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Nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Rise to the highest levels of advanced practice in the Doctor of Nursing Practice distance learning program, which focuses on two programs of focus in becoming a nurse practitioner: family and individual, or psychiatric and mental health.

Nursing – Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

Candidates in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Montana State are trained to become advanced practice registered nurses in an innovative program that blends distance learning with on-campus visits, clinical experience and a scholarly project that acts as the capstone to the degree. Candidates are able to select two areas of specialty: Family/Individual or Psychiatric/Mental Health, both of which offer educational preparation and exciting opportunities to practice in rural and frontier areas of Montana. At the conclusion of their degree, the candidates will be prepared to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams tailored for their focus of choice.




Teaching staff in the College of Nursing include assistant professor of nursing Sally Moyce, who received a 2019 UPS Foundation Occupational Health Nurse Research Grant to examine water access for agricultural workers and its relationship to public health and heat-related illness.



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Rural Health Outreach
Montana State’s College of Nursing is a national leader in rural nursing research through the Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center.

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Caring For Our Own
The Caring for Our Own Program (CO-OP) offers support to Native American and Alaska Native nursing students and prepares them for practice, management and leadership to serve American Indian communities.

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Rural Ready Health Practitioner Program
Students in the Rural Ready Nurse Practitioner Program will receive additional education to address being part of a rural community and be eligible to receive up to $17,500 per year for tuition, travel and more.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources theCollege of Nursing and Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, teaching or research assistantships may be available to selected graduate students. For interested students, Nurse Faculty Loan Program funds may be available to those willing to commit to four years of teaching fulltime upon graduation.

Distance Learning

Montana State’s graduate programs in the College of Nursing are designed to fit into students’ busy working schedules with distance learning. All graduate courses are offered primarily online, with a variety of class activities that are able to be completed at any time. Video conferencing with faculty and classmates complements the coursework, and travel to Bozeman is limited to once a year.






Admissions Requirements

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is not different. Below are the criteria and admissions material that should be used as a guide to help as you apply to our graduate programs:

  • Minimum undergraduate and graduate 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. Applicants completing the College’s Associate Degree to Master’s in Nursing program are eligible for admission
  • Successful completion of undergraduate courses in physical assessment, community/public health, research, statistics, and an undergraduate psych/mental health course for DNP (Psych/Mental Health)
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse. If clinical education is to be completed in Montana, licensure in Montana is required
  • One year of clinical experience and Montana residency is preferred
  • Favorable recommendation from the College of Nursing admissions committee
  • If applicable, English proficiency scores as outlined by the Graduate School

Although the Graduate Program at Montana State does practice rolling admissions, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program follows these deadlines for each semester:

  • Fall: December 15 for all applicants