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Health Care Pathways and Schools in Montana

Western Montana continues to change from a rural economy to one that is more diversified, with more jobs available in a variety of fields, including health care. According to the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, the health care workforce is projected to grow another 2.5% in 2008, creating roughly another 1,400 jobs.

It is also estimated that by the year 2020, one in five people in Montana will be over the age of 65. Montana has an estimated 276,000 baby boomers, and will in fact have the third-largest percentage of senior citizens in the country. The health care industry will have to grow even more to meet these growing needs of the state’s population.

According to America's Career InfoNet, hospitals currently are the largest employer in the state’s health care sector, providing jobs for over 18,000 people, nearly half of the state’s health care workforce. Billings Clinic is the largest employer in Billings Montana. It is a not-for-profit, leading community organization that employs 3,000 people. St. Vincent Heart Center, also in Billings, is a nationally recognized for its services in Orthopedics, Cardiology, Orthopedics and Stroke Care. In Missoula, major employers are St. Patrick Hospital and the Community Medical Center, and in Bozeman is the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

Specifically, some of the fastest growing jobs in the state are physician’s assistants, respiratory therapists, home care aides, medical assistants, physical therapist assistants, pharmacists, mental health workers, and medical technicians. However, most of the quickest growing jobs require a bachelor’s degree, and the state of Montana has many health care colleges and universities with health care degree programs. Find out which career path is right for you and take the steps toward gaining that education and training. [Check out more career pathways]

Schools Offering Health Care and Nursing Degrees in Montana

tip Programs are subject to change.

Aaniiih Nakoda College:

Programs:

  • Allied Health
  • Psychology

Blackfeet Community College - Browning, MT:

Programs:

  • Allied Health
  • Health & Physical Fitness
  • Pre-Nursing

Carroll College – Helena, MT:

Programs:

  • Bachelors in Nursing - BSN
  • Anthrozoology
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry-Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Community Health
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Health Science
  • Physics
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician's Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Psychology

Chief Dull Knife College - Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation:

Programs:

  • Allied Health
  • Psychology
  • Science

City College - Montana State University - Billings - Billings, MT:

Programs:

  • Allied Health - AS
  • Applied Psychology
  • Fire Science
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Coding & Insurance Billing - Certificate of Applied Science
  • Paramedic
  • Practical Nurse - Associate's
  • Registered Nurse - Associate's
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Surgical Technology

Dawson Community College – Glendive, MT:

Programs:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling
  • Clinical/Medical Social Work
  • Nursing - Associate's
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Pharmacy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Flathead Valley Community College – Kalispell, MT:

Programs:

  • Athletic Training
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
  • Gerontology - Certificate
  • Health Information Technology
  • Health Care Office Management
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
  • Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science- Radiation Therapist
  • Medical Transcription
  • Medical Coding
  • Medical Assistant
  • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions
  • Nursing - Associate's
  • Paramedicine
  • Patient Relations Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Practical Nursing Associate's (LPN)
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling - Associate's
  • Surgical Technology/Technologist

Fort Peck Community College - Poplar, MT:

Programs:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Pre-Health
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Psychology

Health Works Institute, Bozeman, MT:

Programs:

  • Esthetics
  • Massage Therapy

Helena College - University of Montana – Helena, MT:

Programs:

  • Fire & Rescue
  • Health Informatics Technology
  • Licensed Practical - Associate's (LPN)
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Administrative Specialist
  • RN Program - Associate’s

Job Corps, Ronan, MT:

Programs:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant

Little Big Horn College – Crow Agency, MT:

Programs:

  • Biology
  • Community Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs
  • Human Relations
  • Life Science/Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-Medicine

Miles Community College – Miles City, MT:

Programs:

  • Animal Science
  • Biofuels
  • Equine Studies
  • Health Care Informatics Emphasis
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • Radiologic Technology
  • RN Program - Associate’s

Montana School of Massage, Missoula, MT:

Programs:

  • Massage Therapy

Montana State University – Bozeman, MT:

Programs:

