Idaho doesn’t have a long list of campus-based nursing programs, but its nursing programs are still streamlined to produce as many qualified nursing graduates as possible.

Like other areas of the United States, Idaho is trying to cope with a nursing shortage, and has responded by increasing the number of accelerated degree programs, distance learning options, financial aid offers, and other things that help lure students to nursing degree programs.

Idaho’s nursing programs are also pretty diverse, ranging from those offered by large universities, to smaller state or community colleges. Students can also choose from practical nursing programs all the way up to post-graduate degrees, which means that there are an abundance of potential career paths open to Idaho nursing graduates. Whether you want to work for a large state hospital, a small private practice, or a university as a nursing educator, Idaho’s nursing degree programs can give you the educational background you need.

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Financial Aid and Other Incentives for Idaho Nursing Students

One of the biggest obstacles to attracting new students to any degree program is tuition fees. To help overcome this, there are plenty of different financial aid packages and other types of tuition help available for Idaho nursing students, including scholarships, tuition reimbursement from employers, an education incentive loan forgiveness program, and the Idaho Nursing Scholarship.

There are also plenty of other, smaller scholarships available for motivated nursing students. Some of these are offered by small schools, but there are plenty of others put out by independent organizations, and even by hospitals themselves. School can be expensive, but prospective students shouldn’t let that deter them from pursuing a nursing degree.

Careers for Idaho Nurses

Idaho is home to a variety of socioeconomic and geographic areas, and nursing salaries will vary accordingly. An RN working as a hospital staff nurse in Boise will earn a median annual salary of $61,786, while the same nurse working in Pocatello would earn $55,016. These are just median figures, however- in reality, Idaho nursing salaries can range anywhere from around $45,000 all the way to the mid $70,000s. All figures are from the BLS.

Idaho Board of Nursing

Idaho’s Board of Nursing is the place to go for all things related to working as a nurse in Idaho. It’s a wealth of information on licensing and examinations, approved nursing programs, continuing education for nursing graduates, health care laws, industry news, and more. The Idaho Board of Nursing can be reached at 280 North 8th Street, Suite 210, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID, 83720 or on their website.

Idaho Nursing Degrees by Program

Use the quick links below to view detailed information on the specific nursing degree you are considering. Includes degree info and school options in your state.

Become a Nurseprograms for non nurses
Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing (BSN) in Idaho
Second Degree BSN Degrees in Idahofor those with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree
Associate’s Degrees in Nursing (ADN) in Idaho
RN (Registered Nurse) Programs in Idaho
LPN / LVN Programs in Idaho

Bridge / Transition Nursing Programsfor current nurses
RN to BSN Programs in Idaho
RN to MSN Programs in Idaho

Advanced Nursing Degrees
Master of Science in Nursing Degrees (MSN) in Idaho
Direct Entry MSN Degrees
Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degrees

Online Nursing Programs
Online RN to BSN Programs
Online RN to MSN Programs
Online LPN to RN Programs
Online MSN Programs
Online Doctorate of Nursing (DNP) Programs

Nursing Scholarship & Grant Information for Idaho

The following nursing scholarships and grants are for graduating Idaho high school seniors and students already enrolled in Idaho nursing programs.

Idaho Nurses Foundation, Inc.
The Foundation provides nursing scholarships for Idaho residents enrolled in qualified nursing programs in Idaho.  Scholarships are also available for nurses seeking additional education.  Award amounts vary and applications are accepted three times each year.  For applications, write the Foundation, c/o Florence Whipple Scholarship Fund, 2417 Bank Drive, Suite 111, Boise, ID 83705.

Idaho Community Foundation
Several scholarships are available from the Foundation for nursing students.  In addition to general scholarships for higher education, the Caldwell Memorial Hospital Health Services Scholarship Fund offers nursing scholarships to nursing students that live in the immediate area served by the Hospital. For detailed scholarship information, contact the Foundation at 210 West State Street, Boise, ID 83702 or by calling them at (208) 342-3535.

Educational Institute Nursing Scholarships
If you are currently enrolled in a nursing program, your school may offer nursing scholarships and grants.  To find out, visit your school’s financial aid office or the nursing department.  Both should have applications and guidelines available for each scholarship and grant you may be eligible for.  Ask for any changes in deadlines.  Carefully review submission requirements.  Examples of institutional-based nursing scholarships and grants in Idaho follow.

Idaho State University
The School of Nursing offers nearly 15 scholarships for nursing students.  Students also have more than 40 additional general scholarship opportunities through the University.  These scholarships focus on financial need, academic achievement, or residency eligibility. The Mary Louise Todd Memorial Scholarship is for nursing students enrolled in the Licenses Practical Nursing program. Students must be a resident of Idaho and maintain a 3.00 GPA to be eligible for the scholarship. The Rose Ainsworth Pyrah Nursing Scholarship is for part-time undergraduate or graduate nursing students. This scholarship is offered annually and is based on demonstrated financial need, character and academics. Award amounts for all scholarships vary.  Students can contact the nursing department or financial aid office for information on available nursing scholarships.

