BSN Programs in Idaho
There are just four nursing schools in Idaho that are in our database and have Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing programs.
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Full List of BSN Programs in Idaho
Featured BSN programs accepting Idaho applicants
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Campus-based programs in Idaho
Boise State University
1910 University Dr, Boise, ID 83725
At Boise, you are promised of an innovative pre-licensure BS in nursing for first time nursing students. The program is offered at the main campus in Downtown Boise. Freshmen intending to take the nursing major must take the nursing support and prerequisites courses required for the BSN. All courses in this category must be completed prior to placing a second application for consideration in the school of nursing.
An overall GPA of 3.0 or better is a must for eligibility for progression in the major. The major is spread-out in 5 full time semesters and classes start twice annually in the fall and spring semesters. Students can extent their academic excellence by applying for induction in the Mu Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International honor Society for nurses.
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Idaho State University
650 Memorial Dr, Pocatello, ID 83201
Students seeking admission to the undergraduate bachelor degree in nursing at Idaho State University (ISU) must first be admitted to the university on a general basis. Upon admission, freshmen complete the 1st 2 semesters of their college time taking nursing prerequisites courses. Students may then apply for the nursing program if they have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all college courses. Admission into the nursing major occurs at the start of spring semester of the sophomore year and applicants must take a TEAS V test and attain minimum scores of 80%. The major takes 5 semesters to complete and those starting as freshman at ISU take 8 regular full-time semesters.
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Lewis Clarke State College
500 8th Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501
The basic track Bachelor of Science in nursing program at LCSU is designed for entry-level high school graduates. It has two segments: a pre-nursing and nursing major portion. The pre-nursing program is designed for students to complete prerequisites courses and other nursing support courses. This segment consists of 37 general education credits and 23 nursing support credits. Going forward to the nursing major, students must have taken all their lower division courses. Nursing courses are only taught starting from the junior year and constitute 64 credits of the curriculum. Prior to starting any nursing course at junior level, students must attain a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) status.
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Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Blvd, Nampa, ID 83686
The professional BSN program is designed to take 4 years if students follow the set-out study plan and course sequence starting from the first year. Freshmen are admitted into the university to complete 3 semesters of nursing prerequisites courses. A second selection for those to continue to the major portion is based on the GPA of prior college work and TEAS scores. Preference for admission into the major is given to students who complete most of pre-nursing courses at NNU. The overall GPA must be 2.75 on a 4.0 scale on prerequisite work. Students may have exciting international study opportunities in selected locations like Peru, Nicaragua and Ukraine.
Mercy College of Health Sciences Nursing Program Review
Mercy College of Health Sciences (MCHS) has been training nurses in the Des Moines, Iowa area since 1899. It was originally a hospital-based diploma nursing school, associated with Mercy Hospital. Over the years, it added programs in clinical laboratory science, emergency medical services, medical assisting, radiologic technology, and many other areas, and officially took the name Mercy College of Health Sciences in 1995.
Mercy College of Health Sciences has accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) for its associate degree program, and it has accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its bachelor’s degree program.
Associate of Science in Nursing
Mercy College of Health Sciences’ Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program takes five semesters to complete. A student may enroll in the fall or the spring. The ASN curriculum includes both liberal arts classes (thirty-three credits) and nursing classes (thirty-nine credits). Clinical rotations are a key part of the ASN course sequence; an ASN student will complete rotations at Mercy Medical Center and other nearby healthcare facilities. At the conclusion of the five-semester program, a graduate may take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Mercy College of Health Sciences’ graduates have a high rate of success with this national test; over 95 percent of the graduates pass on the first try.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN
After graduating from an associate degree program or a diploma program, a Registered Nurse (RN) can complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree through the college’s online RN to BSN program. In cooperation with the Iowa Articulation Plan for RNs, Mercy College of Health Sciences awards the incoming RN with thirty-six advanced placement credits toward the nursing portion of the BSN curriculum. These credits are awarded after the RN completes the first, three-credit nursing class in the program.
In order to earn his BSN, he must take thirty-one additional nursing credits. All of these credits can be earned online. Mercy College of Health Sciences also has a substantial general education requirement, fifty-five credits in total. An RN must complete any of these missing credits before he can receive his BSN degree. The RN to BSN online program begins each fall, spring, and summer.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Integrated Option
Mercy College of Health Sciences provides the BSN Integrated Option for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing or have completed most (if not all) of the BSN general education requirements. If a student is eligible for this program, she will spend five semesters completing the ASN curriculum, leading up to the NCLEX-RN.
