Board Information

Welcome to the Montana Board of Nursing

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 

For information on the new eNLC go to www.ncsbn.org/enhanced-nlc-implementation.  The Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators (ICNLCA) will hold a hearing on proposed rules via teleconference at 2:00 P.M. (Central Standard Time) on December 8, 2017:  eNLC Proposed Rules Notice

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 Online Modules MT Board of Nursing

Contact Information

General Questions or Comments for the Board
Phone: (406) 841-2300
Email:

For information on applications and licensing:
Phone: (406) 444-5711
Email:

For information on renewals, license verifications, and name changes:
Phone: (406) 444-6880
Email:

For information on continuing education:
Phone: (406) 841-2380
Email:

Heidi Kaufman, Compliance Specialist
Phone: (406) 841-2238
Email:

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

N. Gregory Kohn, Public Member, President, Billings
Sandy Sacry, RN, Whitehall
Laureli Scribner, APRN, Roundup
Joyce Dombrouski, RN, Missoula
Sharon Sweeney Fee, RN, Livingston
Lanette Perkins, RN, Helena
D. Yolonda Schulz, LPN, Deer Lodge
Shari Brownback, LPN, Helena
Tom Glover, Public Member, Great Falls

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 406-444-5711

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.

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.

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

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.

LPN by Credentialing (Endorsement)

Application Fee: Licensure by Credentialing $200.00

Licensure Requirements: (See applications or regulations for more details)

  1. Successful completion of an approved nursing program.
  2. Successful completion of a Board recognized licensure examination or NCLEX-PN.
  3. Fingerprint background checks are required for new applications for licensure. Please review the application instructions for the fingerprint background check process.
  4. Proof of licensure from the applicant’s original state of licensure.
  5. Proof of licensure from all jurisdictions where the applicant has held a professional license.
  6. It is critical to your licensure to not withhold any information regarding each question on the application.

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.

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.

LPN by Examination

Application Fee: Licensure by Examination $100.00
Please note: You are required to pay an additional fee to take the NCLEX-PN.

Licensure Requirements: (See applications or regulations for more details)
  1. Successful completion of an approved nursing program.
  2. Successful completion of a Board recognized licensure examination.
  3. Fingerprint background checks are required for new applications for licensure. Please review the application instructions for the fingerprint background check process.
  4. It is critical to your licensre to not withhold any information regarding each question on the application.
Internationally Educated Applicants:
  1. Results of a credentials review by a credentials review agency or another board of nursing that verifies the equivalency of the international LPN education program to LPN education programs in the United States sent directly to the Board office.
  2. Refer to Board of Nursing rules 24.159.1029 to further clarify requirements.

Examination Information:  The applicant is required to pass the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s NCLEX-PN exam.  Once the board office receives official notification that the applicant passed the exam, they will be issued a PN license.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

RN by Credentialing (Endorsement)

Application Fee: Licensure by Credentialing $200.00

Licensure Requirements: (See applications or regulations for more details)

  1. Successful completion of an approved nursing program.
  2. Successful completion of a Board recognized licensure examination or NCLEX-RN.
  3. Fingerprint background checks are required for new applications for licensure. Please review the application instructions for the fingerprint background check process.
  4. Proof of licensure from the applicant’s original state of licensure.
  5. Proof of licensure from all jurisdictions where the applicant has held a professional license.
  6. It is critical to your licensure to not withhold any information regarding each question on the application.

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.

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 by Examination

Application Fee: Licensure by Examination $100.00
Please note: You are required to pay an additional fee to take the NCLEX-RN.

Licensure Requirements: (See applications or regulations for more details)

  1. Successful completion of an approved nursing program.
  2. Successful completion of a Board recognized licensure examination.
  3. Fingerprint background checks are required for new applications for licensure. Please review the application instructions for the fingerprint background check process.
  4. It is critical to your licensre to not withhold any information regarding each question on the application.

 Internationally Educated Applicants:

  1. Results of a credentials review by a credentials review agency or another board of nursing that verifies the equivalency of the international RN education program to RN education programs in the United States sent directly to the Board office.
  2. Refer to Board of Nursing rules 24.159.1229 to further clarify requirements.

Examination Information:  The applicant is required to pass the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s NCLEX RN exam. Once the board office receives official notification that the applicant passed the exam, they will be issued a RN license.

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.

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.

