Montana Nurse Practitioner Certification
In Montana, NPs are called APRNs and are required to include the initials APRN in their title. Montana recognizes four types of APRNs: nurse anesthetist, NP, nurse–midwife, and CNS. The Montana State Board of Nursing regulates NPs and other APRNs.
Montana NPs provide primary and acute care in ambulatory, acute, and long-term care settings. They may practice as primary providers in areas such as family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, geriatrics, and Ob/Gyn (women’s health). NPs may diagnose patients and treat those who have already been diagnosed. They may provide care from the outset of illness, including comprehensive care. They may take medical histories, provide physical exams, order labs and other diagnostic tests and procedures, interpret diagnostic tests, treat patients, and establish management plans for caring for patients with acute and chronic illnesses or diseases. Montana NPs may be licensed to prescribe medications and equipment. They may also refer patients to other health experts and may receive third-party compensation. Nurse practitioners often advise patients about health promotion and the prevention of disease or illness.
In order to become an nurse practitioner in Montana, you must hold an active license as a RN in Montana. You must also graduate from an accredited master’s-level nursing program. You must select a specialty such as acute care, women’s health, pediatric care, adult care, or geriatric care. Some schools in Montana that offer programs for NPs are Montana State University and University of Montana.
In a state that is largely rural like Montana, many students elect to earn their degrees online because of the flexibility online programs offer for scheduling and location. State-approved online programs are offered by: Graceland University, Liberty University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, South University, University of Cincinnati, and others. Online NP programs deliver curriculum that is equivalent to campus-based teaching, and since clinic hours are required, clinical sites are arranged at locations that are convenient to students.
If you want to be able to prescribe medications, you will need to make sure that your graduate level coursework provides a minimum of the equivalent of three academic semester credit hours in pharmacology, pharmacotherapeutics, and the clinical management of drug therapy related to the your area of specialty. You must earn these credits within 3 years of your application to the Montana State Board of Nursing.
After completing your advanced practicing nursing degree and receiving your master’s degree, you will be eligible to take an exam in your chosen area of specialty from a national professional nurse certifying body. The state of Montana recognizes national certification examinations offered for a variety of specialties and given by AANP Certification Program. If you enter the field of pediatrics, you will take an exam offered by the PNCB.
Nurse practitioners in the state of Montana have an average salary of $89,000 per year, although salary rates vary based on experience, specialization, location, facility, education, and other factors.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014