At the same time, she begins classes in the RN to BSN curriculum. After passing the NCLEX-RN, she can complete the rest of the RN to BSN curriculum in just one semester, as long as she has fulfilled the general education requirements. While she must take the ASN classes on campus, she can complete the RN to BSN classes online. At the conclusion of six semesters of full-time study, she will have an ASN degree and a BSN degree.
Nursing Assistant Short-Term Certificate
In just seven to fourteen weeks, a student can complete the Nursing Assistant Short-Term Certificate program. This requires a commitment of at least 150 hours. If he wishes, a student can progress from the basic 150-hour program into an advanced care section of the program. While this will help him hone his skills, it is not necessary in order to take the state certification exam. There are two optional advanced care sections of the nursing assistant program.
One requires seventy-five hours, and the other requires thirty hours. Mercy College of Health Sciences offers the nursing assistant program several times a semester, in the evenings and during the day. Upon completion of the certificate program, a graduate may take the state certification exam and become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). Mercy College of Health Sciences’ nursing assistant program is approved by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
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
Brigham Young University – Idaho Nursing School Review
Brigham Young University – Idaho (BYU–Idaho, BYU–I, or BYUI), is the largest private school in Idaho, serving approximately 15,000 students on its campus in Rexburg. It is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and it considers its religious foundation as a crucial, defining part of its mission. The nursing department at Brigham Young University – Idaho, in keeping with the university’s mission, incorporates the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints into its desired program outcomes.
BYUI offers both an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree in nursing; both programs have accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approval from the State of Idaho Board of Nursing.
Associate of Science in Nursing
The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program is the oldest nursing program at BYU- Idaho; it has been in existence since the 1950s. It takes four semesters to complete, and trains students for entry-level work as Registered Nurses (RN). Prospective students can enter the ASN program either through the traditional track or through the alternative track. The traditional track is designed for students who have taken less than forty-eight credits prior to beginning the program. Students in this track take between eight and fifteen credits per semester once they are enrolled, and they complete clinicals during daytime hours, Monday through Friday. Students who have taken more than forty-eight credits prior to beginning the ASN program take the alternative track. Since they have completed more courses going into this track, students generally take fewer credits each semester. They complete clinicals on the weekends. At the end of the program, students take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN Nursing Program
Although BYUI does not offer a traditional, pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, it does provide a pathway for RNs who hold an ASN to earn a BSN. To provide maximum flexibility to working RNs, BYU-Idaho offers this program in more than one format. A student may complete the whole program via distance learning, or may complete the program in a hybrid format, partly online and partly on-site. Depending on whether the student pursues the BSN degree on a full-time or part-time basis, the program takes three to six semesters. Clinical hours are a required component of this Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing program, but Brigham Young University – Idaho is willing to work with other healthcare agencies, so a motivated student can set up a clinical rotation in a location that is convenient for him.
Family Nursing Cluster
Drawing on the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, BYUI has developed a unique nursing program to help students care for those around them. This program, called the Family Nursing Cluster, is open to any student, nursing or non-nursing. The cluster consists of three classes which focus on nursing adults, nursing women, and nursing children. The classes do not lead to any kind of certification and nursing majors may not substitute them for any required classes; their main purpose is simply to train graduates to care for their families and those in their community.
Brigham Young University – Idaho
525 South Center Street
Rexburg, ID 83460
College of Southern Idaho Nursing Program Review
Since 1964, the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) has been serving residents of Twin Falls County, in the very southernmost part of Idaho. The college, which is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has close to 10,000 enrolled students, and offers both liberal arts programs and work-training programs.
Included in its work-training programs are two nursing programs, offered through the College of Southern Idaho’s department of Health Sciences and Human Services. Both programs are approved by the Idaho Board of Nursing and the Idaho State Board of Professional-Technical Education and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Here is a review of the programs:
Practical Nursing Certificate
The Practical Nursing program at the College of Southern Idaho takes eleven months (three semesters) to complete. Approximately 80 percent of the enrolled students do complete the program within this timeframe. Students may begin the program in either the fall or the spring semester, but before beginning they must complete prerequisite courses in English and math (or demonstrate competency through exam scores) and complete a CPR class. The total number of credits required for graduation is forty-nine. At the conclusion of the program, students are prepared to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX_PN). If they are successful, they become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and may seek work. Within six months of graduation, the College of Southern Idaho reports, approximately 75 percent of graduates find work in the field.
