Montana Nursing Schools

Explore Nursing in Montana

The demand for nurses in Montana is rapidly escalating. Across the state, nursing is expected to grow as a field by 33% in coming years.  Nurses with a bachelor’s degree or higher are in need in Montana and the state is intending to implement the Institute of Medicine’s proposition to increase the amount of baccalaureate prepared nurses to 80% by 2020. In urban settings such as Yellowstone and Missoula, there are a plethora of available jobs for registered nurses in hospitals. In less populated, rural areas, nurse practitioners and other advanced level nurses will have more opportunities than in cities. Other areas of opportunity in Montana are brought on by the Eastern Montana Telemedicine Network, which connects patients with healthcare personnel through video-conference consultations and offers services such as assistance with cardiology and neurology issues or surgery follow-ups. Some of the top employers of Montanan nurses include Saint Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center, Benefis Healthcare, and Saint Vincent Healthcare.

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About Montana

Montana is known as “The Treasure State”, or more commonly, “Big Sky Country”. The name of the state is derived from the Spanish word for mountain, montaña. This is a fitting name for the state with the slogan “Land of the Shining Mountains”. Over one-third of the state is covered in mountain ranges spanning from the Rocky Mountain chain. The remainder of the state is painted with river valleys, creeks, lakes, forests, and prairies. Outdoor activities are seemingly endless across the state and attractions like the Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument attract millions of tourists each year. The economy is thriving in Montana due to ranching, farming, oil and natural gas production, mining, tourism, and successful healthcare systems, just to name a few of the state’s prosperous attributes. The capital of Montana is Helena and the largest city is Billings. Around 66,000 Montanans are from Native American descent and the state has several reservations for various Native American tribes, although over 60% of Native American citizens reside off the reservations.

Change in nursing jobs in the future

2012

8,700

2020

12,060

$54,310

Avg. Salary

9

Number of nursing programs in state

19

Number of hospitals in state

6

Number of nursing schools in state

Nursing programs offered in Montana