School of Nursing


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.

Online Application

Applications for January 2015 admission to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program will open May 15, 2014.


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

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:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Prerequisite courses - Addendum I.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in Set A prerequisites.
  4. Competitive score on Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V).
  5. Completed application to the School of Nursing by established deadline.
  6. If selected as a candidate for admission, completion of an admission interview by the Accelerated Nursing Admissions Committee. If the applicant resides at a distance over 100 miles, an interview by videoconference may be provided for at the student's expense.
  7. Mandatory attendance at the orientation for the Accelerated Nursing Program to be held on the ISU-Meridian campus in November following admission.

Application Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to Idaho State University, and comply with all requirements of the School of Nursing:

  1. Application to Idaho State University and to the School of Nursing (separate application process) with payment of appropriate fees.
  2. Submission of official transcripts from all colleges attended to the ISU Office of Admissions.
  3. Submission of official transcripts to the ISU Accelerated Nursing Program verifying completed baccalaureate degree and all nursing prerequisite/corequisite courses.
  4. Submission of Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) score. The TEAS V may be taken one time per application cycle. Documentation of the TEAS V score must be submitted with the application.
  5. Completed Health Evaluation Form. This is a healthcare provider statement verifying applicant's physical, cognitive, and sensory capacity. Exam and form must be completed within one year prior to application deadline - Addendum II.
  6. Verification of criminal history check performed between May 15 and September 15 of the application year. The criminal history check is required annually during the nursing program - Addendum II.

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 1, 2014. For accepted candidates, attendance at an on-site orientation in Meridian, Idaho will be required in early December 2014.

Applicant selection is based upon:

  1. Prerequisite GPA - The GPA is ranked based upon the calculation of grades from the prerequisite courses (Set A) of Anatomy and Physiology, General Chemistry, Organic or Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Pathobiology. A minimum GPA of 3.0 among these specific prerequisites is required for application consideration.
  2. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) - The score of the TEAS V is ranked.
  3. 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.

Program Information

Download the 2013-2014 Accelerated Program curriculum here .

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).

More Information

Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to:

Carla Bulen

Administrative Assistant I
Idaho State University School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences
208-373-1785 (Office)



Questions related to technical aspects of submitting the online application should be addressed to:

Morgan Scadden

Idaho State University School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences
208.282.2325 (Office)