Montana provides limited opportunities to earn a nursing degree, but the facilities that do exist are top notch. Montana State University provides the majority of degree opportunities, with campuses located in Havre, Lewsitown, Bozeman and Great Falls. All campuses provide the opportunity to earn an associate degree, and some campuses offer the BSN and/or MSN. Miles Community College and Salish Kootenai College in Pablo both offer associate degrees, and the University of Montana in Missoula provides diplomas in practical nursing and an LPN-to-RN program. Despite this lack of nursing degree opportunities, Montana offers numerous employment situations across the state in cities such as Bozeman, Great Falls, Anaconda and Shelby, among other areas.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $10,000 and $57,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. When graduates look for large employers in Montana, it might help if those job-seekers had a degree in nursing. Almost a full half of the top eighteen employers in this state consist of hospitals and medical centers. The following facilities are rated as among Montana’s largest employers: Billings Health and Rehabilitation Center in Billings; Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, which is Montana’s largest medical facility and covers a service area of nearly 45,000 square miles; Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman; Billings Clinic, a community-owned non-profit health care organization that employs over 2,700 individuals; Kalispell Regional Medical Center, which covers northwest Montana; Northern Montana Hospital in Hill and Blaine County; St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center in Missoula, which provides western Montana with advanced cancer treatment and is a regional leader in mental health and addiction treatment; St. Peter’s Hospital, a sole provider located in Helena, and; St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, one of the largest medical centers in a four-state area.