Associate Degree Nursing
Students who wish to work as Registered Nurses (RN) should pursue the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) track at the College of Southern Idaho. Before beginning, applicants must complete a chemistry class (high school chemistry is acceptable), English 101, and two other general education classes. Admission to the program is competitive; applicants typically wait a year to a year and half before room opens up. The stronger the candidate’s test scores, GPA, recommendations, etc., the higher up on the waiting list the candidate is placed. Once accepted to the program, a student must complete 74 credits total, including the prerequisite general education classes. At the end of the program, ADN students are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN). They can then pursue work in the nursing field, or transfer into a full Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at another college or university.
Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nursing Completion Program (LPN to RN)
The College of Southern Idaho provides a special track for LPNs who wish to advance in the nursing profession to earn the full ADN degree. Before beginning the Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nursing Completion Program, the LPN must complete all the general education requirements as well as an LPN transition course. She then enters the upper-level nursing courses in the ADN program, and if she successfully completes the first one, she can receive sixteen credits for the lower-level courses. At the end of the ADN program, she is eligible to advance into an RN position, provided she successfully passes the NCLEX_RN.
College of Southern Idaho
315 Falls Avenue
Twin Falls, ID 83303
Idaho State University Nursing School Review
Idaho State University (ISU) prides itself on its reputation in the health sciences field, as well as its overall academic record. From its locations in Pocatello, Meridian, Idaho Falls, Boise, and Twin Falls, it serves over 14,000 students, mostly in the areas of science and health science, but also in the liberal arts, business, engineering, and education. In particular, Idaho State University has very strong nursing programs, with options at the certificate level, associate-degree level, bachelor’s-degree level, and master’s-degree level. Programs are accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Idaho Board of Nursing.
Practical Nursing Certificate
Idaho State University’s College of Technology offers an Advanced Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing, designed to quickly prepare students to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). The program takes two and a half semesters of full-time study to complete and begins each fall. Before beginning, students must complete a one-credit class in Medication Administration; this is offered each summer before the start of the program in the fall. By the middle of the following summer, students are prepared to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX_PN). They may seek work as LPNs, or move directly into the Associate of Applied Science or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs at Idaho State University.
Associate of Applied Science – Registered Nurse
As part of its College of Technology, Idaho State University offers a program for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) to become Registered Nurses (RN). Before beginning, students must complete nine prerequisites, general education courses. This program takes three to four semesters to complete, not including the prerequisites, and begins each fall. Classes are offered in a distance-learning format, so students do not have to travel to campus to complete the program, although they may need to travel to complete labs/clinical hours. At the end of the program, the graduate is prepared to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN). He can seek work as an RN, and/or transition into one of the baccalaureates or graduate nursing programs offered through Idaho State University’s School of Nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in both Pocatello and Idaho Falls. The traditional, pre-licensure program takes four years to complete. A student enrolls at Idaho State University and completes three semesters worth of general education requirements and nursing prerequisites prior to beginning the nursing program in the spring of his sophomore year. Admission to the program is highly competitive; students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to be eligible, and accepted students typically score above the 80th percentile on the TEAS exam, which is part of the application process. When a student completes the four years, he is eligible to take the NCLEX_RN.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Accelerated Program
Idaho State University’s Accelerated BSN program is designed especially for students who hold a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing. The program takes only four semesters to complete, not including prerequisites. However, since these students have already completed an entire degree, they can apply for transfer credit for some, if not all, of the prerequisite courses. This program is only offered in Boise, Idaho.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – BSN Completion ( ADRN to BSN, LPN to BSN)
The RN completion track is open to RNs (who hold an associate degree) and Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to earn a full BSN. Since each student entering the program has a different educational background and needs to complete different prerequisites and core nursing classes, advisors develop a personalized curriculum for each BSN completion student. The length of the program varies depending on the plan. This nursing baccalaureate degree level program is offered in Pocatello, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls.
