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Bozeman, MT 59717-3560

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Dean: Helen Melland

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What is a Nurse Practitioner?

Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

1. What is a nurse practitioner?
  • Nurse practitioners are primary care providers who practice in ambulatory, acute and long-term care settings.
  • Entry level preparation for nurse practitioner practice is a master’ degree in nursing.
  • According to their practice specialty these nurses provide nursing and medical services to individuals, families and groups. In addition to diagnosing and managing acute episodic illnesses, nurse practitioners emphasize health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Teaching and counseling of individuals, families, and groups are a major part of a nurse practitioner’s practice.
  • Nurse practitioners practice autonomously and in collaboration with health care professionals and other individuals to diagnose, treat and manage the patient’s health problems.
2. What are the requirements to practice as a Nurse Practitioner in Montana?

The Montana State Board of Nursing issues state laws and administrative rules regarding NP practice. A NP must have graduate education (Master’s) and be board certified. Licenses are renewed biennially. Forty (40) hours of continuing education credits (CEUs) are required for each renewal period.

3. What certification is available for a NP?

Certification is offered to graduates of approved Master’s and Post-Master’s level adult and family nurse practitioner programs. The National Certification Examinations given by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program are competency-based examinations for adult and family nurse practitioners reflective of nurse practitioner knowledge and expertise for each of these specialties. The content areas of the examinations are health promotion, disease prevention and diagnosis and management of acute and chronic diseases by family and adult nurse practitioners.
The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board offers certification for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. For more information visit;

Other web sites of interest

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)



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