CNA Classes in Montana (MT)

To become a Certified Nursing Assistant in Montana you need to enroll in a CNA training course. This is monitored by the ‘Montana Department of Health’. You then need to take and pass an exam. When you have you will be enlisted in the state registry.

Before You Start.

Before you can take training you need at least;

  • Be 18 years of age;
  • You must have current immunization.
  • You need to have a criminal background check, including for felonies and fingerprints.
  • You need to take a complete physical exam. You must have a negative drug and TB testing.
  • Must have a GED or High School Graduation.

How to Apply.

You can skip the training and go straight to the exams if any of the below applies to you-

  • Nursing students – who has finished the nursing course
  • Lapsed Candidates – who has certification that is expired for less than 24 months and they are listed as inactive in the state’s nursing aide’s registry.
  • Challengers – whose learning and experience qualify them to sit directly for the exam.
  • Endorsement – these are candidates who earned their CNAs in states other than Montana.

You can get the application form by downloading it here.

Candidates, who think they can skip the training, can check to find training programs that are approved by the state’s nursing board.

In Montana, CNA training programs requires 24 hours hands-on training and 50 hours in the classroom under the regulation of RN.


In Montana, it takes roughly $ 1000 to take the CNA training course. This does not include the testing fees.

Candidates must take an evaluation check (Montana Nurse Aide Skills Competency Check List) before taking the exam. The actual exam is in two parts – a written test and skills test.

The testing fees are as follows-

  • Written Test- $ 20.
  • Skills Tests- $ 77.
  • Oral Test- $ 31.
  • Skills retest- $ 77.

Certificate Renewal.

The license stays valid for 2 years from the issuing date. The notification for renewal is sent to the CNA around 2-3 months before it runs out. On the expiration of the certificate, candidates need to take the training course of 75 hours or they can challenge the CNA testing.

No fees are charged for renewal. You will have to pay if you have an inactive status.  This means that you have not been a CNA for over 23 months.

Must Know Facts.

  • According Federal Law, if you work at a Medicare approved skilled nursing facilities, you don’t have to pay the CNA training and testing fees. Those costs are met by your employer.
  • When you apply for the exam you have to prove that you have taken the training and send a copy of your training certificate with the form.
  • If you don’t pass in three attempts you have to do the training again. If you want help to get ready for the exam you can go here.

Traditional Classes Training Centers

School City Phone
Miles Community College Missoula (406) 874-6100 Request Information
Dawson Community College Great Falls (406) 377-3396 Request Information
Flathead Valley Community College Kalispell (406) 756-3906 Request Information
Community Hospital of Anaconda Anaconda (406) 563-8500
Fallon Medical Complex CAH Baker (406) 778-5185
Big Sandy Medical Center Big Sandy (406) 378-2189
Billings Clinic Billings (406) 238-2500
Billings Health and Rehab Community Billings (406) 656-6500
Eagle Cliff Manor Billings (406) 245-9330
St John-s Lutheran Ministeries Billings (406) 655-5600
Valley Health Care Center Billings (406) 656-5010
Mountain View Care Center Bozeman (406) 587-2218
Copper Ridge Health and Rehab Center Butte (406) 723-3225
University of Montana COT Butte (406) 243-2763
Sweet Memorial Nursing Home Chinook
Teton Nursing Home Choteau (406) 466-5338
McCone County Health Center Circle
Elkhorn Healthcare and Rehab Clancy (406) 933-8311
Montana Veteran-s Home Columbia Falls (406) 892-3256
Deer Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Deer Lodge (406) 846-1655
Parkview Acres Care and Rehab Center Dillon (406) 683-5105
Stone Child College Box Elder (406) 395-4875
Madison Valley Manor Ennis 40-6683
Rosebud Health Care Center Forsyth (406) 346-2161
Missouri River Medical Center Nursing Home Glasgow
Home Care Services Glendive (406) 228-4200
Benefis Health Care Great Falls (406) 455-5000
Valley View Home Great Falls (406) 228-2461
Missouri River Care and Rehab Center Hamilton (406) 771-4500
Spectrum Medical Hamilton (406) 455-5000
The Discovery Care Center Hardin (406) 363-2273
Valley View Estates Health Care Center Harlem (406) 363-1144
Big Horn County Hospital Havre (406) 665-2310
Aaniiih Nakoda College Helena (406) 353-2607
Northern Montana Care Center Jordan (406) 265-2211
Garfield County Health Center Nursing Home Kalispell (406) 557-2500
University of Montana COT Kalispell (406) 444-6800
Heritage Place Laurel (406) 755-0800
Immanuel Lutheran Home Lewistown (406) 752-9622
Laurel Health and Rehabilitation Lewistown (406) 628-8251
Central Montana Skilled Nursing Center Libby (406) 535-7711
Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center Livingston (406) 538-7451
Libby Healthcare Malta (406) 293-6285
Livingston Health and Rehabilitation Miles City (406) 222-0672
Phillips County Medical Center Miles City (406) 654-1100
Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center Missoula (406) 542-4015
Heart and Hands Training Missoula (406) 234-1747
University of Montana COT Pablo (406) 243-2763
Village Health Care Center Plentywood (406) 728-9162
Salish-Kootenai College Red Lodge (406) 275-4800
Cedar Wood Villa Ronan (406) 446-2525
Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home Ronan (406) 765-3700
Kickinghorse Jobs Corps Center Scobey (406) 644-2217
St Luke Community Nursing Home Shelby (406) 676-2900
Daniels Memorial Hospital Sidney (406) 487-2296
Marias Care Center Superior (406) 434-3200
Sidney Health Center - Extended Care White Sulphur Springs (406) 488-2100
Mineral Community Hospital Whitefish (406) 822-4841
Whitefish Care and Rehab Center Whitefish (406) 862-3557
Mountain View Medical Center Wibaux (406) 547-3321
Wibaux County Nursing Home Wibaux (406) 796-2429

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