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

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. Note: A separate application is needed for Prescriptive Authority.

  • Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Application Fee:$75.00 per APRN certification type.
 

Initial Licensure Requirements: (See rule 24.159.1412)
 

  1. Possess a current Montana RN license, or a current RN license from another Nurse Licensure Compact state, or must submit an RN application with your APRN application.
  2. Ensure that the official transcript, with degree awarded and date degree was conferred, is sent from the advanced nursing educational program directly to the Montana Board of Nursing.
  3. Ensure evidence of preceptorship is sent from the educational institution directly to the Montana Board of Nursing if a course is not on your transcript.
  4. Provide proof of current national certification in the APRN role and population focus, congruent with education preparation.  For a current list of APRN National Certifying Bodies.
  5. Fingerprint background checks are required for new applications for licensure. Please review the application instructions for the fingerprint background check process.
 
Licensure by Credentialing Requirements: (If you have an APRN 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 a current RN license from anther Nurse Licensure Compact state, or must submit an RN application with your APRN application.
  2. Ensure that the official transcript, with degree awarded and date degree was conferred, is sent from the advanced nursing educational program directly to the Montana Board of Nursing.
  3. The applicant is responsible for requesting official verification of APRN licensure status from all jurisdictions for the preceding 2 years.  (Use the License Verification form).
  4. Provide verification of current national certification in APRN role and population focus.  For a current list  APRN National Certifying Bodies.
  5. Fingerprint background checks are required for new applications for licensure. Please review the application instructions for the fingerprint background check process.
 
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.
 
Renewal Fee: $50.00 per APRN certification type.
 

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 Prescriptive Authority licensing information. For specific information on filing 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.

  1. Application Fee:  $25.00
     
  2. Licensure Requirements:  
  • Applicant is at least 18 years of age.
  • Has a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Successfully passed a board specified Medication Aide I program or hold an unencumbered certification or license from another US state or jurisdiction to administer medications.
  • Successfully passed a Board approved Medication Aide I examination.
  • Fingerprint background checks are required for new applications for licensure. Please review the application instructions for the fingerprint background check process.
  1. Experience Requirements: None.
  2. 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.  For additional information regarding the examination and proctoring fees, you may contact the testing proctor at Headmaster.
  3. 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.
  4. Renewal Fee: $20.00
  5. 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.

A. Application Fee: $25.00
 

B. Licensure Requirements:
  1. Has a high school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Successfully passed a board specified Medication Aide II program or hold an unencumbered certification or license from another US state or jurisdiction to administer medications.
  3. Successfully passed a Board approved Medication Aide II examination.
  4. Hold a valid Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS).
  5. Be employed by a Montana Long-Term Care Facility.
  6. Hold a valid CPR certificate.
  7. Fingerprint background checks are required for new applications for licensure. Please review the application instructions for the fingerprint background check process.
  8. It is critical to your licensure to not withhold any information regarding each question on the application.

 

C. Experience Requirements: Applicant must have been employed as a CNA in a Long-Term Care Facility for a minimum of 4,000 hours
 

D. Examination Information: The applicant must successfully pass a Board approved Medication Aide II examination at 80% or above.  For additional information regarding the examination and proctoring fees, you may contact the testing proctor at Headmaster.
 

E. 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.
 

F. Renewal Fee: $20.00
 

G. 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

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-84

In the matter of the repeal of ARM 24.159.1006 and 24.159.1206 pertaining to direct supervision and standards related to the practical nurse's and registered nurse's role in cosmetic procedures

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-83

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.301 and 24.159.2104 pertaining to continuing education

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-82

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.301 definitions, 24.159.1601 purpose, 24.159.1611 criteria for delegation of nursing tasks, 24.159.1625 general nursing functions, and the repeal of 24.159.411 parliamentary authority, 24.159.1036 and 24.159.1236 preparation of licenses, 24.159.1040, 24.159.1240, and 24.159.1430 duplicate or lost licenses, and 24.159.1602, 24.159.1604, 24.159.1605, 24.159.1610, 24.159.1612, 24.159.1616, 24.159.1630, 24.159.1631, 24.159.1636, and 24.159.1640 all relating to nursing delegation

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-81

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.1010 standards related to intravenous (IV) therapy, and the adoption of NEW RULES I through IV related to nurse licensure compact

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-307

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and 24.101.403 administrative fees, and the repeal of 24.101.401 purpose, 24.101.407 licensing, and 24.101.414 renewal notification

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-80

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.604, 24.159.605, 24.159.606, 24.159.608, 24.159.609, 24.159.611, 24.159.612, 24.159.625, 24.159.630, 24.159.632, 24.159.635, 24.159.640, 24.159.650, 24.159.655, 24.159.659, 24.159.662, 24.159.665, 24.159.666, and 24.159.670 nursing education programs, the adoption of NEW RULE I waiver of faculty qualifications, and the repeal of ARM 24.159.601, 24.159.615, 24.159.656, 24.159.674, 24.159.677, and 24.159.680 nursing education programs

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-79

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.401 fees, 24.159.403 nonroutine applications, 24.159.906 medication aide II training program curriculum, 24.159.1024, 24.159.1028, and 24.159.1029 licensed practical nurses, 24.159.1224, 24.159.1228, and 24.159.1229 registered nurses, 24.159.1412 initial APRN license, and 24.159.2021 alternative monitoring track admission criteria, and the repeal of ARM 24.159.1038, 24.159.1238, and 24.159.1428 inactive status licensure, 24.159.1046 and 25.159.1246 supervision of probationary licensees, and 24.159.1414 APRN educational requirements and qualifications

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-78

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I military training or experience

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted April 8, 2014

NOTICE of ADOPTION
posted September 4, 2014

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-159-77

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.159.301 definitions, 24.159.1405, 24.159.1412 through 24.159.1414, 24.159.1418, 24.159.1427, 24.159.1428, 24.159.1461, 24.159.1463, 24.159.1464, 24.159.1467, 24.159.1468, 24.159.1470, 24.159.1475, 24.159.1480, and 24.159.1485 advanced practice registered nurses, 24.159.2102 biennial continuing education credits, the adoption of NEW RULES I and II APRN practice and competence development, and the repeal of 24.159.1404, 24.159.1411, 24.159.1424, 24.159.1462, 24.159.1466, and 24.159.1490 standards related to APRNs

Complaint Information

The mission of the Board of Nursing is to protect the health, safety and well being of Montana citizens through the licensing of competent nursing professionals and by the regulation of the practice to promote the delivery of quality health care.

In meeting its mission, the Board takes appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. 

Complaint Form

Complaint Process Brochure

Complaint Process FAQs

Complaint Contact

Heidi Kaufman , Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2238
E-mail: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov

How to File a Complaint

The Department is charged with regulating professions and occupations for the protection of the public as a whole. Although the Department does not represent individuals filing complaints, the Department will review complaints in a timely manner to ensure a complaint is processed and that the Board will take appropriate action.

The length of time for resolution of a complaint is impossible to estimate due to the various complexities presented in individual complaints.

The following types of complaints may be filed:

  • Unprofessional conduct by a licensee;
  • Unprofessional conduct by a license applicant;
  • Unlicensed practice of the profession or occupation.

If an individual is unsure of what constitutes unprofessional conduct and needs a description of the various types, reference to Montana statutes and rules will provide an answer. These are found at your local public library or at the appropriate board site on this web page.

Drop Off or Mail to:
"Name of the Board or Program the complaint pertains to"
Business Standards Division
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200514
Helena, MT 59620-0514

Unlicensed Practice Complaint Process

Department of Labor & Industry - Business Standards Division

PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

When a complaint or other information is received alleging possible unlicensed practice...

  • (If the allegation is not made in the form of a formal written complaint, a complaint form is completed by the Department and a complaint number is assigned.)
  • A copy of the complaint and a request for a written response are mailed to the person against whom the complaint was filed (Respondent).
  • A written acknowledgment that the complaint has been received is mailed to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant)
  • The respondent may submit a letter of response to the complaint. If a written response is not submitted, the complaint process continues without a response.
  • The complainant and the respondent are sent written notify cation of the date, time, and location of any meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

The Board Meeting

  • Unlicensed Practice complaints are addressed by the Full Board in executive session (meaning closed to the public). Board meetings are open to the public unless the chairperson determines an individual’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to know. If so, that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public (only the respondent, complainant, and legal counsel for each (if any) may be present).
  • The complaint and response (if any) are provided to the board members prior to an upcoming board meeting for their review. The board meeting is not a hearing, but rather a meeting at which the information provided is considered and discussed by the board.

