ACCELERATED BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
The Idaho State University School of Nursing is pleased to inform you of innovative changes being made to the curriculum, enhancing our program to ensure our graduates are prepared for nursing in today's changing health care environments. Important areas of emphasis include inter-professional care management, nursing of rural and diverse populations, genetics, evidence-based practice, patient-centered care, and informatics.
The changes do not affect your projected graduation date or course requirements, but merely re-organize the sequence of the university courses required for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Please review the appropriate document outlining the courses you should take in the spring of 2015. Contact numbers for each program are included in the forms. You are STRONGLY encouraged to contact the ISU School of Nursing Advisors to ensure a successful and complete application.
Click here for those applying to the Accelerated nursing program.
The Idaho State University-Meridian Accelerated Nursing undergraduate degree is offered to individuals who have a bachelor's degree in another discipline and wish to make a career change. This program is four semesters in length and admits 30 students every spring semester. Classes are taught on the Meridian campus through three formats, online interactive telecommunication, and face to face. Clinical experiences are offered in the simulation lab and at a variety of off- campus settings, including community hospitals, community health facilities, service agencies, and schools.
The Accelerated Program provides learning opportunities for undergraduate students in a variety of classroom and clinical settings to prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Examination Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) to secure licensure as a professional nurse.
The Importance of a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is a critical first step for a career in professional nursing. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, recognizes the BS degree in nursing as the minimum educational requirement for a professional nursing practice. Recommendations by AACN state that education has a significant impact on the knowledge and competencies of the nurse clinician.
Nurses with BS degrees are well-prepared to meet the demands placed on today's nurse. Bachelor of Science nurses are prized for their skills in critical thinking, leadership, case management, and health promotion, and for their ability to practice across a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Nurse executives, federal agencies, the military, leading nursing organizations, health care foundations, community hospitals, and minority nurse advocacy groups all recognize the unique value that baccalaureate-prepared nurses bring to the practice setting. Following the nursing curriculum prepares students to become professional registered nurses and includes the following essential components of all baccalaureate nursing programs: a liberal education, professional values, core competencies, core knowledge, and role development.
The online application for 2015 admission to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will be open from June 2, 2015 through September 15, 2014.
The applicant is required to apply to Idaho State University and to the School of Nursing.
Apply to ISU
*There is a $50.00 application fee to Idaho State University. Apply as Transfer Undergraduate/ Nursing Pre-major.
Apply to the School of Nursing
*There is a $50.00 application fee to the School of Nursing.
Professional Fee for Nursing BSN = $836 per semester.
In addition to ISU tuition and fees, a professional fee is assessed for all undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Nursing. Professional fees for the nursing programs are used to support faculty salaries, instruction support services, durable & disposable equipment and supplies, faculty and staff program travel, capital equipment and a reserve for maintenance and purchase of major capital items.
Costs for tuition and general fees at
ISU are listed on the Cost of Attendance Page
The School of Nursing annually awards approximately $42,000 in scholarships.
See Idaho State University scholarship information
Application and Admission Requirements
The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to Idaho State University. In addition to the general requirements of Idaho State University, the student must comply with the following:
- Earned Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in Set A prerequisites Addendum I and II.
- Prerequisite courses - See Addendum document Addendum I and II.
- Mandatory attendance at the orientation for the Accelerated Nursing Program to be held on the ISU-Meridian campus in following admission.
Selection Process for the Accelerated Nursing Program 2015 Admission Cycle
Application deadline for the Accelerated Nursing Program is September 15, 2014. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted in October 2014. Admission decisions will be made and acceptance letters sent by November 15, 2014. For accepted candidates, attendance at an on-site orientation in Meridian, Idaho will be required.
Applicant selection is based upon:
- Prerequisite GPA - The GPA is ranked based upon the calculation of grades from the prerequisite courses (Set A)
- Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) - The score of the TEAS V is ranked.
- Personal interview - Selected applicants may be contacted for a personal interview during the admission process. Interviews will be conducted in the Accelerated Nursing Department, and will be a determining factor in the ranking process. Interviews do not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. The results of the interview may exclude an applicant from acceptance, despite GPA and/or TEAS score.
School of Nursing prerequisites, admission requirements, and frequently asked questions:
Review tuition, fees and costs:
*Idaho State University and School of Nursing costs related to attendance.
*The fees for the nursing program are $836.00 per semester (program consists of 4 semesters: Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring).
Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to:
Administrative Assistant I
Idaho State University School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences