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Idaho Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide contains important information on the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered by the colleges and universities in Idaho. Students can pick from numerous nursing concentrations at many schools, including adult gerontology nurse practitioner, nursing populations, family nurse practitioner, and nursing education. Students also have alternative options to earning a nursing degree. Select schools also offer online bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs that allow students to fulfill degree requirements from a distance while completing the necessary clinical requirements in their hometowns.

Schools with Nursing Programs

  • 7 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 6 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 3 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • 2 schools ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2017 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs: Brigham Young University (#97, MSN; DNP not ranked), University of Utah (#31, MSN; #22, DNP).

Instutitional Facts for Schools with Nursing Programs

  • Highest graduation rate: Brigham Young University Idaho 61%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Boise State University 27%, Lewis-Clark State College 27%.1
  • Highest net price: Northwest Nazarene University $19,789.1
  • Lowest net price: College of Southern Idaho $6,269.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Idaho with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $7,968 – $20,857.2

Below you will find more information about the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Idaho.

Schools in Idaho with Nursing Degrees

Associate’s in Nursing Programs

College of Western Idaho
The College of Western Idaho offers an associate degree nursing program that prepares graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and pursue work as entry-level professional registered nurses. The program seeks to help students develop safe and effective nursing skills, including judgment and critical thinking, as well as the spirit of inquiry and desire for lifelong learning. The degree typically takes 24 months to complete after prerequisites are satisfied. Required courses include Nursing Specialties, Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing, and Introductory Microbiology. The College of Western Idaho’s Associate of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Eastern Idaho Technical College
Eastern Idaho Technical College’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree program provides graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to work as professional registered nurses in a variety of healthcare settings. The admissions process is competitive and uses a points-based system to select qualified applicants for each starting term. Once admitted, the program takes 68 to 72 credit hours to complete and includes such courses as Advanced Foundations of Nursing Practice, Mental Health Nursing Principles, and Integration of Professional Nursing. A clinically-based capstone experience is also included in the curriculum. Eastern Idaho Technical College additionally offers a practical nursing program.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs

Idaho State University
Idaho State University confers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the four-year, 123 credit program. The nursing curriculum itself generally takes five semesters to complete with students taking coursework on campus, online, and via interactive telecommunication. Nursing majors are encouraged to join the on-campus chapters of the Student Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nursing students. The nursing program is competitive, accepting only 70 applicants each year and students begin their nursing coursework in the spring semester. Graduates of the program are prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

Northwest Nazarene University
Undergraduate students at Northwest Nazarene University can pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a four-year program that combines both general education and nursing coursework. Nursing majors will take courses in lifespan development, nutrition, childbearing family, and nursing research. Students may want to join the Student Nurses Association. Nursing majors also have the opportunity to serve in missionary trips to such areas as Nicaragua, Peru, and the Ukraine. Scholarships, such as H.E.L.P. (Health Education Leadership Program), are available to help fund eligible nursing majors’ studies. Applications are due March 1 with students notified of acceptance around June 15.

Master’s in Nursing Programs

Boise State University
Graduate students at Boise State University can pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a Master of Nursing (MN) in Nursing of Populations, or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Students pursuing the adult gerontology nurse practitioner degree may opt for the primary care track or the acute care track. Regardless of the track, students must complete a minimum of 47 credits in such core coursework as foundations of knowledge and theory for advanced nursing, concepts of population nursing in health systems, advanced research and scholarly inquiry for nursing, and leadership for advanced nursing practice. Students in the nursing populations program will study policy-making and learn how to improve the health outcomes of populations in need. The nursing populations program spans six semesters on a part-time basis.

Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University offers a Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner program which emphasizes direct care and health promotion. Graduates are prepared to work in urban as well as rural populations with children, adults, and older adults. The Brigham Young College of Nursing has relationships with various clinical agencies in Utah and helps students arrange the required clinical practicums to earn the master’s degree. Students also have access to an advanced research center with staff who are available to assist with research projects. Admission to the program is competitive, with approximately 15 students admitted each year. To be considered for admission students must hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an appropriately accredited school, have a current RN license in Utah with at least one year of work experience, and meet other prerequisites.

NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in Idaho

The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit Idaho nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the Idaho Board of Nursing (https://ibn.idaho.gov/IBNPortal/).

SchoolADN or LVN ProgramBSN ProgramGraduate Nursing ProgramACEN/CCNE Accredited*NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate**Number TakingNCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate**Number TakingNet Price***
Boise State UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A93.5%N/A$11,571
Brigham Young UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A94.9%N/A$8,624
College of Southern Idaho (ASN to RN)YesNoNoACENN/AN/A100%N/A$6,269
College of Western IdahoYesNoNoACENN/AN/A100%N/A$6,325
Eastern Idaho Technical CollegeYesNoNoNo97%N/A86%N/A$11,690
Idaho State University (ASN)YesYesYesACENN/AN/AN/AN/A$13,234
Idaho State University (BSN)YesYesYesCCNEN/AN/A92%N/A$13,234
Idaho State University (MSN)YesYesYesCCNEN/AN/A97%N/A$13,234
Lewis-Clark State CollegeYesYesNoCCNE100%N/A89%N/A$14,881
North Idaho College (Generic ADN)YesNoNoACENN/AN/A95%N/A$6,287
North Idaho College (LPN to RN)YesNoNoACENN/AN/A100%N/A$6,287
Northwest Nazarene UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A94.59%N/A$19,789

*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.4,5
**Pass rates for the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN exams are as reported by the individual nursing programs; for more information, please see the references below. You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
3. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=ID&major=nursing&sort=best
4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
5. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs
6. Boise State University: https://hs.boisestate.edu/nursing/2015/02/13/nclex-passing-rate/
7. Brigham Young University: http://nursing.byu.edu/about/history/factbook.aspx
8. College of Southern Idaho: https://hshs.csi.edu/registered_nursing/pdf/NCLEX%20Pass%20Rates.pdf
9. College of Western Idaho: http://cwidaho.cc/program/nursing
10. Eastern Idaho Technical College: http://www.eitc.edu/falcons/resources/about/year-7-report-final.pdf
11. Idaho State University: http://www.isu.edu/media/libraries/division-of-health-sciences/annual-report-FY14.compressed.pdf
12. Lewis-Clark State College: https://dfm.idaho.gov/publications/bb/strategicplans/education/stratplan_lcsc.pdf
13. North Idaho College: http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/programs/file/nursingADNNCLEXPassRates.pdf
14. Northwest Nazarene University: https://academicaffairs.nnu.edu/files/download/0eb9dedf695d98e