DISMISSAL

  • If the board dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice.
  • Dismissal With Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the board in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

  • The board can request an investigator be assigned to gather additional information surrounding the allegations made in the complaint. This may involve interviews with the respondent, the complainant, and possible witnesses.
  • After the investigation has been completed, an investigative report is prepared and presented to the board for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
  • Following the board’s review of the investigative report, a determination is made to either dismiss the complaint or take action in the form of a Cease and Desist or an Injunction.

CEASE & DESIST / INJUNCTION

  • The board may issue a Cease & Desist or seek an Injunction.
  • Cease & Desist–A letter from the administrative agency prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.
  • Injunction-A writ granted by a court prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.

For more information, contact DLI Business Standards Division at 406-841-2300

The Complaint Process

This process is used for the Boards that are administered in the Business Standards Division. The various Programs administered in the Division use a similar process.

Important: When filing or responding to a complaint, be as thorough as possible. You may attach additional documents to the complaint form to ensure that all pertinent information has been included. The Screening Panel meeting is NOT a hearing, but is a time for the panel to consider the complaint and response. Attendance is your choice. If you attend the panel may ask additional questions. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend.

After a complaint has been filed against a licensed individual the Compliance Office will send a letter of acknowledgment to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant), and a letter requesting a response (with a copy of the complaint) to the licensee against whom the complaint was filed.

The Licensee may submit a written response addressing the complaint to the Compliance Office. The process continues whether or not a response is submitted. The Complainant is not entitled to a copy of the response.

The Compliance Office will notify the Licensee and Complainant regarding the date and time of any meeting during which the case will be discussed.

Complaints remain confidential unless a Notice of Proposed Board Action is issued, which is a public document along with all subsequent legal filings.

Meetings

  • Closed Meeting - During a Closed Meeting only the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or attorneys for either can be in attendance. Minutes of Closed Meetings are not public documents.
  • Open Meeting - A public meeting which anyone can attend. The minutes of Open meetings are public documents and made available online via the specific Board’s webpage. (Adjudication Panel meetings are usually open.)

Individuals may attend a meeting in person or by telephone. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend the meeting.

Screening Panel

  • Screening Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board. The Screening Panel’s function is to determine the preliminary action(s) to take on a complaint. Possible preliminary actions include dismissal, investigation, or a finding of Reasonable Cause.

The complaint and response (if any) are submitted to the Screening Panel members. The Screening Panel meeting is not a hearing, but rather a committee meeting to review and discuss the complaint and response to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

Dismissal

If the Screening Panel dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice (see definitions below).

  • Dismissal With Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered by the Screening Panel in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the Screening Panel in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

Investigation

Only a member of the Screening Panel can request an investigation of a complaint. If an investigation is requested by the Screening Panel, the case is assigned to an investigator who may request an interview with the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or other individuals. Upon completion of the investigation, a written report is submitted to the Screening Panel, which will then determine if there is Reasonable Cause to proceed with disciplinary action.

Reasonable Cause

  • Reasonable Cause - A finding by the Screening Panel that evidence exists that a violation of statutes and rules has occurred which warrants proceeding with disciplinary action.

If Reasonable Cause is found, the Department Counsel issues a Notice of Proposed Board Action (Notice) to the Licensee. Once a Notice is issued, it is public information. A proposed Stipulation may be included with the Notice.

  • Notice - A legal document from the Department’s Legal Counsel which sets forth the Department’s factual assertions, the statutes or rules relied upon, and advising the licensee of the right to a hearing.
  • Stipulation - A tentative agreement for settlement of the case. A Stipulation is not finalized until approved by the Adjudication Panel.

The Licensee may either sign the Stipulation or contest the proposed action by requesting an administrative Hearing (a legal process before a Hearing Examiner). If the Licensee wishes to request a hearing, written request must be received within twenty (20) days from receipt of the Notice. Failure to either sign a Stipulation or request a hearing within twenty (20) days may result in the issuing of a Final Order of Default against the licensee.

  • Default - the licensee’s acceptance of the disciplinary action demonstrated by failing to participate in the process

Adjudication Panel

  • Adjudication Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board who are NOT on the Screening Panel. The Adjudication Panel determines the final outcome of a case.

The Adjudication Panel reviews the record to determine appropriate sanctions. A Final Order is issued by the Adjudication Panel, completing the complaint process.

