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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 three options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, or Nurse-Midwifery.

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

Candidates in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Montana State are educated to become advanced practice registered nurses in an innovative program that blends distance learning with on-campus visits, clinical experience, and scholarly projects. Candidates are able to select three areas of specialty: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, or Nurse-Midwifery all 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 Nurse 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. 

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 in a blended, distance-delivered format, with a variety of class activities that are able to be completed asynchronously. Video conferencing with faculty and classmates complements the coursework.





Careers after Graduation

DNP alumni in Nursing embark on a wide range of careers within 10-years of their graduation.

Nearly 65% are working in for-profit, 14% in academia, and about 12.7% for nonprofit. Top industry employers include Montana State University and Montana Health Care Systems.

Across all career paths the estimated salary of alumni within 10 years of graduation ranges from $60,000 to $150,00+ with an average of $105,000 (source of data Academic Analytics).


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. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for theDoctor of Nursing Practice program. This includes any additional deadlines that the College of Nursing may have aside from the Graduate School.