School of Nursing


from the Dean of the School of Nursing

It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the School of Nursing (SON) in the Division of Health Sciences (DHS) at Idaho State University (ISU). The mission of the SON is to prepare exemplary nurse leaders who integrate education, service and research to enhance the health outcomes and quality of life for diverse and rural populations. The SON degree programs are designed to prepare you for your future with an education that is first-rate and current with healthcare trends.

The School has a wonderful reputation both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Our growing and dynamic School offers graduate and undergraduate degrees (BSN Traditional, BSN Accelerated, and Bachelor of Science completion for ADRNs and LPNs) to prepare the graduate in advanced practice, nursing and research roles. More than ever, nurses play a critical and complex role in health care. Our high quality, innovative educational programs include opportunities to experience simulation, distance education, online education, and in person intensives at locations across the state of Idaho, regionally, and nationally. Please explore our educational programs.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Nursing started in Fall 2013. The PhD in Nursing at ISU was the first nursing doctoral degree program and the only PhD in Nursing program in the state of Idaho. The PhD program will prepare the student to conduct independent research, collaborate as a scholar and leader, and educate nurses for improving health and health care globally for rural and vulnerable individuals, families and communities within existing cultural, geographical, and health care context. An interprofessional research focus will provide an opportunity for students to learn by collaborating with other professionals, and prepare graduates for leading change and advancing health and health care systems. The PhD in Nursing graduate develops the science, stewards the profession, educates the next generation of nurses, and defines it uniqueness.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program also started in Fall 2013. The DNP will prepare clinical leaders for comprehensive clinical nursing practice that influences health outcomes. The primary goal of the DNP program is to prepare experts in advanced nursing practice in specialized areas with an emphasis on innovation and evidence based application to improve health care outcomes. Graduates will use clinical scholarship, scientific evidence and analytical methods to manage directly the complex problems of individuals, families, communities, and populations. The DNP is the terminal practice doctoral degree in nursing consistent with other health professions practice doctorates in Audiology (Aud.D.), Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), and Physical Therapy (DPT).

ISU is well positioned as a Carnegie-classified research high institution to offer the PhD in Nursing and the DNP practice doctorate, meeting national trends for nursing education. This is an exciting time for the School of Nursing as we move forward to prepare PhD in Nursing graduates who will educate our next generation of nurse scientists, and DNP graduates who will provide state of the art evidence based expert advanced practice nursing care. These doctoral programs will expand ISU SON graduate options which include the Master's degree in Nursing Leadership and Nursing Education.

We are extremely proud of our students, faculty and staff, as well as the professional success of our alumni. The School of Nursing is a key component of the vibrant Division of Health Sciences at Idaho State University. We look forward to the future as we realize our vision to be an internationally renowned College of Nursing.

Mary A. Nies

Mary A. Nies, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAHB
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing


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Pocatello, Idaho, 83209