Complaint Process Flow

Current license status and information regarding disciplinary action(s) against a licensee can be accessed online at: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

Education

Board of Nursing Online Education Modules

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

Visit MT Board of Nursing Online Modules to get started.

Continuing Education Rules

Renewals and Continuing Education Administrative Rules for Nurses

Continuing Education FAQs

Approved Nursing Programs within Montana

Approved Nursing Programs within Montana

RN NCLEX Pass Rates

LPN NCLEX Pass Rates

Waiver of Faculty Qualifications

Medication Aide I Education

Medication Aide I Education

Approved Medication Aide I Instructors

Medication Aide II Curriculum

Medication Aide II Curriculum

 

FAQ

From the Quick Links Menu you can choose the appropriate license type from the choices and apply online which can streamline the process.  You can also go to Licensure Information to find the license types to apply by a paper application. If you have licensing questions, please contact the licensing unit at unitb@mt.gov and 406-444-5711.

Yes. According to ARM 24-159-2301(1)(b), all nurses shall notify the board office of any change in address within ten days of the change. Failure to notify the board of an address change may result in a fine.

To change your address: Go to Quick Links on the front page of the website to submit the form for an address change. 

No. The Board of Nursing does not require that you change your name. However, the name displayed on your name badge MUST match your name as it appears on your license.

To change your name: Click on  Forms on the lefthand 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 DLIBSDLicensingUnitA@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).

No. The Board of Nursing does not require that you have a copy of your license on file with your employer, in fact, the Board would discourage this practice as official verification of your license should come from the Board’s online verification system either through the Montana Licensee Lookup system at ebiz.mt.gov/pol or the national system through www.NURSYS.com (Quick Confirm).

You do not have to work a certain number of hours to keep your license active. But you will need to have 24 contact hours every 2 years to maintain an active LPN, RN or APRN license. A random audit of licensees will be performed to determine compliance with these rules. See Nursing Subchapter 21 Renewals and Continuing Education at the Administrative Rules at the Regulations Menu.

You do not need to worry about having a paper copy of your license.  An employer or reference can verify your license through two online systems: the Montana Licensee Lookup system at ebiz.mt.gov/pol or the national system through www.NURSYS.com (Quick Confirm). The Board encourages use of the online system and not keeping a paper copy of your license as there have been instances in which a paper copy of a license was altered and used to falsify an actual license.

The Montana Board of Nursing is a compact state, effective October 1, 2015. If Montana is your primary state of residence, you may work in other compact states under your Montana multistate privilege. If you are moving to another compact state and that state will be your primary state of residence, you will need to become licensed in that state within 90 days of changing that state to your home state.

Yes. Anytime you are providing nursing services to persons residing in Montana, either in person or via telehealth, you are required to hold an active Montana Nursing license or a multistate privilege to practice in Montana.

The Board of Nursing is a participant of Nursys, an online national verification system. All information, including licensure, education and discipline, are reported weekly. Register with Nursys at www.NURSYS.com. Inform the licensing specialist in the state where you are trying to obtain licensure know that you have registered with Nursys, and the licensing specialist in that state can obtain verification from the Nursys website.

The Nurse Practice Act is considered to be both the statutes and administrative rules of the Board of Nursing. Click on Regulationstab, and choose either Statute or Administrative Rules, where you will be linked to the official version of either the statute or administrative rule. The Board does not provide printed copies of the statutes or administrative rules. 

The Board of Nursing meetings are all open to the public.  You are able to attend in person or may listen via phone conference.  To review the meeting agendas, click on Board Information, and choose Board Meetings.  Then click on Scheduled and Proposed Meetings and a list of the types of meetings, dates, agendas, and minutes are available.

To request an item be added to the agenda, contact the Board's Executive Director, at 406-841-2300, nurse@mt.gov, or send a letter to the board office at Board of Nursing, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513.  

Yes. Lists are available for purchase and can be sorted by license type, license status, statewide, out-of-state, or county. Go to Licensure, then Download List of Licensees. You are able to choose your search criteria and see the fee prior to downloading the list.

Yes. Anytime you know of an infraction of the Board of Nursing rules, you are required to file a complaint. From the Board website: www.nurse.mt.gov go to Complaints and you will find all the information you need to file a complaint. Failure to do so may be violating the Board’s administrative rule 24.159.2301 Conduct of Nurses.

