Boise State University Nursing School Review

With close to 20,000 students, Boise State University (BSU) is the largest university in Idaho. Opportunities for students are endless; just as an example, they can participate in more than 200 student organizations and choose among fifty study abroad sites. The university prides itself on its wide range of degree offerings: seventy-seven masters programs, ninety-nine baccalaureate programs, as well as associate degrees and graduate certificates. Several of these programs are in nursing, offered through Boise State University’s College of Health Sciences. These programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Boise State University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program takes five semesters to complete, not including prerequisite classes. Students must enroll at Boise State University and complete prerequisite course prior to applying to the BSN program. They can begin the nursing courses in either the fall or the spring semester. Students in the BSN program who are already Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) may be eligible to skip some of the nursing courses in the BSN program, based on their certificate in nursing and their practical work experience. This is determined on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with a pre-nursing advisor. At the end of the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN). If they are successful, they earn the title of Registered Nurse (RN) and can seek work.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN-BS Online/Distance Completion Option

Boise State University strongly encourages Registered Nurses (RN) who hold a diploma or associate degree to earn a full baccalaureate degree, both for personal fulfillment and for career advancement. In order to encourage working RNs to return to school, Boise State University keeps its RN-BSN program as flexible as possible. The classes are all offered in an online format. Students do not complete traditional clinical hours as part of the RN-BSN program. Instead, they work with their advisors to develop appropriate projects within their place of employment or within their community. The program consists of at least thirty credits. Students who have only a diploma in nursing or are missing some of the university core requirements will have to take more than thirty credits to earn the BSN degree.

Master of Science in Nursing/ Master in Nursing

Nurses who wish to take a leadership role in the healthcare field can pursue a master’s degree at Boise State University. Through the program, RNs learn about population nursing and public health, which trains them to work in a community promoting wellness and preventing diseases. The curriculum requires a total of thirty-nine credits, and is designed for working RNs. Students typically take six semesters to complete the program on a part-time basis. Boise State University awards both Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees and Master in Nursing (MN) degrees through this program. The curriculum for both degrees is almost exactly the same; the only difference is that a MSN student must complete a thesis while a MS student must complete a project.

Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725

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