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.

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 Traditional four year nursing program.

The Idaho State University School of Nursing Traditional Nursing undergraduate degree is well-suited to students with no prior nursing experience who seek their first degree in nursing. This program is five semesters in length and admits 70 students every spring semester. 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 Traditional Nursing program provides learning opportunities for undergraduate students to prepare them for the role of the professional nurse in today's complex health care system and to take the National Council Licensure Examination Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) to secure licensure as a registered 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 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 online application for 2015 admission to the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will be open from June 2, 2014 through September 15, 2014.

The applicate is required to appy 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 = $836.00 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/Admisson Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to Idaho State University. Acceptance to the School of Nursing is competitive and meeting admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance. In addition to the general requirements of Idaho State University, the student must comply with the following School of Nursing requirements:

  1. Prerequisite courses - Addendum I.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher among Set A prerequisite courses for application and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher among Set A and B for admission.
  3. Additional application requirements Addendum II.

Acceptance to the SON is competitive and meeting admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Selection Process for the Traditional Bachelor of Science Program January 2015 admission cycle

Application deadline for the Traditional Nursing Program is September 15, 2014. Admission decisions will be sent via email no later than November 15, 2014.

Applicant ranking and selection is based upon 3 weighted criteria totaling 100 points

  1. GPA of SET A prerequisite courses - maximum of 60 points.
  2. Score of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) - maximum of 30 points a. The "Percentile Rank - Program" score is used for admission ranking.
  3. Education and nursing related employment documentation and verification - maximum of 10 points.

Program information

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.

More Information

Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to:

Mary Ovitt, MS, RN

Admission and Advancement Committe Chair
Idaho State University School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences