College of Technology

Associate Degree Registered Nurse Program

Program Description

The prerequisite for entry into the Associate Degree Registered Nurse (ADRN) program is that the student be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). It is designed as a means for LPN's to earn their Associate of Science degree as well as eligibility to sit for the RN licensure examination.

Students in the ADRN program receive classroom, laboratory, and clinical practicum instruction that provide eligibility for them, as graduates, to write the NCLEX—RN licensure examination. Successfully passing this examination creates eligibility for the graduate to be licensed to practice as an RN in Idaho and other states as allowed by law. [Program graduation and Passing NCLEX-RN are not a guarantee for state licensure]. Graduates are prepared to render competent nursing care in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, medical offices, home health agencies, and health centers. [Note: Classroom is broadly defined to include all electronic formats].

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Degree Options

  • Associate of Science degree: Registered Nurse (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science (4+ years)
  • Articulation into baccalaureate and master's nursing programs (4+ years)

Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August
  • Two additional semesters of prerequisite courses are required
  • Coursework is offered through web-based and distance learning methods with the exception of mandatory clinicals and on-campus intensives
  • Must be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to apply
  • Program has a competitive application process

Program Requirements for Associate Degree Registered Nurse Program

The following criteria must be complete or nearly complete prior to application for admission (Due in October) into the Associate Degree Registered Nurse program:

  1. All students must first be admitted to the university. For information on university admissions, contact the College of Technology Student Services office at (208) 282-2622.
  2. Completion of the following prerequisite courses, or equivalents, with a grade of "C" or better: ENGL 1101, 1102; PSYC 1101; NTD 2239 or 3340 (preferred); BIOL 2221/2221L, BIOL 3301/3301L, BIOL 3302/3302L; MATH (any goal 3, MATH 1153 preferred); COMM 1101
  3. . A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 is required. This includes all post secondary course work.
  4. Active unrestricted licensure to practice as an LPN in the state of Idaho.
  5. Current CPR certification (Healthcare provider) from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
  6. Current immunization and good health status (per program policy), upon conditional acceptance into the program.
  7. . Background check and drug screening per department policy, upon acceptance into the program.
  8. IV Therapy certification of completion.

Upon completion, or near completion of the above criteria, submit an application to the College of Technology Student Services Office (208) 282-2622. Once application is submitted and complete, and eligibility verified, the candidate will take a nationally normed admission test that determines the students overall academic readiness to perform effectively in a nursing program. This test includes reading, math, writing and science. These scores are combined with cumulative GPA earned (includes all post secondary coursework), years of work experience as a LPN, employer/instructor reference, and documented adherence to nursing standards (reference) to rank-order applicants for each admission class.

Former College of Technology students who have been out of school one semester or more must complete the necessary forms in the Student Services office before returning to the program. Re-entering students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog effective at the date of their re-enrollment.

Students may choose any subsequent catalog to meet graduation requirements as long as they have continuous enrollment.

Career Opportunities

  • Medical and occupational clinics
  • Hospitals and emergency settings
  • Nursing and hospice care facilities
  • Home health care agencies
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Military

Program / Student Outcomes 2016

  • 87.1 %  of students passed NCLEX-RN on the first attempt
  • 91 %  of students have completed the nursing program
  • 91 %  obtained employment in the nursing field within 6-12 months

Cost of Attendance

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule which includes mandatory student health insurance. Students with existing health insurance coverage may waive student health insurance. Waivers are available at

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.


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