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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program for RNs

The Idaho State University School of Nursing Bachelor of Science Completion Program for Registered Nurses (RNs) is designed to provide advanced education and expand opportunities for currently licensed registered nurses. Classes are taught primarily from the Pocatello campus through a hybrid-course model, integrating face to face and online formats into all courses. Clinical experiences can be completed in a student's geographic location within the state of Idaho. If you are an LPN interested in attaining your Bachelor's degree you are matriculated into the program.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion 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.

Program Information

The Idaho State University School of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion program offers the following:

  • Online and clinical courses (19 credits required)
  • Course work can be completed in two semesters based on Plan of Study
  • Credit for NURS 3120/3120L Health Assessment may be obtained based on achievement score on challenge examination
  • Clinical rotations can be planned in student’s geographic location
  • Online educational methods provide for flexibility in completion of course work

Please see the BSN Completion Program Information for the prerequisite and upper division nursing courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the General Education requirements prior to starting our upper-division nursing courses. Students are also encouraged to review the Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements.

If you have questions after looking through the School of Nursing website, please see the SON Frequently Asked Questions document for more information.


Cost of Attendance

Costs for tuition and general fees at ISU are listed on the Cost of Attendance web page on the Finance and Administration website.

Professional Fee for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs = $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.


The School of Nursing annually awards approximately $40,000 in scholarships, and the School of Nursing scholarship application is available annually in April.
Please see the Scholarship Office website for more information about scholarship opportunities available through ISU. For the list of nursing scholarships under Division of Health Science, please see the "Scholarship Listings by College" web page.

Scholarship Resources Outside of ISU

The ISU Scholarship Office also maintains a page with other scholarship resources outside of ISU.

Prerequisite Courses

Our 11 prerequisite courses are usually completed during a student's associates nursing course work and 1-2 additional semesters. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C grade or higher.

At least 20 of the 38 prerequisite credits must be completed prior to applying to the nursing program. We use all completed prerequisites combined with all completed ADRN courses to calculate the nursing application GPA and a minimum 3.0 GPA is required for the nursing application.

Any remaining prerequisite courses can be in progress during the semester the applicant applies, so long as the courses are successfully completed before starting the program. Most students will have about half of the prerequisites completed and then finish the remaining courses during the semester when they apply.

If courses are taken outside of Idaho State University, official transcripts verifying successful completion must be submitted to the ISU Registrar’s Office as part of the ISU application process.

Petitions to the School of Nursing may be required to establish equivalence for courses taken from other colleges or universities.

BSN Completion Program Information 

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite Course
 ISU Course
ISU Credits
General Biology with Lab BIOL 1101 & 1101L 4
Introduction to Microbiology with Lab BIOL 2221 & 2221L 4
Anatomy & Physiology 1 with Lab BIOL 3301 & 3301L 4
Anatomy & Physiology 2 with Lab BIOL 3302 & 3302L 4
Introduction to Psychology PSYC 1101 3
Child Development PSYC 2225 3
Introduction to Pathobiology BIOL 3305 3
Nutrition for Health Professionals NTD 3340 3
Introduction to Statistics MATH 1153 3
Medical Ethics PHIL 2230 3
Pharmacology for Nursing PPRA 3315 4


School of Nursing Petition Process

School of Nursing Petition Form

Petitioning Courses

For any course that does not transfer into ISU as equivalent, students are welcome to submit a petition to the School of Nursing to see if the faculty will accept their course in place of the given School of Nursing undergraduate requirement.  Students are also welcome to submit a petition for a course they would like to take to see if the School of Nursing would pre-approve the course for our undergraduate requirements.

Petitions must include:

  • A completed form, including a signature and date
  • A copy of the course description for the course (a course syllabus is preferred)
  • An unofficial transcript with course completion (not needed if seeking preapproval for a course)

Please send the completed information to the School of Nursing via email at sonadvis@isu.edu. Staff will process your petition and send to the faculty for review for the final decision. If the faculty approves your petition, an approved nursing petition means that your course will satisfy the undergraduate nursing requirement but will not show as equivalent to the ISU course in your ISU transcript. The petition process usually takes 2-3 weeks.

Petitioning Other Requirements

In some cases, students may want to petition School of Nursing requirements other than courses. These may include, but are not limited to, undergraduate nursing application requirements, undergraduate nursing admission requirements, or graduation requirements. These petitions must include:

  • A completed form, including a signature and date
  • A statement explaining the need for the petition
  • Any documentation you may have to support the petition

Students should contact the School of Nursing Academic Adviser for guidance on their nursing petition and/or University Petition.

Eligibility and Selection

The applicant is required to apply to Idaho State University and to the School of Nursing. The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to Idaho State University. Current Idaho State University students do not need to reapply to Idaho State University.

To apply to Idaho State University, please fill out an Undergraduate Application.
*There is a $50.00 application fee to Idaho State University. Apply as Undergraduate/Nursing Pre-major.

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 BSN Completion Program Information.

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher among completed prerequisite courses combined with completed ADRN courses for application eligibility.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher among all prerequisites and ADRN courses at the time of admission.

To apply to the School of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion program, please visit the ISU Community Moodle site.
*There is a $50.00 application fee to the School of Nursing.

Applicant selection is based upon the Prerequisite GPA - The GPA is ranked based upon the calculation of grades from the prerequisite and ADRN courses.

Spring 2018 Application and Admission Requirements for Fall 2018 Admission

BSN Completion Program Information

Spring 2018 Application Instructions for Fall 2018 BS Completion Admission

Spring 2018 Admission Instructions for Fall 2018 BS Completion Admission

Spring 2018 Application & Admission Checklist for Fall 2018 BS Completion Admission

School of Nursing Petition Form

There are two deadlines each applicant must meet:

  1. All prospective applicants are required to meet with a School of Nursing adviser no later than 5:00 PM on 4/16/18 to determine eligibility for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion program.
    1. The prospective applicant must bring to the meeting with the adviser 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 adviser to reference.
    2. Documents required as part of the application process will be reviewed to determine applicant eligibility for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion program. If eligible to apply, the applicant will be given access to the electronic application.
    3. Course petitions may be required to determine course equivalence and transfer into ISU and/or the School of Nursing to satisfy the prerequisite course requirements.
    4. Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with an adviser well in advance of the 4/16/18 advising deadline as obtaining documents and processing petitions may take 6-8 weeks.
  2. All prospective applicants must submit the electronic application and all application documents electronically no later than 5:00 PM on 4/16/18.
    1. Please see the Application Instructions for more details on the application and admission process.
    2. The application instructions, electronic application, and fee payment are available in ISU Community Moodle.
    3. If the prospective applicant does not already have an account in ISU Community Moodle, the applicant will need to create an account to access the application as well as upload the required documents for the application process.
    4. 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.
    5. The School of Nursing will accept late applications on a rolling basis through August 1, 2018 pending available space in the cohort.

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

More Information

Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to:

Abbey Hirt, BA, M.Ed

Academic Advisor

Office: Pocatello



To schedule a meeting, visit Abbey's You Can Book Me calendar.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209

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