School of 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 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

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


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. 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. Completion/Competitive score on Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V). Must be completed between May 15th & September 15th of application year.
  4. Verification of American Heart Association Basic Life Support (CPR/AED) for Healthcare Providers is required - Addendum II.
  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 16 of the application year. The criminal history check is required annually during the nursing program - Addendum II.
  7. Completed application to the School of Nursing by established deadline.
  8. Following acceptance and prior to enrollment, verification of immunization as specified in 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 by Mid-October 2014. Students accepted for admission to the SON are required to attend an orientation on the ISU campus, Pocatello, ID in early December 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

Download the 2014-2015 Nursing Curriculum here.

School of Nursing prerequisites and admisson requirements:

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:

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)