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Montana Continuing Education Requirements

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Below are details about continuing education and license renewal in Montana. You can skip to your profession by selecting it from the drop down list above.

Montana is the fourth largest state in the United States, with the 44th largest population. So, what does that mean? There’s a lot of land and not a lot of people, which is why Montana is a popular destination for rural travelers and homeowners. In fact, one of Montana’s towns, called Miles City, is known as the Cowboy Capital.

The state’s natural beauty and rich history, makes it unique to other states. The state is also well known for having a high percentage of Christian followers, which is also where the state’s first trained nurses derived from. In 1869, five Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, came to Helena, Montana by stagecoach, and established St. John’s Hospital, which was the first Catholic hospital in its territory. These five women became the first trained nurses in the state.

Riding on horseback, the Sisters traveled across Montana looking for funds to establish a second hospital in Deer Lodge, Montana. Their first hospital, St. John’s, saw its first patient in 1873 and they were able to open a hospital in Deer Lodge, where they served for many decades. The Sisters were also famously known for aiding wounded soldiers after the Battle of Big Hole in 1877. They cared for patients on both sides of the fighting, the U.S. soldiers and the Nez Perce Tribe.

Today, the Sister of Charity of Leavenworth Health System is now incorporated and includes eleven hospitals and four clinics who help with the underserved community in Colorado, California, Kansas, and Montana. Without the determination and dedication of the Sisters, the nursing profession in Montana may look a lot different today.

Montana Registered Nurse (RN)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2024
CEs not required.
The Montana Board of Nursing has adopted their proposal to repeal continuing education requirements that were part of the renewal process, effective Saturday, November 18, 2023. This means that LPNs, RNs and APRNs licensed in Montana are no longer required to maintain 24 contact hours of continuing education as part of the license renewal process.
Montana Board of Nursing
Phone: 406-444-6880 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 200513
Helena, Montana  59620-0513

Montana Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2024
CEs not required.
The Montana Board of Nursing has adopted its proposal to repeal continuing education requirements that were part of the renewal process, effective Saturday, November 18, 2023. This means that LPNs, RNs, and APRNs licensed in Montana are no longer required to maintain 24 contact hours of continuing education as part of the license renewal process.
Montana Board of Nursing
Phone: 406-444-6880 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 200513
Helena, Montana  59620-0513

Montana Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2024
CEs not required.
The Montana Board of Nursing has adopted their proposal to repeal continuing education requirements that were part of the renewal process, effective Saturday, November 18, 2023. This means that LPNs, RNs and APRNs licensed in Montana are no longer required to maintain 24 contact hours of continuing education as part of the license renewal process.
Montana Board of Nursing
Phone: 406-444-6880 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: PO Box 200513
Helena, Montana  59620-0513

Montana Medication Nursing Assistant

Montana Requires
12 Hours
Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Montana requires
12 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2024
CEs not required.
Medication Aide I, no contact hour requirements
Medication Aide II. 12 contacct hours per renewal
Montana Board of Nursing
Phone: 406-444-6880 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact

Montana Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Friday, January 19, 2024
CEs not required.
In order to renew, you must have worked and received a wage as a CNA in the past 24 months. The registry does not track continuing education hours for certified nurse aide renewal. 

Continuing education is not required for renewal. Please check with your facility/employer to ensure CEUFast courses are accepted. 
Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services Certification Bureau
Phone: 406-444-4980 Fax: 406-444-3456 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 2401 Colonial Drive
2nd Floor
Helena  59620

Montana Home Health Aid (HHA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Friday, January 19, 2024
CEs not required.
Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services Certification Bureau
Phone: 406-444-4980 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 2401 Colonial Drive
Helena  59620

Montana Physical Therapist (PT)

Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2024
CEs not required.

Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants shall earn 30 hours/credits of qualified CE for each 24 month period prior to the renewal date on odd years. 15 hours/credits of the online courses must meet the requirements of category A.

* CEUFast courses meet the standards for category A courses. CEUFast courses are approved by the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Association.  Your state authorizes courses approved by another state board.

Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
Phone: 406-444-6880 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: P.O. Box 200513
Helena  59620-0513

Montana Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Montana Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Montana requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2024
CEs not required.

Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants shall earn 30 hours/credits of qualified CE for each 24 month period prior to the renewal date on odd years. 15 hours/credits of the online courses must meet the requirements of category A.

* CEUFast courses meet the standards for category A courses. CEUFast courses are approved by the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Association.  Your state authorizes courses approved by another state board.

Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
Phone: 406-444-6880 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: P.O. Box 200513
Helena  59620-0513

Montana Occupational Therapist (OT)

Montana Requires
10 Hours
Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Montana requires
10 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2024
CEs not required.
Occupational therapist license expires on June 15 and must be renewed annually.  10 continuing education credits must be completed annually.
Board of Occupational Therapy Practice
Phone: 406-444-6880 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 301 South Park Ave.
PO Box 200513
Helena  59620

Montana Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

Montana Requires
10 Hours
Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Montana requires
10 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2024
CEs not required.
Occupational therapy assistant license expires on June 15 and must be renewed annually.  10 continuing education credits must be completed annually.
Board of Occupational Therapy Practice
Phone: 406-444-6880 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 301 South Park Ave.
PO Box 200513
Helena  59620

Montana Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

Montana Requires
50 Hours
Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
Montana requires
50 hours Every year
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2024
CEs not required.
Athletic Trainers license expires August 31, annually.  The board does not have continuing education requirements separate from those hours required by the BOC to maintain certification in Athletic Training.  A current BOC card is required to renew your athletic training license.  

BOC requires Athletic Trainers to complete 50 CEUs within the 2-year reporting period.
Board of Athletic Trainers
Phone: 406-444-6880 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 301 South Park
PO Box 200513
Helena, Montana  59620-0513

Montana Respiratory Therapist (RT)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2024
CEs not required.
Respiratory Care licenses expire on May 1st and must be renewed each year. Continuing education for licensees is due at licensure renewal every even-numbered year. The Board requires 24 continuing education credits be completed by the renewal deadline.
Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners
Phone: 406-444-6880 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 301 South Park
PO Box 200513
Helena, Montana  59620-0513

Montana Medical Assistant (MA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
CEs not required.
Medical Assistants are not required to be licensed or registered in Montana. The Board of Medical Examiners are charged with regulating Medical Assistants.
Board of Medical Examiners
Phone: 406-444-6880 Website: Visit Site Address: 301 S. Park Avenue 4th Floor
Helena  59620