USDE Education regulation 34.668.43 a(5)(v)

Montana is one of 34 states who belong, via state legislative ruling, to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).

Montana was officially recognized as a member of the NLC in January 2018. The NLC serves as a measure to provide legal protection to Registered Nurses who may practice telehealth across state lines, serve as travel nurses, and perform nursing duties that occur in other states in which they were licensed.  “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 can be found at:
https://www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-compact.htm

Thus, when a student nurse graduates from Flathead Valley Community College, passes the National Council Licensure Exam (RN-NCLEX) in Montana, the Registered Nurse can legally work in Montana as a Registered Nurse as well as 33 other states. The licensee must continually hold an unencumbered license in order to meet the requirements of the NLC. State participants of the NLC can be found at: https://www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-compact.htm

Flathead Valley Community College has not made a determination regarding whether its curriculum meets requirements for licensure in states that are not members of the NLC. https://www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-compact.htm

Please Note: Although the FVCC continues to seek information from other jurisdictions regarding licensure requirements, these requirements are subject to change. If you intend to seek licensure outside of Montana, FVCC recommends that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency in the state you are interested in to obtain the most up-to-date information.