Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNPs) are ‘terminal' degrees which prepare students for clinical nursing education and advance practice nursing. DNPs are the highest degrees for clinical nursing practice. Registered nurses seeking DNP degrees are able to focus their studies on either advanced practice nursing and systems or organizational/educational leadership.

Montana BSN to DNP students will be expected to successfully complete 83 unit hours along with a number of supervised clinical clerkship hours to be awarded the degree. MSN to DNP program expects students to complete 41 unit hours to earn the degree.

Core competencies to be mastered by students during DNP programs will include:

  • Advanced pharmacology
  • Health and Physical Assessment
  • Clinical Research for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice
  • Public Policy

Choosing a DNP Program

Choosing a DNP program may seem daunting, but paying attention to a few key items can make the decision a lot less stressful.

What to Consider When Choosing a DNP Program

  • Program Cost— Because there's only one DNP program in the state Montana, the tuition costs for DNP programs are uniform.
    • Montana residents: $2,700 per semester
    • Non-residents: $8,150
  • Online/Campus options— Montana State University does offer distance education as part of its DNP offerings, in addition to classroom learning.
  • Accreditation— DNP programs in the state of Nebraska are accredited by the Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Residency— Fellowships and clinical residencies provide necessary hands-on education for DNP students. Schools often have affiliations with area healthcare centers and hospitals; students are encouraged to inquire with the school.

Admission & State Licensing or Certification Requirements


To be considered for acceptance in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program, applicants should meet the following:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited upper division program, which included supervised clinical practice in a variety of nursing settings, including community/public health and management
  • Successful completion of undergraduate courses in physical assessment, community/public health, research, statistics (which included inferential statistics), and an undergraduate psych/mental health course for the Psych/Mental Health option
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse. If clinical educational experiences are to be completed in Montana, licensure in Montana is required
  • Favorable recommendation from the College of Nursing admissions committee
  • TOEFL score of 580 or computer equivalent, if applicable


Accredited DNP programs in the state of Montana allow successful students to sit for certification upon completion of programs. DNP tracks offered at universities in Montana allow students to become certified in in the following specialties.

  • Psych/Mental Health
  • Family/Individual Health


For Montana nursing students who have successfully completed the DNP track, they will need to be licensed by the Montana Board of Nursing. Requirements for licensure include:

  • Completing an application
  • Background checks
  • Provide transcripts from all educational institutions
  • Submit verification of specialty certification
  • Complete fingerprinting

Montana BSN to DNP Program Options

Currently there's only one university in the state of Montana that offers a BSN to DNP track. That university is the only university in the state which offers a DNP program.

  • Montana State University—offers both BSN to DNP and post-master's DNP programs

Related Education Paths

Helpful DNP Agencies and Organizations in Montana

List of Campus and Online DNP Programs in Montana

Bozeman, MT

P.O. Box 173560
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-3783

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