  • Addiction Counseling - Certificate
  • Animal Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Bachelors in Nursing
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Biology
  • Cell Biology and Neuroscience
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology - Bachelor's, Master's
  • Nursing Education - Certificate
  • Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Health
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Psychology
  • BioChemistry - Master's
  • Bioengineering - Master's
  • Health Sciences - Master's
  • Master's in Nursing
  • Psychology Master's
  • Montana Dietetic Internship
  • Immunology and Infectious Disease

Montana State University-Billings – Billings, MT:

Programs:

  • Associate of Science
  • Athletic Training
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health Administration
  • Health Education
  • Health & Human Performance
  • Health Promotion
  • LPN - Associate's
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Coding
  • Paramedic
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Psychology
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Rehabilitation and Related Services
  • RN Program - Associate’s
  • Surgical Technology

Montana State University - Gallatin College – Bozeman, MT:

Programs:

  • Medical Assistant - Certificate

Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology – Great Falls, MT:

Programs:

  • Dental Assisting/Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Dietitian Technician
  • Emergency Medical Services and EMT
  • EMT - Paramedic
  • Fire And Rescue Technology
  • Health Information Coding Specialist
  • Health Information Technology
  • Health Informatics Tech
  • Health Care Office Professional
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing Specialist
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Medical Transcription
  • Nursing - Associate's
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Practical Nurse - Associate's (LPN)
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Respiratory Care Therapy
  • Surgical Technology
  • Veterinary Technician

Montana State University-Northern – Havre, MT:

Programs:

  • Bachelor's in Nursing (BSN)
  • Biology
  • Counselor Education
  • Health Promotion
  • RN Program - Associate’s

Montana Tech of the University of Montana – Butte, MT:

Programs:

  • Addiction Treatment Services Certificate
  • Bachelor's in Nursing - BSN
  • Biology
  • Biological Sciences - Cellular Track
  • Biological Sciences - Organismal Track
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • Health Care Informatics
  • Health Care Informatics Graduate Certificate
  • Health Care Informatics Tech
  • Health Programs- College of Technology
  • Industrial Hygiene - Master's
  • Medical Assistant
  • Occupational Safety and Health - Applied Science
  • Physics
  • Pre-Professional Health - Medical Technology, Physical Therapy, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Pharmacy
  • Radiologic Technology - A.A.S.
  • RN Program - Associate’s

Montana Tech- Highlands College – Butte, MT:

Programs:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technology Certification
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Surgical Technology

Rocky Mountain College – Billings, MT:

Programs:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Equestrian Studies
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Psychology

Salish Kootenai College – Pablo, MT:

Programs:

  • B.S. in Nursing
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Assisting Technology
  • Medical Office Clerk
  • Psychology
  • RN Program - Associate’s

Stone Child College – Box Elder, MT:

Programs:

  • Addiction Studies
  • Allied Health
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • General Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

The Salon Professional Academy - Great Falls, MT:

Programs:

  • Esthetics
  • Massage Therapy

University of Great Falls - Great Falls, MT:

Programs:

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Counseling
  • Forensic Science (Tracks in Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Science)
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Psychology
  • RN to BSN
  • Sociology

University of Montana - Missoula – Missoula, MT:

Programs:

  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Forensic Studies
  • Gerontology - Minor
  • Health & Human Performance
  • Integrative Microbiology and Biochemistry - Master's
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Information Technology
  • Medical Reception
  • Medical Technology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience - Master's
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Physics
  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
  • Psychology
  • Public and Community Health Science
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Respiratory Care
  • Social Work
  • Surgical Technology
  • Toxicology - Master's
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Master's - Organismal Biology and Ecology
  • Master's - Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Master's - Psychology
  • Master's - Public Health
  • Master's - Speech and Language Pathology
  • Non-Profit Administration

University of Montana - Missoula College – Missoula, MT:

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Information Technology
  • Medical Reception - Certificate
  • Pharmacy Technology - Certificate
  • Practical Nursing
  • Pre-Professional Social Work
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Respiratory Care
  • RN Program - Associate’s (ASRN)
  • Surgical Technology

University of Montana Western – Dillon, MT:

Programs:

  • Biology - Integrative or Molecular Bioscience Concentrations
  • Equine Studies
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Psychology

Western Montana School of Equine Massage, Corvallis, MT:

Programs:

  • Equine Massage Therapy Certification

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