Montana Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2023
AKA: Montana NP License, APRN Licensure
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Follow the process below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Montana:
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Prospective NPs must hold a valid RN license to practice in Montana at the time of application for their APRN permit. These licenses are part of the board’s efforts to regulate the practice of nursing within the state and protect the interest of consumers. You can apply for an RN license by Examination or Endorsement.
If you recently graduated from a basic nursing program or have never been licensed as a nurse in the US, this is the recommended route of application for you.
Also known as RN by Endorsement, this is the application route for those who hold a valid RN license to practice in another state or territory in the US.
Take care to supply all the information required on the form except in places marked as optional. All applicants are mandated by law to take part in a fingerprint-based criminal background check. To this effect, your fingerprints are to be submitted to the Montana Department of Justice following the instructions on pages 11-13 here. Note that all fees are non-refundable and the submission of an application or payment of application fees does not guarantee the issuance of a license. The application can be completed online or by downloading the respective forms here.
Applicants for an APRN license to practice as an NP in Montana must hold at least a master’s degree from an accredited nurse practitioner preparatory program.
The program must prepare participants to take up an NP role serving a particular population focus. The program must include 250 hours of didactic instruction and 500 hours of preceptorship.
Your program must also be accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the USDE. NP preparatory programs should include diagnosis, continuity of care, disease prevention/wellness programs, collaboration with/referral to other healthcare providers, advanced health assessment, and others in their coursework.
If you will be applying for prescriptive authority, you are required to have covered at least 45 contact hours of pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, and the clinical management of drug therapy as it relates to your specialty and population focus.
Following your APN education, you must be certified by a recognized national certification agency.
These agencies are given the authority to evaluate the quality of your NP preparatory education. This is usually done with a certification examination where the basic knowledge and skills that will be required of you if you were to occupy an NP role will be tested. Hence, it is necessary to take a program accredited by the credentialing agency specific to your specialty area and population focus.
Note that there are different agencies for different specialty areas and population foci. You will be unable to get a license to practice as an NP in Montana without national certification. These are the recognized certification agencies for prospective NPs in Montana:
For an application fee of $75, the board takes applications for an APRN license to practice as an NP in Montana.
All applicants must hold a valid RN license to practice in Montana or a multistate RN license from one of the NLC member states.
Each applicant is responsible for requesting that a copy of their transcript be sent to the board by the institution where they had their APN education. The transcript must contain the type of degree issued and the date of issuance.
The board also requires proof of a valid national certification. You can request that such verification be sent to the board by your certifying agency. If your transcript does not include proof of preceptorship, you must request that such proof be sent separately to the board.
You can also apply for an APN license to practice in Montana if you have such a license in any other state. If it is from an NLC state, the procedure is more straightforward.
However, if you are applying by endorsement from a non-NLC state, you will need to apply for an RN license in Montana first or simultaneously. In this case, licensure verification will be required. Your license can be verified using Nursys. However, if your board of nursing does not report to Nursys, you must contact them regarding verification. Licenses held in Montana need not be verified.