Montana is a large state, low in population, and filled with rural areas. This often makes attending class in a university difficult. Do not panic; however, because there are more nursing programs available than one might think in the state of Montana. Montana's nursing programs build on knowledge already obtained when working in the nursing field. The programs are designed to expand a nurse's education to meet the diverse needs of the rural Montana population. One university was awarded a grant for more that a million dollars from the Department of Heath and Human Services. The grant money will be used to begin the Literacy Empowerment Advances and the Diversity of Rural Nurses (LEAD).

In our Montana RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Montana RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of Montana, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Montana RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 7 6
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 82.19% 86.17%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 71.98% to 95.41% 73.91% to 96.96%
Average Net Price $10,439.00 $15,151.33
Average Net Price Range $6,927.00 to $12,363.00 $11,622.00 to $23,762.00
Average Student Loan $11,265.57 $15,671.50
Average Student Loan Range $7,532.00 to $18,250.00 $7,532.00 to $23,384.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in Montana

Best Ranked RN Programs in MontanaTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Montana and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 5 ADN degree programs and 5 BSN degree programs in Montana. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Montana to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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100.00 ADN Helena College University of Montana 1 1 Helena

Helena College – University of Montana is located in Helena, Montana.  Their program admits 16 student each fall and spring – 8 of which are regular RN cohorts and 8 off which are LPN to BSN pathway cohorts.

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87.55 ADN Flathead Valley Community College 2 385 Kalispell

Flathead Valley Community College is located in Kalispell, Montana.  FVCC offers both LPN and RN programs.  Their nursing program is developed so that LPNs may gain entrance into their RN program; in fact, their RN program requires an LPN degree for entrance.  FVCC also has partnerships with local universities so that graduates may earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing after graduation.

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78.16 ADN Salish Kootenai College 3 624 Pablo Private Not-For-Profit Campus ACEN See School Details
73.70 ADN Montana State University-Northern 4 671 Havre

Montana State University – Northern is located in Havre, Montana.  They offer an ASN degree and an RN to BSN degree.  Formats for their degrees are varied.  The ASN degree is typically face-to-face, whereas the RN to BSN is online, with clinical portions offered in the student’s geographical location.

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58.89 ADN Miles Community College 5 721 Miles City Public Campus ACEN See School Details
98.20 BSN Montana Tech of the University of Montana 1 16 Butte

Montana Tech is located in Butte, Montana.  They offer two BSN programs – a pre-licensure and a post-licensure.  The pre-licensure program is for students without a prior degree.  The post-licensure program is for students with a prior RN degree.  Montana Tech’s nursing program is the first four-year nursing program to be approved by Montana in the past 78 years.

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89.41 BSN Montana State University 2 286 Bozeman

Montana State University is located in Bozeman, Montana.  Their nursing department is proud to boast that it is the only one in he state to offer master’s degree in nursing.  It is also the oldest state-support institution offering nursing education in Montana; it has been offering its BSN program since 1937.

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88.65 BSN Carroll College 3 303 Helena

Carroll College is located in Helena, Montana.  Carroll College has a BSN program.  They do offer a select few pre Direct Entry nursing students in their freshman year of college.  They also will accept transfer nursing students if their is space.  Their program is unique in that clinical experiences begin in the second year of the program as opposed to the third year.

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78.16 BSN Salish Kootenai College 4 486 Pablo Private Not-For-Profit Campus ACEN See School Details
73.70 BSN Montana State University-Northern 5 509 Havre

Montana State University – Northern is located in Havre, Montana.  They offer an ASN degree and an RN to BSN degree.  Formats for their degrees are varied.  The ASN degree is typically face-to-face, whereas the RN to BSN is online, with clinical portions offered in the student’s geographical location.

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