Employer-Sponsored Nursing Scholarships
Local employers may sponsor nursing scholarships and grants. Financial assistance can be available in two ways.  Employers may offer scholarships to employees and their children who meet specific criteria.  Additionally, health care employers may provide scholarships to outstanding nursing students with the requirement that the students work for the employer upon graduating for a specified number of years.  The IDACORP, Inc. Corporate Giving Program is an example of an employer in Idaho that offers scholarships.

Rogers Brothers Foundation
Rogers Brothers offers nursing scholarships to graduating high school students who are children of employees of the company.  Award amounts vary between $500 and $1,500.  For applications, you can contact the Foundation at c/o Bank of Commerce, P.O. Box 1887, Idaho Falls, ID 83403.

Community-Based Nursing Scholarships
There may be nursing scholarships and grants available based on where you live.  Local civic and other community groups often provide scholarships to residents.  Some may require the student to pursue post-graduate employment within the community.  Others simply provide nursing scholarships as rewards for outstanding achievement.  Your community foundation may offer nursing scholarships and grants.  Contact the foundation directly to learn about scholarship programs.  The Mr. & Mrs. Henry B. Kingsbury Scholarship Fund and Bruce Mitchell Foundation offer community-based scholarships for nursing students.

Mr. & Mrs. Henry B. Kingsbury Scholarship Fund
The Fund offers scholarships to nursing students who graduated from a high school in Shoshane County, Idaho.  Scholarship award amounts vary and are available for undergraduate students only.  Applications must be submitted by mid-April annually.  For application forms and guidelines, write the Fund, c/o H.F. Magnuson & Co., P.O. Box 469, Wallace, ID 83873.

Bruce Mitchell Foundation
High school students graduating from Parma High School in Idaho are eligible for nursing scholarships from the Foundation for undergraduate study.  Award amounts vary.  For applications and guidelines, write the Foundation at 12038 West Mesquite Drive, Boise, ID 83713.  Completed applications must be submitted to the Foundation, P.O. Box 443, Parma, ID 83660 by mid-April annually.

List of Top Nursing Schools, Colleges & Accredited Programs in Idaho

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List of Idaho Nursing Schools

Boise State University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1910 University Dr
Boise, Idaho 83725
Phone:(208) 426-4143
Fax: (208) 426-1379
Website: www.boisestate.edu
Boise State University is a 4-year, public institution.

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (ADN)
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
425 Center St.
Rexburg, Idaho 83460
Phone:(208) 496-4550
Fax: (208) 496-4553
Website: www.byui.edu
Brigham Young University-Idaho is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.

Carrington College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1122 North Liberty Street
Boise, ID 83704
Phone: (877) 206-2106
Website: carrington.edu

College of Southern Idaho

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Licensed Practical Nursing to Registered Nurse (LPN/RN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
315 Falls Ave.
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
Phone:(208) 733-9554
Phone: (800) 680-0274
Website: www.csi.edu
College of Southern Idaho is a 2-year, public institution.

College of Western Idaho

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
5500 East Opportunity Drive, Nampa, Idaho 83687
Phone:(208) 562-3000
Fax: (888) 562-3216
Website: www.cwidaho.cc
College of Western Idaho is a 2-year, public institution.

Eastern Idaho Technical College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
1600 S 25th E
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83404-5788
Phone:(208) 524-3000 x3371
Phone: (800) 662-0261
Website: www.eitc.edu
Eastern Idaho Technical College is a 2-year, public institution.

Idaho State University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) to Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)’
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Clinical Nurse Leader Option
Clinical Nurse Specialist Option
Family Nurse Practitioner Option
Nursing Education Option
Nursing Leadership Option
Post-Master’s of Science in Nursing Certificate
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
921 S 7th Ave
Pocatello, Idaho 83209
Phone:(208) 282-0211
Website: www.isu.edu
Idaho State University is a 4-year, public institution.

ITT Technical Institute-Boise

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN))
12302 W. Explorer Dr
Boise, Idaho 83713-1529
Phone:(208) 322-8844
Phone: (800) 666-4888
Website: www.itt-tech.edu
ITT Technical Institute-Boise is a 4-year, primarily associate’s, private for-profit institution.

Lewis-Clark State College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN/BSN)’
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
500 8th Ave
Lewiston, Idaho 83501-2698
Phone:(208) 792-5272
Website: www.lcsc.edu
Lewis-Clark State College is a 4-year, public institution.

North Idaho College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1000 West Garden Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814-2199
Phone:(208) 769-3300
Phone: (877) 404-4536
Website: www.nic.edu
North Idaho College is a 2-year, public institution.

Northwest Nazarene University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
625 University Blvd
Nampa, Idaho 83686-5897
Phone:(208) 467-8650
Phone: (877) 668-4968
Website: www.nnu.edu
Northwest Nazarene University is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.


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