Master of Science in Nursing
Idaho State University offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) via distance learning. Students may complete the program either part-time (which will take three years) or full-time (which will take two years). They may work throughout the program, although the classroom and clinical requirements are rigorous. The number of credits and clinical hours required varies slightly, depending on the specialty chosen. Students can work toward certification as Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP), Nurse Educator, or Nurse Leader. Required credit hours range between forty and fifty-three, and clinical hours range between zero (Nurse Leader) and 816.
A nurse who already holds an MSN in one specialty may study another specialty through Idaho State University’s Post-master’s Certification track. Through this program, she can choose to become certified as a CNS, FNP, or Nurse Educator. She must complete at least twelve credits for this certification and may need to complete more depending on her previous education. A curriculum is developed in consultation with an advisor.
Idaho State University
921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, ID 83209
Lewis-Clark State College Nursing Program Review
Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC), located in Lewiston (close to the border of Washington), is a small public university. Just over 3000 students are enrolled in the college, studying business, liberal arts, science, and education. Lewis- Clark State College also offers a variety of work-training programs and non-credit continuing education classes. Among its professional programs are several nursing programs; Lewis-Clark State College offers a bachelor’s degree in nursing, as well as an associate degree in nursing.
Certified Nurse Assistant Training
Lewis-Clark State College’s Department of Workforce Training runs a course that trains Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA). While this could be a step into an entry-level position in the nursing field, it is also a required first step for students who wish to enroll in either the associate degree in nursing or the traditional bachelor’s degree in nursing. The course runs for twelve weeks. It consists of both classroom work (which can be completed either online or on-site) and clinical instruction. Courses are offered throughout the year.
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
Lewis-Clark State College’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing is approved by the Idaho Board of Nursing to train students to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). The program begins each spring, and takes sixteen months of full-time study to complete, including prerequisites. Before enrolling in the program, students must complete seventeen or eighteen credits of prerequisites, and become CNAs. Students take prerequisites in the fall semester, begin the nursing program in the spring, continuing studying through the summer, and graduate at the end of the next fall semester. They are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX_PN) at the end of the program.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Lewis-Clark State College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Prospective BSN students spend four semesters completing foundational, liberal arts courses as well as science prerequisites. They must also become CNAs before applying to the BSN program. After being accepted to the BSN program, they spend four semesters studying nursing in the classroom and in various clinical sites. Most clinical sites are close to Lewis-Clark State College’s campus, but sometimes students may need to commute as far as Spokane, Washington for clinical rotations. Including core requirements, BSN requirements, and clinical hours, students must earn 128 credits for graduation. By graduation, students are prepared to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN
To accommodate working RNs who wish to complete a full BSN degree, Lewis-Clark State College offers a special RN to BSN track via distance learning. All classes are available online, and students may arrange to do clinical hours in a location that is convenient for them. To earn the BSN degree, RNs must complete both general education requirements and nursing requirements, both of which are less than the requirements for the traditional BSN degree. Generally, an RN who holds an associate degree can receive thirty-five credits toward the general education core, leaving only four prerequisite classes to take. (This may vary depending on the RN’s transcript.) In addition to the prerequisites, a student must complete twenty-five credits of nursing courses. At the end of the program, the RN earns her BSN, and is poised for career advancement as well as graduate education in the nursing field. Like the traditional BSN program at Lewis-Clark State College, the RN to BSN track is accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – LPN to BSN
An LPN in good standing can earn a full BSN through the LPN to BSN bridge program. Unlike the RN to BSN track, the LPN to BSN track is not available online. The LPN must take all the general education/prerequisite courses that a student in the traditional BSN program has to take, but he is able to place out of the lower-level nursing courses on the basis of his education and work experience. An LPN has to earn forty-eight credits in total of nursing classes. The LPN to BSN program takes four semesters of full-time study, not including prerequisite coursework. At the conclusion of the program, the LPN is ready to take the NCLEX_RN, and advance into an RN position.
Lewis-Clark State College
500 8th Avenue
Lewiston, ID 83501
North Idaho College Nursing Program Review
From its scenic location on Lake Coeur d’Alene, North Idaho College (NIC) serves over 12,000 students in both non-credit, continuing education classes and in for-credit, degree programs. North Idaho College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges to offer associate degrees and certificates; students can go from the college directly into the workforce or they can transfer as juniors into baccalaureate degree programs at other colleges and universities that are part of the Idaho university system.
