Requirements for Montana APRN License

What are the requirements to become an licensed nurse in Montana?

Nursing in Montana is regulated by the Montana Board of Nursing (MBN). You must be licensed by the MBN to practice nursing in Montana.

To become a Registered Nurse (RN) in Montana, applicants must complete an approved nursing program, pass the National Council Licensing Examination for Nursing, and have a valid U.S. Social Security Number. There are no experience requirements to be a RN.

How do you get a Montana RN license?

Submit the Application for Licensure by Examination to the Montana Board of Nursing (MBN) with the fee. You must also make sure your educational institution sends your official transcripts to the MBN and register with the test provider, Pearson Vue. First-time exam takers may elect to apply for a temporary permit. You have three years and five attempts to pass the exam.

Submit your application to:

Montana Board of Nursing
PO Box 200513
301 South Park, 4th Floor
Helena, Montana 59620-0513
Phone: (406) 444-5711
Fax: (406) 841-2305

How much does a Montana registered nurse license cost?

Licensure by examination will cost:

If you choose to apply for a temporary permit, it will cost an additional:

Biennial renewal fee:

Are there any continuing education requirements for Montana RNs?

RNs must complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years.

Who can become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Montana?

Becoming an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Montana can open up so many opportunities for RNs. If you obtain your APRN license in Montana and specialize in your desired area, you can become a nurse midwife, practitioner, or anesthetist. To apply for your APRN license, you must have a master’s degree from an accredited nursing education program, maintain an active RN license, and provide proof of national APRN certification.

How do you get a Montana APRN license?

Submit the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Application to the Montana Board of Nursing MBN. Include evidence of your experience and training and a copy of national certification. You must also have your official transcripts sent to the board.
Submit your application and materials to the Montana Board of Nursing.

How much does a Montana nurse APRN license cost?

Application fee for each specialty area: $75.00
Biennial renewal fee: $50.00

Are there any continuing education requirements for Montana APRNs?

APRNs must complete a minimum of 24 contact hours during each two year renewal period.
Twelve of these contact hours must be in pharmacology, pharmacotherapeutics or clinical management of drug therapy to maintain prescriptive authority.

Are there other licenses that I need to be a midwife or nurse practitioner?

You need to be a licensed Registered Nurse (RN) to practice as an APRN.
If you want to prescribe medication, you must apply for prescriptive authority as an APRN. Nurse midwives, anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and practitioners are eligible for prescriptive authority. To qualify, you must complete a graduate level course in pharmacology, phamacotherapeutics, and the clinical management of drug therapy related to your specialty. Submit the Application for Prescriptive Authority, necessary documents, and the $100.00 fee to the MBN.

Should I form my own APRN business in Montana?

Starting your Advanced Practice Registered Nurse business in Montana can be so easy.

Does a Montana APRN need to form a certain type of business entity?

In addition to becoming a Montana licensed APRN, you may want to start your own APRN practice. Registering your Montana business entity with the Secretary of State offers many benefits and protections for APRNs. Montana allows APRNs to choose the entity that best suits their needs. APRNs may form standard partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, etc. APRNs may also create professional corporations (PC) and professional limited liability companies (PLLC). These professional entities allow licensed individuals to form a corporation or LLC for the purpose of practicing their profession. Shareholders must also be licensed to render the service as must half of the officers and directors. Montana does not require entities to include a description of the service (such as the word “APRN”) in the business name. If you choose to form a PC in Montana, you are required to file the Articles of Incorporation with the licensing authority, in this case, the Montana Board of Nursing.

Once you have chosen the type of entity you want to form, we can file the appropriate documents with the Montana Secretary of State for you or provide all the information you need to do it yourself. We provide business formation services and ongoing business compliance services by acting as your registered agent for just under $300.00. You get your Montana APRN License, and we will properly form your Montana business. And for just $49 per year, we will provide ongoing business compliance services by acting as your Montana Registered Agent.

MBN forms

Montana SOS forms