To file a complaint, under the heading Complaints, you can review the complaint process and download the complaint form.  For more information on how to report, 406-841-2238, email at dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov, or mail to Board of Nursing, Attn: Compliance Dept., PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513.

The Board of Nursing does not require that you report your activation. However, as stated in 37-1-138, MCA, if you wish to have your renewal fees waived, you must provide the board office a copy of your activation papers and request that your license be placed on inactive status. Upon return from active duty, you must provide the board office with a copy of your discharge documents. At this time the board office will evaluate your documents and notify you of the next step.

All RN, LPN, and APRN licenses expire on December 31st of even numbered years. Medication Aide I and II licenses expire on March 31st annually.

You may renew your license up to 2 years after the expiration date, but you will be charged a late fee. At Forms, you will find the form to complete for renewal and submit a check or money order. You are also able to renew online by using the Quick Links - Renew Online and login in with your User Name and Password. If you do not know your User Name or Password, please contact 406-444-6880. If your license has been expired for longer than 2 years, you must reapply for licensure.

No, your program does not need approval from the MT Board of Nursing to admit MT students. Your program ONLY needs to seek Board approval if you are arranging for a clinical experience in MT for your students. IF your program leads to initial licensure as an LPN or RN, then you need to seek approval using this rule: ARM 24.159.608. IF your program is an RN to BSN or graduate level nursing program, you DO NOT NEED to have approval from the Board to provide clinical experiences in MT. You DO NEED to make sure the student has an active license in MT as these clinical experiences are providing nursing care to MT patients. Your faculty members will also need a MT license IF they are providing direct patient care as part of their responsibility as an instructor. Providing patient care can be by direct hands on methods or through teleconferencing. Instructors who are consulting with the student and preceptor about the learning experience and are not providing direct patient care do not need a MT nursing license.

The Board of Nursing shall approve students enrolled in programs outside of the state to fulfill their clinical hours in Montana facilities. See ARM 24.159.608 for specific instructions and requirements to make the request to the Board. This rule ONLY applies to nursing programs leading to initial licensure as an RN or LPN, not RN to BSN programs or graduate programs.

Yes. Anytime an applicant is educated outside of the United States they are considered to be internationally educated and must complete all requirements of an internationally educated applicant. See ARM 24.159.1029 for PN applicants and ARM 24.159.1229 for RN applicants.

When you have graduated from an approved nursing program, you will need to complete the Board of Nursing examination application and register with Pearson VUE. You may find the application and instructions at License Information, and choose the appropriate license type from the left. To register for the NCLEX visit https://www.ncsbn.org/nclex.htm.

An applicant for licensure by examination can take the NCLEX at ANY Pearson VUE testing site. The applicant need NOT take the NCLEX at the Montana sites in Helena or Billings to be licensed in Montana. You will work with Pearson VUE to determine the testing site and time to take the NCLEX exam. To register for the NCLEX visit https://www.ncsbn.org/nclex.htm.

Refer to the Board of Nursing statute 37-8-102 Definition (8b) to review this role specific to a long-term care facility.

No. The Board of Nursing does not require that you relinquish your LPN license when you are granted an RN license.

Emailnurse@mt.gov.

Phone: 406-444-5711 for Licensing questions.  For questions related to practice, rules, education call  the Executive Director, at 406-841-2300.

Mail: Montana Board of Nursing, 301 S. Park Ave. 4th Floor, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513.

When can my license be administratively suspended?

During the 2015 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 76 was passed and entered into law effective July 1, 2015. The law allows for licensing boards and programs to administratively suspend a license for the following:

  1. Noncompliance with requirements for continuing education (CE), certification, reporting requirements, or other qualifications necessary for continued licensure as established by an audit,
  2. Failure to respond to an audit for CE, certification, or other qualifications necessary for continued licensure,
  3. Non-sufficient funds (NSF) in an account used to pay for an administrative fee, board or program fee, or fine,
  4. Reasonable grounds exist to believe the licensee did not possess the qualifications for initial issuance of the license, or
  5. Failure to comply with any term of a final order imposed by a licensing board or program.

 

How can I keep my license from being administratively suspended?