Included among North Idaho College’s wide range of professional programs are two in the field of nursing, both accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Practical Nursing Technical Certificate
Each fall, North Idaho College enrolls a class of students working toward a certificate in practical nursing. Enrolled students must already be Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA) and must have completed prerequisites in math, English (students can place out of this class through a North Idaho College exam), chemistry (high school chemistry is acceptable), psychology, and medical terminology. Biology is also required, although students may take this class during the first semester of the practical nursing program.
From the start of the program, students study full-time for eleven months, learning the fundamentals of caring for women, children, and the elderly, as well as the basics of surgical nursing and psychiatric nursing. At the end of the program, students are prepared to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX_PN). If they are successful, graduates earn the title of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN).
Associate Degree Nursing
Every fall and every spring, North Idaho College begins the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. This program prepares students to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN) and to work as Registered Nurses (RN). Before applying to the program, students must complete CNA certification, take a class in medical terminology, and complete prerequisites. Prerequisites include algebra (if competency is demonstrated through ACT/SAT/COMPASS, this requirement is waived), English, and two biology classes.
There are additional general education requirements; a student may complete these either before enrolling in the ADN program or while enrolled in the program. Not counting the prerequisites, the ADN program takes four semesters of full-time study. After earning the ADN, students may take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN).
Associate Degree Nursing – LPN to RN
Licensed Practical Nurses can transition into the ADN program through the LPN to RN bridge track at North Idaho College. To be eligible, an LPN must demonstrate that she has worked 750 hours in the last three years. The medical terminology and CNA license requirements are waived in the admission process.
An LPN must complete all general education classes and prerequisites, as well as an LPN transition course, but she may skip the first two semesters worth of nursing classes in the ADN program. She begins with the upper-level nursing courses, the courses that a traditional ADN student takes in the third and fourth semesters of the program. At the end of the LPN-RN program, an LPN may take the NCLEX-RN and, if successful, begin working as an RN.
North Idaho College
1000 West Garden Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Northwest Nazarene University Nursing School Review
Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), a Christian college affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, is located in Nampa, Idaho, in the southwest region of the state. In addition to its main campus in Nampa, Northwest Nazarene University offers classes in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and Boise. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Over 2000 students are enrolled in the university’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and more than 6000 other students take advantage of the available continuing education classes. Some of the degree-seeking students at Northwest Nazarene University are prospective nurses, as well as nurses pursuing higher education and career advancement. Here is a review of the available nursing options at Northwest Nazarene University:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program was one of Northwest Nazarene University’s first programs. It started in 1920, in partnership with the Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing. Now it is an independent program, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The BSN program is a traditional, four-year course of study. Prospective nurses enroll at Northwest Nazarene University and spend a year completing general education requirements and nursing prerequisites. In the spring of their first year, they apply to the BSN program.
The BSN program, while fully training students in the skills of nursing, has a strong liberal arts core. If accepted, students spend the next three years simultaneously taking liberal arts classes and nursing classes. In addition to expanding students’ horizons through liberal arts classes, the BSN program provides students with the opportunity to broaden their worldview through mission trips to medically underserved countries such as Nicaragua, Ukraine, and Peru. At the end of the four-year program, students sit for the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN), and if they pass, begin working as Registered Nurses (RN).
Master of Science in Nursing
Northwest Nazarene University offers a Master of Science (MSN) degree which prepares nurses for certification as Nurse Educators. The program is designed with working RNs in mind; all classes are online and may be completed at the student’s convenience. Typically, an MSN student takes six to nine credits per semester; the total number of credits required is thirty-six.
The MSN course of study is open to both nurses with a BSN and nurses with an associate degree. Nurses with an associate degree, however, must take prerequisite classes in nursing and science. The prerequisite nursing classes are offered in both the fall and the spring; the actual MSN program starts in the fall. As part of the nursing education program, students complete a teaching internship and an evidence-based research project.
An RN who enters the MSN program with a BSN can expect to complete the program in two years, while an RN who holds an associate degree can complete the MSN program in three years. Like the BSN program, Northwest Nazarene University’s MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Northwest Nazarene University
623 South University Boulevard
Nampa, ID 83686