TRADITIONAL BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
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 also well suited to students who are currently licensed practical nurses who seek their baccalaureate degree. This program is four 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.
The applicatant is required to appy to Idaho State University and to the School of Nursing.
For more information to apply to ISU cick here.
*There is a $50.00 application fee to Idaho State University. Apply as Undergraduate/ Nursing Pre-major.
Professional Fee for Nursing BSN = $890.00 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 and Admission 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:
- 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. For more information on the Traditional BSN prerequisite courses, please see the Traditional Program Requirements.
There are two deadlines each applicant must meet.
- All prospective applicants are required to meet with a School of Nursing advisor no later than 5:00 PM on 2/12/16 to determine eligibility for the Traditional BS Nursing program.
- All prospective applicants must submit the electronic application and all application documents electronically no later than 5:00 PM on 3/11/16.
A. The application instructions are available here.
B. The application instructions, electronic application, and fee payment will be available in Moodle ISU Community late in the Fall 2015 semester. We will post additional details at a later time.
C. If the prospective applicant does not already have an account in Moodle ISU Community (elearning.isu.edu/community), the applicant will need to create an account to access the application as well as upload the required documents for the application process.
D. The prospective applicant must meet with the School of Nursing academic adviser to complete the Advising Certification Form. The prospective applicant will be given access to complete the application and upload required documents only after the Advising Certification Form is uploaded in their Moodle account.
A. The prospective applicant must bring to the meeting with the advisor a copy of all college transcripts with the nursing prerequisite courses highlighted. If meeting via phone, the applicant must send electronic or faxed copies of transcripts for the advisor to reference.
B. Documents required as part of the application process will be reviewed to determine applicant eligibility for the Traditional BS Nursing program. If eligible to apply, the applicant will be given access to the electronic application.
C. Course petitions may be required to determine course equivalency and transfer into ISU and/or the School of Nursing to satisfy the prerequisite course requirements.
D. Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor well in advance of the 2/12/16 advising deadline as obtaining documents and processing petitions may take 6-8 weeks.
Acceptance to the SON is competitive and meeting admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
For more information on the Traditional BSN prerequisite courses, please see the Traditional Program Requirements.
Selection Process for the Traditional Bachelor of Science Program Fall 2016 Admission Cycle
Acceptance decisions will be made by early April 2016.
Applicant selection is based upon:
- 1. Prerequisite GPA - The GPA is ranked based upon the calculation of grades from the prerequisite courses (Set A).
- 2. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) - The "Percentile Rank - Program" score is used for admission ranking.
Please see the Traditional Baccalaureate Course Plan for the upper division nursing courses.
Please see the Nursing Curriculum Guide for a sample degree plan including all prerequisite and upper division nursing courses.
Review tuition, fees and costs:
*Idaho State University and School of Nursing costs related to attendance.
*The fees for the nursing program are $890.00 per semester.
If you have questions after looking through the School of Nursing website, please see the Frequently Asked Questions document for more information.
Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to:
Abbey Hirt, BA, M.Ed
Idaho State University School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences