Montana Nursing Certification and Licensing
Nursing Licensing in Montana
There are many careers that offer rewarding experiences to those that choose them, but nursing is one of the few that can take you around the world. The shortage of nurses globally has given rise to aggressive campaigns to entice active licensed nurses to travel the globe. Humanitarian efforts bring nurses from industrialized nations like the U.S. and U.K. to third world countries to offer support and care. In the U.S. nurses are in just as high a demand, if not more, as the population grows.
Montana Nursing Schools
You may choose from different degrees of nursing. The most basic license is the LPN or Licensed Practical Nurse. Some states refer to this as Licensed Vocational Nurse or LVN. The course, for this license, is about one year. Moving upward is the Registered Nurse, both ASN (associate's) and BSN (bachelor's). An ASN will take around two years and the BSN takes four. These times may lengthen if you choose part time classes or if you are bridging from LPN to RN, you may be able to take what is known as a Fast Track course. These courses are not offered by every school and you will need to check with your preferred school if you'd like to try a fast track program.
Montana Licensing Requirements
The National Licensure Examination is a standardized computer test that is given in all 50 states. The test allows test takers to answer a minimum of 75 questions before the test ends. A passing grade does not depend on the number of questions you answer (which can reach over 200), but on the accuracy and difficulty of the questions you are able to answer. It is possible to receive a passing grade by only answering the bare minimum of 75 questions. When you go to take your exam you will need identification (photo ID) and the payment for testing. If you receive a passing grade on your NCLEX, you will be issued a nursing license. While the time it takes to reach your home can take up to six weeks, some nurses have reported receiving theirs in as little as two. Failure to pass will result in non-issue, but you may try the test again at a later date.
Montana Licensing Renewal
Montana nurses must renew their license every twenty four months. The fees are subject to change and will be listed in the notification you receive from the board of nursing about one month before your renewal is due.