  1. Comply with all continued licensure requirements, such as CE, certification, insurance, and reporting requirements.
  2. Keep your address and contact information up-to-date with the board or program in order to receive important information regarding your license and potential issues or audits you are asked to address. See Mont. Code Ann. § 37-1-309(2). You must notify the board or program in writing of any change in your address within 30 days of the change. You will not meet this obligation by relying on a postal forwarding address notification.
  3. If notified by your banking institution or credit card company that your licensing fees or payment to the board or program has failed, contact the board or program immediately to address the deficiency.
  4. Submit a complete application with all supporting documentation from the source as confirmation.
  5. Comply with all terms of a final order within the prescribed period.

 

I received a Notice of Deficiency Determination that my license will be administratively suspended if I do not cure a deficiency within 60 days from the date of the letter. How do I correct this?

Once a Notice of Deficiency Determination is sent to your most recent address on file with the board or program, you will have 60 days to cure the deficiency as indicated in the letter. You should contact the unit identified in the letter that processed your deficiency determination (such as the Audit, Compliance, or Fiscal unit) and immediately begin steps to cure the deficiency. You must submit a copy of the Notice of Deficiency Determination letter with the evidence that you have cured the deficiency prior to the 61st day or your license will be administratively suspended until the cure is accepted. Simply contacting the unit and providing partially or unacceptable evidence of curing the deficiency will not extend the 60 days.

How do I get my administratively suspended license reinstated?

You must submit a copy of the Notice of Deficiency Determination letter sent to you with proof of curing the deficiency along with a reinstatement fee of $200. If your administrative suspension was related to a NSF payment, you must submit a cashier’s check or money order for all fees. You may also be required to submit documents as evidence you have cured other types of deficiencies. If you satisfactorily cure the deficiency, your administratively suspended license will be transferred to the status prior to the administrative suspension, as long as you timely renew your license and are not otherwise subject to a restricted license status.

How long will my license be on administrative suspension?

After the 60-day opportunity to cure the deficiency, your license will be administratively suspended until you cure the deficiency and the license is current. If you fail to renew your administratively suspended license, the license will expire and eventually terminate. If you continue to renew your license, the license will remain administratively suspended until you cure the deficiency and comply with any additional qualifications for continued licensure.

What is a non-sufficient funds (NSF) payment?

A NSF payment is described as any of the following:

  1. overdraft,
  2. closed account,
  3. stopped payment,
  4. invalid credit card number or expiration date, or
  5. payment not authorized by customer.

 

If I have a NSF payment, can I pay the amounts owed with a credit card or personal check?

If you are curing a payment issue with the Business Standards Division (BSD) for a check or credit card used to pay a fee or fine and the payment was sent back as NSF, you will be required to pay both the original amount due and a $30 NSF fee with a money order or cashier’s check. If you are paying only the reinstatement fee and no other fees or fine, you may use a personal check.

Will I have to renew my license while it is administratively suspended?

You may renew your license for 50% of the license renewal fee to keep your license from expiring and eventually terminating. If you do not renew your license, the license will terminate two years after the license expiration date regardless of an administrative suspension in effect. If your license terminates, you may not reinstate the license. You must make a new original application based on current licensing qualifications. This may require you to meet additional education, examination, experience, or other requirements. If you cure a deficiency related to an administratively suspended license after the license has expired, you will be required to submit proof of continuing education, certification, or other qualifications for continued licensure. See Mont. Code Ann. § 37-1-131.

Can I appeal the decision to administratively suspend my license?

Yes. You must send a written request to the board or program so it can be placed on the next board meeting agenda or addressed by program staff. Along with your written request, you may provide any information you want the board or program to review. If you are not satisfied with the board’s or program’s final order, you may seek judicial review in district court. IMPORTANT: Due to the timing of board meetings, you may not be able to have the board review your appeal before the date your license is scheduled to be administratively suspended. The administrative suspension will automatically occur after the 60-day cure period, even if the board or program has not heard your appeal.

What happens to my license while I appeal the decision?

Your license will continue to be administratively suspended until you cure the deficiency that led to the suspension or until your appeal is successful.

Will my administrative suspension be reported as disciplinary action or on Licensee Lookup?

The license status of “administrative suspension” will appear on Licensee Lookup, or on any license verification issued by BSD, with a clear indication the matter is not connected to the delivery of services or based on competency of the licensee’s practice and is considered to be a technical or administrative violation rather than a disciplinary action. Staff will report administrative suspensions under federal regulations implementing database or data bank reporting using the same disclaimer.