School of Nursing


The Idaho State University School of Nursing BS Completion Nursing Program undergraduate degree is offered to individuals who have their Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license. Although the path to their baccalaureate degree is different, the program is designed to promote articulation and remove barriers to educational mobility of RNs and LPNs in Idaho. Classes are taught primarily from the Pocatello 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 BS Completion Nursing program provides learning opportunities for students to prepare them for the role of the professional nurse in today's complex health care system. The BS Completion Program for LPNs also prepares them to take the National Council Licensure Examination Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) to secure licensure as a registered nurse.

Please see the BS Completion Program for RNs guide and the BS Completion Program for LPNs guide for more information about each particular program including admission and application requirements.

BS Completion Program for RNs Guide

BS Completion Program for LPNs Guide

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 School of Nursing's 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

The applicant is required to apply to Idaho State University and to the School of Nursing.

Apply to ISU
*There is a $40.00 application fee to Idaho State University.

Apply to the School of Nursing
*There is a $50.00 application fee to the School of Nursing.


Professional Fee for Nursing BSN = $836.00 per semester.

In addition to ISU tuition and fees, a professional fee is assessed for all undergraduate students in the School of Nursing. Professional fees for the undergraduate program are $836.00 per semester including any summer session regardless of number of credits in which the student is enrolled. There is also a $35.00 per credit e-ISU fee.

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

Selection Process for the BS Completion Nursing Program for RNs 2014 Fall admission

The Fall 2014 Application cycle for the BS Completion Program for RN's is open until April 30th, 2014.

More Information

Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to:

Kara McCurdy, BA

Academic Advisor
Idaho State University School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences
208-282-4481 (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)