Montana LPN Programs

Directory of state-approved LPN training classes


Montana Practical Nursing (LPN) Careers

The License Practice Nurse or LPN career path is an affordable and relatively quick health care position to acquire. LPN training and state certification can be completed in approximately one year.

An LPN takes care of the sick, injured or convalescent in hospitals, nursing homes and medical treatment centers. The LPNs responsibility is to deliver the best quality of care possible to the patients under their watch. An LPN must always work under the direction of a Doctor or Registered Nurse. Sometimes an LPN might supervise Nursing Assistants (CNAs) most likely in a nursing facility setting.


With relatively few barriers to entry, this profession is accessible to many people and provides above-average salary and benefits given the short period of training. LPN classes can be found at many local community colleges and this reduces the cost of tuition compared to an RN program at a four-year college.

While practical nurses have been around for a long time, this position is expected to experience continued growth into the next decade and beyond. LPNs fill many positions in US hospitals which are experiencing over-crowding and excessive demand right now. When it comes to salary, the average LPN in Montana earns about $45,00/year.

To be authorized to practice as an LPN in the State of Montana you will need to fulfill the requirements of the State Board of Nursing. To begin, individuals must complete a state approved Practical Nurse training program and then pass a state sponsored practical nurse licensing exam. The NCLEX-PN exam is computer based and covers 4 subject areas: (1) Safe Effective Care Environment, (2) Health Promotion and Maintenance, (3) Psychosocial Integrity, and (4) Physiological Integrity.

To be an effective LPN, the individual must have a caring and sympathetic disposition, willingness and desire to take care of the injured, disabled or elderly, ability to handle stress and work in a fast-paced environment. With a dynamic and changing healthcare industry, LPNs have great opportunities to develop solid careers, earn strong salaries and continue their professional growth and development. The LPN position offers people the ability to perform a very meaningful role in the health care sector with minimal education requirements. If the LPN later decides to pursue an ADN, BSN or MSN degree there are many programs available to choose from.


List of LPN Programs in Montana (MT)

Flathead Valley Community College

777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 756-3997

Montana State University-Billings, COT

3803 Central Ave
Billings, MT 59102
Phone: (406) 247-3073

Montana State University-Great Falls, COT

2100 16th Ave South
Great Falls, MT 59405
Phone: (406) 771-4362

University of Montana Helena, COT

1115 North Roberts Street
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-6890

University of Montana – Missoula, COT

909 South Avenue West
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: (406) 243-7875


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Montana LPN Schools

Our directory lists all Montana schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The Montana state board of nursing is the regulatory organization in charge of approving LPN education programs. To gain approval, educational institutions must demonstrate to the board of nursing that their program sufficiently prepares students with the knowledge and skills expected of a licensed practical nurse. The on-going approval of a program depends largely upon their graduation rates and the NCLEX pass rates of their graduates. If a program starts to produce poor results in either of these two categories they can quickly lose their state approval or be placed on probationary approval status until their results improve.

Required LPN Classes in Montana

The specific course work required in practical nursing programs can differ from institution to institution. However, there are some subjects that are almost always included in most programs. Typical LPN classes include Anatomy & Physiology, Basic Nursing Skills, Nutrition, Math for Nurses, Psychology and Pharmacology. Topics covered within these subjects prepare students with the knowledge base required to perform the work of a licensed practical nurse.

How to Become an LPN in Montana

Start the process by researching available education programs to find one that suits your schedule and preferences. The next step is to enroll and complete an LPN training program that is approved by the Montana Board of Nursing. Most LPN programs take roughly one year to finish. Upon successful completion of all course requirements you are eligible to challenge the NCLEX-PN exam. After passing the test you can register with the state of Montana as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.

Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in Montana

When it comes time to challenge the practical nursing license exam it is advisable to prepare for the exam with a self-study program or classroom prep course. Knowing what to expect on the actual test and completing practice questions can increase your chances of passing. When you feel ready to take the test, apply for your practical nursing license with the Montana state board of nursing and register with Pearson VUE. There is a $200 fee required in order to register for the exam. The next step is to wait until you receive confirmation of your Authorization to Test (ATT). Once you receive your ATT you can schedule your NCLEX exam with Pearson VUE at a nearby testing center.

LPN Quick Reference Links

Montana Board of Nursing
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Pearson VUE – Official NCLEX Testing Provider
LPN/LVN Career Outlook – US Dept of Labor
Licensed Practical Nurse Wiki
National Association for Practical Nurse Education & Service (NAPNES)
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses