Board Information

Welcome to the Montana Board of Nursing


*Potential Board of Nursing Scam Alert*

Recently, the Department of Labor and Industry was notified of a licensee being contacted by someone projecting to be calling from the Board of Nursing, demanding to speak to the licensee urgently regarding a Board investigation of their license.  Please be aware the Board will never let a licensee know of an investigation in this manner.  If you want to verify contact by someone reaching out from the Board or the Department of Labor and Industry, please call 406-841-2300.  If you are contacted by someone stating they are from the Board of Nursing or the Department of Labor and Industry but you have not received written communication indicating this, please report the contact to your local law enforcement officials.


COVID-19 related notes:

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Montana, all Montana Department of Labor & Industry offices are closed to the public to protect the health and safety of our clients and staff.  Our services are available through remote delivery.  We are available to assist customers through our online public portal at EBIZ.MT.GOV/POL (Professional and Occupational Licenses) and EBIZ.MT.GOV (for Permits). For other services, please contact us via email at DLIBSDWEBHELP@MT.GOV or by phone (406) 841-2300.

Click here for information regarding the COVID-19 Emergency Healthcare Registration

Prescribing and Dispensing Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

The Montana Board of Nursing is pleased to share with you the licensing and regulatory information for Montana nursing and medication aide licensees. You can also access the schedule of the Board of Nursing meetings, view frequently asked questions, and apply for appointment to the Board.

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)

Effective Oct 1, 2015, Montana joined the NLC (Nurse Licensure Compact) allowing all MT unencumbered licensees with a primary residence of MT to be eligible for a multi-state license. MT Licensees with a primary state of residence in a non-compact state will continue to hold a single state MT license. MT licensees with a primary state of residence in a compact state, can use their compact license to practice in MT. To see the status of a licensee, go to  NURSYS look-up system: www.nursys.com (Quick Confirm). For more information about the NLC go to www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-compact.  The NLC was enhanced effective 1/19/2018.

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in contacting the Montana Board of Nursing.

 

If you are already licensed, have applied for a license, are about to apply for a license, or are renewing your license from the Board of Nursing:

Professional Licensing Customer Service:

(406) 444-6880

DLIBSDHELP@MT.GOV

 

If you have scope of practice questions or comments for the Board of Nursing:

Missy Poortenga, Executive Officer

(406) 841-2380

NURSE@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about continuing education:

(406) 444-5696

AUDIT@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about filing a complaint against a licensee:

(406) 841-2312

DLIBSDCOMPLAINTS@MT.GOV


Mailing Address:

Board of Nursing

PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

 

Physical Address:

Board of Nursing

301 S. Park Avenue

4th Floor

Helena, MT 59620

Board Events

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings 

Effective October 20, 2012 the official minutes are a recording of the meeting.  To listen to meeting discussions:

  • Open the time-stamped Agenda.  (Please note: Once the time-stamped, written Minutes are approved by the Board, they will replace the posted Agenda).   
  • Review the Agenda for the discussion topics you are interested in.
  • Open the Minutes (recording/audio file). 
  • After the audio file fully loads, move the slider bar to go to the time of the discussion and listen. 

The Board of Nursing schedules meetings quarterly to discuss Board Business and items of interest. Quarterly Board meetings are held in open form, and the public is encouraged to attend. The agenda for the meeting is posted online at least one week prior to the meeting. If you would like to request that an item be placed on a Board agenda, please contact the board at nurse@mt.gov.

The Screening Panel meets every 6 weeks to review complaints made to the Board. These meetings are generally not held in open forum and are closed to the public. If you would like further information regarding Screening Panel meetings, please contact the compliance department at (406) 841-2238 or dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov.


 

Board Members

Nine individuals are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation to serve on the Board of Nursing. Montana law requires that board members must include: five RNs - with one RN also licensed as an APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse), two LPNs, and two public members. Members serve staggered 4 year terms and may not be appointed for more than two consecutive terms.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at nurse@mt.gov. In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, visit  Office of the Governor - Boards

Sharon Sweeney Fee, RN, President, Livingston
Sandy Sacry, RN, Whitehall
Sarah Spangler, RN, Havre
Leesha Ford, RN, Bozeman
Lisa Stricker, APRN, Billings
D. Yolonda Schulz, LPN, Deer Lodge
Shari Brownback, LPN, Helena
Deb Johnson, Public Member, Helena
Tom Glover, Public Member, Great Falls

 

 

Newsletters

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Board of Nursing

Montana requires individuals engaged in the practice of nursing to be licensed. Individuals apply to the Montana Board of Nursing for licensure. The Board evaluates the applicant’s fitness to practice and assures the basic requirements are met.

Applicants applying for a nursing license must meet the educational and testing requirements set by Montana law or in administrative rule.

Questions about your application? Call (406) 444-6880 and speak to one of our Customer Service team about your application.

Fingerprint Background Check:
Effective Oct 1, 2015, fingerprint background checks are required for new applications for licensure as: Registered Nurse (RN), Practical Nurse (LPN), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Medication Aide I and II. Please review the application instructions for the fingerprint background check process Fingerprint Instructions.  On March 1, 2019, the fee to submit to the Montana Department of Justice will be increasing to $30.  All cards submitted on or after this date will require a $30 check (not $27.25).

Please note: If you currently hold an RN/LPN license with a Multistate privilege in a Compact state, you do not need a license in Montana to practice. If you are changing your primary state of residence to Montana, you will need to apply for a license in Montana.

Lookup a Licensee: Learn who is licensed as a nurse in Montana through the use of the national nursing database Nursys.com (Quick Confirm).

LPN

License by Credentialing - If you have an active Nursing license from another state.  Credentialing is also referred to as Endorsement in the Board of Nursing rules.

Checklist for License by Credentialing


License by Examination -   If you are a Nursing graduate and not licensed in other states.

Checklist for License by Examination

 

You are required to pay an additional fee to take the NCLEX-PN.

NCLEX Testing Accommodations: To request NCLEX testing accommodations, Process for Testing Accommodations 

 

Please note: If you currently hold an LPN license with a Multistate privilege in a Compact state, you do not need a license in Montana to practice. If you are changing your primary state of residence to Montana, you will need to apply for a license in Montana.

 

Renewal Period: Occurs every other year.  If you are an "odd" licensee, your license must be renewed by December 31st of odd numbered years, if you are an "even" licensee, your license must be renewed by December 31st of even numbered years. Renewal applications post marked or submitted online after this date are subject to additional fees.

 

Renewal Fee: $100.00

 

Continuing Education Requirements: 24 contact hours of continuing education every two years due by the time of license renewal. A random audit of licensees will be performed.


 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RN

License by Credentialing if you have an active Nursing license from another state.  Also referred to as ENDORSEMENT in the Board of Nursing rules.

Checklist for License by Credentialing

License by Examination -  If you are a Nursing graduate and not licensed in other states.

Checklist for License by Examination

You are required to pay an additional fee to take the NCLEX-RN

NCLEX Testing Accommodations: To request NCLEX testing accommodations, Process to Request Accommodations 

Please note: If you currently hold an RN license with a Multistate privilege in a Compact state, you do not need a license in Montana to practice. If you are changing your primary state of residence to Montana, you will need to apply for a license in Montana.

Internationally educated nurses: If you do not hold a license in another US state, you will need to submit a credential evaluation service report from CGFNS or Josef Silny & Associates.  At this time, the Montana Board of Nursing is not accepting credential evaluations from any other credential review agency.  We will update our website if and when this changes.

Renewal Period: Occurs every other year.  If you are an "odd" licensee, your license must be renewed by December 31st of odd numbered years, if you are an "even" licensee, your license must be renewed by December 31st of even numbered years. Renewal applications post marked or submitted online after this date are subject to additional fees.

Renewal Fee: $100.00

Continuing Education Requirements: 24 contact hours of continuing education every two years due by the time of license renewal. A random audit of licensees will be performed.


 

APRN

 

The following outlines Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application which includes instructions. 

Checklist for APRN license

  • Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

For a current list of APRN National Certifying Bodies.

Renewal Period: Occurs every other year.  If you are an "odd" licensee, your license must be renewed by December 31st of odd numbered years, if you are an "even" licensee, your license must be renewed by December 31st of even numbered years. Renewal applications post marked or submitted online after this date are subject to additional fees.

Renewal Fee: $50.00 per APRN certification type.

Adding a Certification: $75.00 per additional APRN certification; only for adding a certification to an existing Montana APRN license.  Complete this application and mail in with required information.

Continuing Education: Must complete 24 contact hours of continuing education during each 2 year license renewal period.  A random audit of licensees will be performed.  (See rule 24.159.1469).

 

Prescriptive Authority

The following outlines the Prescriptive Authority endorsement process for adding prescriptive authority to an existing Montana APRN license. For specific information on filing out an application, you will need to obtain the application which includes instructions.

  • Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

 

  1. Application Fee: $100.00
  2. Initial Licensure Requirements: (See rule 24.159.1463)
  3. Possess a current Montana RN license with an APRN specialty endorsement application, or applying for an APRN endorsement.
  4. If you have graduated from an accredited program in the last 5 years, submit:
    1. Evidence of successful completion of a graduate level course of three semester credits in advanced pharmacology that includes instruction in pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.
    2. Evidence of successful completion of a graduate level course that includes differential diagnosis/disease management.
    3. Evidence of supervised clinical practice that integrates pharmacologic intervention with patient management.
  5. If you have graduated from an accredited program more than 5 years ago, must complete: either a graduate level course of three semester credits or 45 contact hours of continuing education that includes instruction in pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.
  6. Licensure by Credentialing Requirements: (If you have a prescriptive authority license in another state. Also referred to as ENDORSEMENT in the Board of Nursing rules. See rule 24.159.1418.)
    1. Possess a current Montana RN license, or must submit an RN application with your APRN application.
    2. The applicant is responsible for including evidence of a current unencumbered APRN license with prescriptive authority in another board jurisdiction. (Use the License Verification form).
  7. Renewal Period: All Montana nursing licenses renew December 31st of even numbered years. Renewal applications post marked or submitted online after this date are subject to additional fees.
  8. Renewal Fee: $75.00
  9. Continuing Education: (See rule 24.159.1468)
    1. Must complete 12 contact hours of continuing education during each 2 year license renewal period in pharmacology, pharmacotherapeutics, and/or clinical management of drug therapy.
    2. The prescriptive authority contact hours can be used to satisfy 12 of the required 24 contact hours to renew the general APRN license.

Medication Aide I - Licensed

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application which includes instructions.

Ckecklist for Med Aide I application

Examination Information:  The applicant must successfully pass a Board approved Medication Aide I examination within 12 months of completion of the Medication Aide I training program.  

Renewal Period:  All Montana Medication Aide I licenses renew March 31st yearly.  Renewal applications post marked or submitted online after this date are subject to additional fees.

Renewal Fee: $20.00

Continuing Education Requirements: None.

Medication Aide II - Licensed

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application which includes instructions.

Checklist for Med Aide II application
 

Examination Information: The applicant must successfully pass a Board approved Medication Aide II examination at 80% or above.  

Renewal Period: All Montana Medication Aide II licenses renew March 31st yearly.  Renewal applications post marked or submitted online after this date are subject to additional fees.
 

Renewal Fee: $20.00
 

Continuing Education Requirements: Must complete 12 contact hours of continuing education each annual license renewal period.  The continuing education must be in pharmacology and medication administration.  (See rule 24.159.912).

Medication Aide I Instructor

Medication Aide I Program

NURSYS

NURSYS.com is a national Nurse Licensure Data Source which can be used to view information on licensed nurses in any state including Montana.
 
Licensure QuickConfirm provides online license lookup reports to employers and the general public.

Primary source equivalent: The NURSYS licensure and disciplinary database is the repository of the data provided directly from Montana State Board of Nursing and is primary source equivalent.

What information will I receive in the Licensure QuickConfirm Report?

Employers and the general public can obtain online license lookup reports through Licensure QuickConfirm. It provides:

  • Nurse's Name
  • Licensed Jurisdiction
  • License Type
  • License Number
  • Compact Status (Single State, Multistate, N/A; Not Applicable for Non-Compact States)
  • If License is Active
  • License Original Issue Date
  • License Expiration Date
  • Discipline Against License
  • Discipline Against Privilege to Practice
  • Discipline Board Order if Provided by the Jurisdiction

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Regulations

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to nursing and medication aides are written and adopted by the Board of Nursing. The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process. The Board of Nursing continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

Rules Notices are published on the webpage to read the proposed changes before these are adopted and to note when the changes are officially adopted. These notices also give the history and reasoning of the changes. 

