School of Nursing
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The Master of Science (MS)in Nursing degree program is delivered online.

Nursing Education: The Nursing Education option prepares the graduate for a position in nursing education as well as the educator role in varied settings such as hospitals, health department, clinics, among other practice areas. Students are prepared as nurse educators and leaders to respond to current and projected changes in the health care system. Students are required to complete 43 credit hours which includes 336 lab/practicum hours in varied settings.

The curriculum pattern for the Master's in Nursing Education can be found here.

Online Application

Apply to Idaho State University
Starting Fall 2016, all application materials are submitted in one application. Applicants for Fall 2017 admission are encouraged to apply early.


Professional Fee for Nursing MSN

In addition to ISU tuition and fees, a professional fee is assessed for all graduate students in the School of Nursing. Professional fees for the Master's program are $1,080.00 per semester including any summer session regardless of number of credits in which the student is enrolled. There is also a $35.00 per credit e-ISU fee.

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.

Costs for tuition and general fees at
ISU are listed on the Cost of Attendance Page


The School of Nursing annually awards approximately $42,000 in scholarships.
See Idaho State University scholarship information

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following are required:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science degree (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized accrediting body for nursing education.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (calculated based on previous 60 credits of undergraduate coursework).
  3. English Proficiency Exams: Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of satisfactory scores on the English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (See Graduate Catalog for details).
    • Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for admission include: 1) Internet-based total test score of 80 with a score of at least 20 on each Section and 23 or above on the Speaking Section; or 2) Computer-based total test score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on Section 1 (Listening Comprehension); or 3) Paper-based total test score of 550 with a score of at least 55 on section 1 (Listening Comprehension).
    • Satisfactory IELTS requirement for admission include scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band and 6.5 on the speaking test component.
  4. Completed application to the SON by established deadline.
  5. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.
  6. Mandatory attendance at the orientation for the MS in Nursing program to be held on the ISU Pocatello campus in August of the year of admission.

Admission to the Education option is dependent on a full cohort as determined by the School of Nursing.

Application Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following are required:

  1. Application to the Graduate School AND to the School of Nursing with payment of appropriate fees (separate application process).
  2. Submission of official transcripts of all degrees including completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN or BS in Nursing) degree from an accredited nursing program. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the Registrar's Office of the applicant's previous institution(s) of study.
  3. Evidence of completing a descriptive or inferential statistics course with a C grade or higher within five years prior to start of the academic year of admission to the program.
  4. Submission of a professional essay (3-4 pages) describing education, research, clinical and life experiences that prepare the applicant for the MS in Nursing program, and how this preparation will faciliate career goals.
  5. Three professional reference forms attesting to the applicant's capacity and potential for Master's study. (It is recommended two references be from academic sources and one from a recent employer).
  6. Submission of professional vitae or resume.

*Students may be required to enroll in NEXus (The Nursing Education Exchange) courses as part of the MS in Nursing program which will require additional enrollment fee(s) per course in any semester.

Selection Process

Application for the Master of Science degree, Education option is now open for Fall 2017 admission.
Preference will be given to applications submitted by February 1 of any year. Notification of successful applicants for admission and alternates will be announced late April of any year.

More Information

Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to:

Karen S. Neill, Ph.D., R.N., SANE-A

Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Idaho State University School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences
208.282.2102 (Office)



Questions related to technical aspects of submitting the online application should be addressed to:

Jack Hadlich, BA, MS

Administrative Assistant I
Idaho State University School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209