School of 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.

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.

The Idaho State University School of Nursing BS Completion Nursing Program undergraduate degree is offered to an individual currently licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). If you are an LPN interested in attaining your Bachelor's degree you are matriculated into the Traditional BS Nursing program. Click here for more information.

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 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 $50.00 application fee to Idaho State University.

School of Nursing course petition form


Professional Fee for Nursing BSN = $861.00 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

Application/Admission Requirements

There are two deadlines each applicant must meet.

  1. All prospective applicants are required to meet with a School of Nursing advisor to determine eligibility for the Accelerated BS Nursing program.
  2. A. The deadline for meeting with the advisor is no later than 5pm on 2/13/15.
      i. During the meeting with the advisor, documents required as part of the application process will be determined such as copies of all college transcripts.
    B. Course petitions may be required to determine equivalency and transfer into ISU and/or the School of Nursing.
      i. Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor well in advance of the 2/13/15 advising deadline as obtaining documents and processing petitions may take 6-8 weeks.
  3. The School of Nursing advisor will notify applicants when all documents are to be submitted electronically.
  4. A. The deadline for electronic submission of all application documents is 5pm on 3/13/15.
    B. Acceptance decisions will be made by 4/3/15.

Selection Process for the BS Completion Nursing Program

More Information

Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to:

Abbey Hirt, BA, M.Ed

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




921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209