School of Nursing
Graduates

TRADITIONAL BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

The Idaho State University School of Nursing Traditional Nursing undergraduate degree is well-suited to students with no prior nursing experience who seek their first degree in nursing. This program is also well suited to students who are currently licensed practical nurses who seek their baccalaureate degree. This program is four semesters in length and admits 80 students every year: 40 students for the Fall Semester and 40 students for the Spring Semester. Classes are taught primarily from the Pocatello campus through three formats: online, interactive telecommunication, and face to face. Clinical experiences are offered in the simulation lab and at a variety of off-campus settings, including community hospitals, community health facilities, service agencies, and schools.

The Traditional Nursing program provides learning opportunities for undergraduate students to prepare them for the role of the professional nurse in today's complex health care system and to take the National Council Licensure Examination Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) to secure licensure as a registered nurse.

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

Starting in the Fall 2016 semester, the School of Nursing will offer two program applications each year every fall and spring semester for admission the following spring or fall semester, respectively. The School of Nursing will admit 40 students for the Fall Semester and 40 students for the Spring Semester. The student's plan of study to complete the traditional baccalaureate nursing program varies depending when a student is admitted to start the nursing program.

Please see the Traditional Baccalaureate Course Plan for the upper division nursing courses and structure of the 4-semester nursing program.

Please see the Nursing Curriculum Guide for a sample 4-year degree plan including all prerequisite and upper division nursing courses. In the Nursing Curriculum Guide, the first page shows course structure to prepare for the spring application for fall admission, and the second page shows the course structure to prepare for the fall application for spring admission.

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

Finances

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 at http://www.isu.edu/finserv/costinfo.shtml.

Professional Fee for Nursing BSN = $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.

Scholarships

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 at http://www2.isu.edu/scholar/ 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 at http://www2.isu.edu/scholar/list_health.shtml.

Scholarship Resources Outside of ISU

The ISU Scholarship Office maintains a web page with other scholarship resources outside of ISU at http://www2.isu.edu/scholar/outside.shtml.

Eligibility and Selection Process

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.

For more information to apply to ISU cick here.
*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 Traditional Program Requirements.

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher among Set A prerequisite courses for application eligibility.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher among Set A and B at the time of admission.

The sections below will have information on applying to the School of Nursing Traditional program for Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 admission, respectively.

For more information and to apply to the School of Nursing Traditional program, please click here http://elearning.isu.edu/community/.
*There is a $50.00 application fee to the School of Nursing.

Applicant selection is based upon:

  1. Prerequisite GPA - The GPA is ranked based upon the calculation of grades from the prerequisite courses (Set A).
  2. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) - The "Percentile Rank - Program" score is used for admission ranking.

Fall 2016 Application and Admission Requirements for Spring 2017 Admission Cycle

Traditional Program Requirements
Fall 2016 Application Instructions for Spring 2017 Admission
Fall 2016 Admission Instructions for Spring 2017 Admission
Fall 2016 Application and Admission Checklist for Spring 2017 Admission
School of Nursing course petition form

There are three deadlines each applicant must meet:

  1. Applicants must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V) before 8/30/16. TEAS V scores will be due with the application on 9/15/16.
  2. All prospective applicants are required to meet with a School of Nursing advisor no later than 5:00 PM on 9/1/16 to determine eligibility for the Traditional BS Nursing program.
  3. A. The prospective applicant must bring to the meeting with the advisor 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 advisor to reference.
    B. Documents required as part of the application process will be reviewed to determine applicant eligibility for the Traditional BS Nursing program. If eligible to apply, the applicant will be given access to the electronic application.
    C. Course petitions may be required to determine course equivalency and transfer into ISU and/or the School of Nursing to satisfy the prerequisite course requirements.
    D. Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor well in advance of the 9/1/16 advising deadline as obtaining documents and processing petitions may take 6-8 weeks.

  4. All prospective applicants must submit the electronic application and all application documents electronically no later than 5:00 PM on 9/15/16.

    A. Please see the Application Instructions for more details on the application and admission process.
    B. The application instructions, electronic application, and fee payment are available in Moodle ISU Community at http://elearning.isu.edu/community/
    C. If the prospective applicant does not already have an account in Moodle ISU Community (elearning.isu.edu/community), the applicant will need to create an account to access the application as well as upload the required documents for the application process.
    D. 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.

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

Spring 2017 Application and Admission Requirements for Fall 2017 Admission Cycle

Traditional Program Requirements
School of Nursing course petition form

Application and Admission Instructions are currently being developed for this application. However, there are three deadlines each applicant must meet:

  1. Applicants may take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) starting 8/31/16. ATI TEAS scores will be due with the application on 3/15/17.
  2. All prospective applicants are required to meet with a School of Nursing advisor no later than 5:00 PM on 3/1/17 to determine eligibility for the Traditional BS Nursing program.
  3. A. The prospective applicant must bring to the meeting with the advisor 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 advisor to reference.
    B. Documents required as part of the application process will be reviewed to determine applicant eligibility for the Traditional BS Nursing program. If eligible to apply, the applicant will be given access to the electronic application.
    C. Course petitions may be required to determine course equivalency and transfer into ISU and/or the School of Nursing to satisfy the prerequisite course requirements.
    D. Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor well in advance of the 3/1/17 advising deadline as obtaining documents and processing petitions may take 6-8 weeks.

  4. All prospective applicants must submit the electronic application and all application documents electronically no later than 5:00 PM on 3/15/17.

    A. Please see the Application Instructions for more details on the application and admission process.
    B. The application instructions, electronic application, and fee payment are available in Moodle ISU Community at http://elearning.isu.edu/community/
    C. If the prospective applicant does not already have an account in Moodle ISU Community (elearning.isu.edu/community), the applicant will need to create an account to access the application as well as upload the required documents for the application process.
    D. 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.

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
Idaho State University School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences
Abbey Hirt
208-282-4481 (Office)

 

 


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