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Idaho State University

Practical Nursing Program


Program Description

The Practical Nursing (PNUR) program at Idaho State University College of Technology is designed to prepare graduates to take the practical nurse licensing exam and establish a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students may sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

The Practical Nursing program provides classroom, laboratory, and student nurse practicum instruction which prepares graduates for entry into practical nursing.

Graduates Employed or Continuing Education Five-Year Average


Idaho Median Income


National Median Income


Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August
  • Additional semester required to complete prerequisite courses
  • Clinical hours vary and may require evening, weekend, or overnight rotations
  • Program has a special application process for admission
  • Upon successful completion of coursework, students may sit for the National Council
    Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN)
  • There is also a Vet-To-Nurse option that enables veterans with prior medical experience to acquire college credit towards their Practical Nurse Advanced Technical Certificate.


Degree Option

Practical Nursing Advanced Technical Certificate (2 years)


Practical Nursing - Veteran Intermediate Technical Certificate (1.5 years)


Completion of this certificate program entitles the student to pursue additional coursework to receive the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. For special application procedures contact College of Technology Student Services at 208-282-2622.

Associate of Applied Science degrees will articulate into the Bachelor of Applied Science.

Associate degrees in health will articulate into the Bachelor of Science in Health Science.

Career Opportunities

  • Medical offices
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing and hospice care facilities
  • Home health care agencies
  • Temporary worker agencies

Minimum Test Scores

SAT English: 360 Math: 360
ACT English: 14 Math: 14
ALEKS   Math: 14
AccuPlacer English: 232  

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