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(1) Applicants seeking APRN licensure in the specialties of CNM, NP, CRNA, or CNS must possess the following educational and certification qualifications:

(a) for those licensed in 2008 or after, a master's degree or post-graduate certificate from an accredited APRN program that provided a minimum of 250 hours of didactic instruction and a minimum of 500 hours of preceptorship;

(b) for those licensed between 1995 and 2007, a master's degree from an accredited nursing education program, or a certificate from an accredited post master's program as defined in (1)(c), which prepares the RN for the APRN recognition sought; and, individual certification from a certifying body. APRNs who completed an accredited APRN program and obtained national certification prior to June 30, 1995, may be recognized in Montana; or

(c) for those licensed prior to 1995, a degree from a post-basic professional nursing education program in an APRN specialty with the minimum length of one academic year consisting of at least 250 hours of didactic instruction and 400 hours under a preceptor; and, individual certification from a certifying body.

(2) Applicants seeking APRN licensure as a psychiatric CNS must possess a master's degree in nursing from an accredited nursing education program that integrates pharmacology and clinical practice.

(3) Applicants seeking APRN licensure must pass the examination of and be certified by a national certifying body in the congruent area of specialization.

(4) Contact information for national certifying bodies may be obtained from the board office.

History: 37-1-131, 37-8-202, MCA; IMP, 37-1-131, 37-8-202, 37-8-409, MCA; NEW, 1983 MAR p. 10, Eff. 1/14/83; AMD, 1985 MAR p. 108, Eff. 2/1/85; AMD, 1988 MAR p. 2720, Eff. 12/23/88; AMD, 1991 MAR p. 2435, Eff. 12/13/91; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 1424, Eff. 5/27/94; AMD, 1995 MAR p. 847, Eff. 5/12/95; AMD, 1996 MAR p. 418, Eff. 2/9/96; AMD, 2002 MAR p. 3399, Eff. 12/13/02; AMD, 2005 MAR p. 742, Eff. 5/13/05; TRANS, from Commerce, & AMD, 2006 MAR p. 2035, Eff. 8/25/06; AMD, 2008 MAR p. 2346, Eff. 11/7/08.

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