Demand continues to grow across Montana and the United States for educated and highly skilled nursing professionals. The Nursing Program at Carroll College educates, trains, and prepares students to take and pass the national licensure exams (NCLEX) and enter the workforce ready to work and make a difference. The NCLEX exam is a national test and students that have passed will not need to retest.
Additionally, Montana is one of 39 states who belong to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). "The NLC increases access to care while maintaining public protection at the state level. Under the NLC, nurses can practice in other NLC states, without having to obtain additional licenses." Information about the NLC and the participating states can be found at ncsbn.org/compacts.htm. When a student nurse graduates from Carroll College’s Nursing program and passes the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) in Montana, he or she can legally work in Montana as a Registered Nurse as well as 38 other states, given a multi-state license application was submitted. See additional information available for nursing licensure from NCSBN Nurse Licensure Compact.
The Carroll College Nursing program curriculum is designed to meet the licensure requirements in Montana. State nursing regulatory boards outline standards for safe nursing care and issue licenses to practice nursing, which may vary by state. Students with the intent of returning or moving to any state other than Montana prior to taking their NCLEX should be aware of the unique requirements for that state. Prior to enrollment, students should review the Carroll College Professional Licensure (NC-SARA) to determine whether this program meets the license-by-examination requirements in a specific state. For specific state agencies offering nursing licensure, please see the professional licensure directory for nursing.
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