Montana Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Programs
Completing the requirements to obtain a Montana Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing gives MSN-prepared nurses the opportunity to advance their careers and increase their salaries. Nurses gain the required skills for a career in their preferred nursing specialization.
Although Montana has several outstanding nursing programs, the state does not have many physical options for a Montana Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing. All online programs listed herein are SARA states. This means that nurses can practice nursing in Montana after completing the online program.
It is the responsibility of nurses to know the admission requirements for Montana Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing programs. If nurses pursue an online option, they have to meet the admission requirements for the out-of-state school, and make sure that it meets the nursing requirements for Montana nurses.
Montana State University offers the Certificate in Nursing Education. The university offers the program to all graduate nursing students, along with nurses that have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
Admission requirements for the program include:
- Minimum of a BSN degree in nursing with prior supervised clinical practice in a variety of nursing settings
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Current unencumbered RN licensure
- Completion of the Montana State University Graduate School application
- Favorable recommendation from the College of Nursing admissions committee
It’s important to keep in mind that most traditional post-graduate nursing certificate programs will require, at minimum, an MSN degree.
The courses and classes required in a post-graduate certificate in nursing program likely vary among the different schools, and sometimes among the various post-master’s certificate in nursing programs at the same college or university.
The University of North Dakota offers online post-graduate certificate in nursing programs, including the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program.
The required program courses include:
- NURS 532 – Family Centered Advance Practice Nursing
- NURS 534 – Management of Health Conditions Primary Care I
- NURS 540 – Management of Health Conditions Primary Care II
- NURS 559 – Maternal and Child Health in Primary Care
- NURS 597A – Advanced Clinical Practicum I
- NURS 597B – Advanced Clinical Practicum II
- NURS 597C – Advanced Clinical Practicum III
There is no set program length for Montana Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing programs. The program length depends upon the requirements set by each graduate school of nursing.
Program length also depends upon the specific program. One example is the fact that the South Dakota State University Post-Graduate Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate, and the Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate program are both 14 credit hour programs. Compare this to the fact that the Post-Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate program requires completing 18 credit hours.
South Dakota State University offers these programs online, and makes them available to Montana nurses.
Tuition and Cost of Attendance
The cost of tuition at universities offering Montana Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing programs vary among different schools, and possibly different programs. South Dakota State University tuition is $465.80 per credit hour.
Tuition covers only the cost of attendance. It does not cover books, supplies, required malpractice insurance, or fees.
Nurses that pursue an online post-graduate certificate in nursing have the freedom to continue taking care of family responsibilities and working.
When considering an online program, nurses want to learn whether the college or university offers the program entirely online.
Featured Online School
North Dakota University offers three online post-graduate certificate in nursing programs. The programs are offered 100 percent online, making them ideal for Montana nurses who wish to pursue a post-master’s certificate in nursing in a specialty area of care.
Nurses have many career pathways when they complete a post-graduate certificate in nursing program. Some career pathways include:
Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate Salary and Job Outlook
Nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetists in Montana enjoy a fantastic job outlook, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics listing the job growth for these professionals as ‘much faster than average.'
The 2018 mean annual salary for Montana nurse practitioners is $103,510. The Montana nurse anesthetist mean annual salary is $246,310.
There are few Montana Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Program options. Online programs offer Montana nurses the opportunity to pursue a post-master’s certificate in nursing that increases their scope of practice.
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