Montana DNP Programs

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Montana DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is fairly new to the state of Montana. Currently, there is only one DNP program, and it is at the University of Montana. More colleges and universities are likely to begin offering this degree in the future, as the AACN is pushing to move from master's to doctoral level degree as the minimum degree required for advanced practice certification.

The mission of the Montana State University-Bozeman DNP program is to educate nurses to the highest standards and to improve the quality of care in Montana and beyond.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The University of Montana offers a post-bachelor's and post-master's entry-point. The post-BSN program can be completed in three or four years, and students can choose either the Family/Individual or Psych Mental Health track. Both consist of 83 credit hours and 1125 clinical hours. The post-MSN curriculum consists of 41 credit hours and 405 clinical hours.

Admission Requirements

The DNP program at Montana State University-Bozeman prefers that applicants have one year of clinical experience, regardless of the specialization chosen. Applicants are required to be competent with the use of computers. In addition, the following requirements must be met for admission:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Degree from an accredited program
  • Successful completion of a course in physical assessment
  • Current Unencumbered License
  • Favorable recommendation from the College of Nursing admissions committee
  • Passing Score on TOEFL, if English is not the applicant's first language


Tuition at the Montana State University-Bozeman is estimated at $370 per credit for residents and $925 per credit for non-residents. The cost for a semester of 12 credits or more is about $3,900 for residents and about $10,500 for non-residents.

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301 South Park
PO Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Phone: (406) 841-2340
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Montana Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (MT)

As of May 28, 2010, the state of Montana does not currently offer a DNP degree program at any of their local colleges or universities. If you are a nurse seeking DNP certification, NurseGroups recommends that you research your distance learning/ online program options.

See the online DNP program section of this article for a link to one such program.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Montana DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Online DNP Programs for Montana Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Montana, more and more Montana higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Montana DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Montana, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there is strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Montana educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Montana Board of Nursing to find out more about how Montana recognizes DNPs.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Montana to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Montana nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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