Montana FNP Programs
We do not currently have any FNP programs in our directory in Montana, but those with a RN license can find a campus based MSN program at Montana State University.
Registered nurses in Montana seeking an Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree may enroll at Montana State University. This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE accreditation ensures that the program has been certified as offering an effective and high quality education that reflects current professional standards.
Online MSN Programs in Montana
Montana State University in Bozeman offers an Online Masters of Nursing with concentration in Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). The program requires 405 practice hours with 315 immersion hours in CNL practice, and prepares graduates to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Exam offered by the Commission on Nurse Certification. Completion options are available for students with either an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree.
NPs in Montana have full practice authority. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, full practice authority means that NPs are allowed to practice to their full scope without requirements for a written collaborative or supervisory relationship with a physician. This is considered to be an ideal practice environment.
MSN and FNP Salaries in Montana
According to data published in May 2018 by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a Nurse Practitioner in Montana was $103,510. This is significantly higher than the average RN salary of $67,450.
The workforce outlook for master’s educated nurses in Montana, particularly NPs, is excellent. According to a 2016 report from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, the labor market for nurses is tighter in Montana than in other states (ie, it is harder for employers to find qualified nurses to fill vacancies due to the low number of nurses in the state).
The Department noted that employers can increase their likelihood of filling vacancies by making compensation more competitive. According to a survey conducted by the Department, the three most well-compensated positions for master’s educated RNs in the state were APRNs, nurse faculty, and staff nurse positions.