Statutes

  • Title 37 - Professions and Occupations (applies to all professions and licensing boards, not just nursing)

  • Chapter 1 - General Provisions (applies to all professions and licensing boards,not just nursing)

  • Title 37 Chapter 2 - General Provisions Relating To Health Care Practitioners

  • Title 2 Chapter 15 Part 17 - Board of Nursing (defines the makeup of the board)

  • Title 37 Chapter 8 - Nursing (specific to nursing, good place to review nursing scope and authority of the board)

Administrative Rules

Rules Notices

Click here to find rules notices older than one year at the Montana Secretary of State website.


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-308

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.417 registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT (published May 29, 2020)

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT (effective July 25, 2020)

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER MAR 24-159-91

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.670 curriculum goals and general requirements for programs

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT

Posted on April 14, 2020

NOTICE OF ADOPTION

Effective May 30, 2020

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-88

In the matter of the adoption of New Rule I pertaining to use of clinical resource licensed practical nurses

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-87

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.301 definitions, 24.159.403 nonroutine applications, 24.159.606 educational facilities for programs, 24.159.612 program annual report, 24.159.655 program faculty, 24.159.670 curriculum goals and general requirements for programs, 24.159.1037 and 24.159.1237 renewals, 24.159.2020 alternative monitoring track, 24.159.2102 biennial continuing education requirements, 24.159.2106 auditing of contact hours

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-86

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.413 renewal dates

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-85

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.501 definitions, the adoption of New Rule I enhanced nurse licensure compact rules, and the repeal of ARM 24.159.504 issuance of a license by a compact state, 24.159.507 limitations on multistate licensure privilege - discipline, and 24.159.510 information system

Compact Rules Notices

Notice of Proposed Rule Rulemaking

Please review the document linked above for proposed rule changes and additions to the Nurse Licensure Compact rules.

Public comment may be submitted through May 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM CST at this link.

Complaint Information

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry and Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards are charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. To learn more about the complaint process or to file a complaint, please visit our Complaint Information page.

How to File a Complaint

Continuing Education

Board of Nursing Online Education Modules

Earn free contact hours online at your own pace while learning about the MT Board of Nursing statutes, administrative rules, complaint and discipline process, delegation and more. 

Visit the Montana Board of Nursing Teachable Modules to obtain contact hours on the following topics (please note that these work best in the Google Chrome browser)

 

-          Montana Board of Nursing: Role of the Board (1.5 contact hours)

-          Montana Board of Nursing: Delegation (1.5 contact hours)

-          Montana Board of Nursing: What happens when a Complaint is Filed to the Board? (2.5 contact hours)

-          Montana Board of Nursing: Nurse Licensure Compact (1.5 contact hours)

-          Montana Board of Nursing: Licensing Process (2.0 contact hours)

-          Montana Board of Nursing: Substance Use Disorder (2.0 contact hours)

-          Montana Board of Nursing: Scope of Practice for LPNs and RNs (2.0 contact hours)

 -          Montana Board of Nursing: Ethics (2.0 contact hours)

No conflict of interest has been identified for anyone with the ability to control the content of these modules.

 

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

 

Expiration date of contact hour approval: 7/31/2022

 

Criteria for successful completion:  learner must attend the entire activity and submit completed evaluation form for each module to earn individual module’s contact hours.


Continuing Education Rules

Renewals and Continuing Education Administrative Rules for Nurses

Continuing Education FAQs


FAQ

 

No. The Board of Nursing does not require that you change your name. 

To change your name: Click on  Forms on the left-hand menu, choose Name Change Form from the choices on the left, complete the Name Change Request Form, save or print the form. Submit your request either by email to DLIBSDHELP@mt.gov, by mail to: Montana Board of Nursing, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513, or fax your request to 406-841-2305. Include one of the following with your request: a copy of your social security card or drivers license reflecting your new name, or a copy of the legal document changing your name (marriage license, divorce decree, etc).