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Idaho State and Kootenai Health join forces to meet statewide demand for nurses

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Idaho State University and Kootenai Health are pleased to announce the recent approval to expand delivery of the Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing (ABSN) undergraduate program to the Coeur d’Alene area. The program is currently offered at ISU-Meridian, with up to 50 seats available each year for the 12-month program there and at ISU’s main campus in Pocatello, with up to 40 seats available beginning in 2024. The new cohort in Coeur d’Alene will offer 10 seats for the 12-month program for its first year, and can grow from there. Following completion of prerequisite courses, students with a bachelor's degree in another discipline are eligible to enter the program, receiving accelerated education and training to become a nurse. 

This ABSN program expansion to northern Idaho addresses a growing demand across the state, and the nation, for nurses graduating with a baccalaureate degree, who are prepared to take the required exam, called the National Council Licensure Exam (NCEX-RN), and move directly into practice as a registered nurse.

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