN Programs and State or Regional Shared Curriculum.
What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?
The AC supports a LEAD Council that focuses on expanding opportunities for nurses through networking and partnerships.
Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?
Yes. No specific plans announced.
Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?
Yes. The AC promotes the use of the APRN Consensus Model in the state.
Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?
No specific plans announced.
How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?
The AC works with colleges, especially tribal colleges, to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce, with a focus on the Native American population.
What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?
The coalition is working with an economist from the Department of Labor to analyze data needs. The AC will then use the analysis to promote better data policies.
MHA…An Association of Montana Health Care Providers
Montana State Board of Nursing
Source: Campaign for Action
Montana is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). An Montana nursing license is only valid within Montana. For licensing information, visit the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.
Nursing Employment Outlook
Nursing Supply and Demand Projections
What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities
Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.
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