Source: Administrative Rules of Montana
- The placement of a student from an out-of-state nursing program in a clinical experience in Montana must be approved by the Montana BON. The written request for placement must be made two months prior to the placement, signed by the program director, and contain the following:
- The program’s approval and accreditation documentation
- Contact information for the student
- Contact information for the clinical placement setting, as well as for the program’s liaison at the clinical setting
- Contact information and educational credentials of any preceptors involved in the experience
- Description of the preceptorship and plan for faculty supervision of the preceptor and nursing student
- Verification from relevant Montana program directors that an in-state student will not be displaced by the placement
- Verification from the practice setting that the student can be accommodated without displacing an in-state student
- Copy of the written agreement between the out-of-state program and the facility where the Montana clinical practice setting is located, which identifies preceptor(s), primary liaison, and out-of-state clinical faculty, specifying the responsibilities and delineating the functions of each entity
- Students from out-of-state programs must comply with all Montana laws and rules related to nursing while participating in a clinical experience in Montana.
- All clinical experiences must be supervised by nursing faculty who hold an active, unencumbered nursing license in any jurisdiction; faculty must meet all Montana requirements for nursing program faculty with the exception of a Montana nursing license.
- Faculty for RN programs should hold at least a master’s degree in nursing, as well as preparation for teaching in their respective area and at least two years of nursing practice; for PN programs, at least a BSN, with two years’ nursing practice and supplemental coursework in methods of teaching.
- Preceptor experiences may be used to enhance, not replace, faculty-directed clinical learning experiences, and are limited to no more than 20 percent of the student’s total clinical hours.
- The faculty-student ratio for clinical experiences should not exceed 1:10.
- A clinical resource registered nurse (CRRN) may be used to maintain the instructor-student ratio; they are not considered faculty, and must be supervised by a faculty member.
View Montana's Nurse Practice Act and Administrative Rules.