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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.
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.
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:
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.