The state of Idaho is known for a mountainous landscape and is great for wilderness explores. For adventurous nurses interested in obtaining an advanced degree, becoming a Nurse Practitioner and obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in the state of Idaho is a great option to boost your career.

Choosing a Nurse Practitioner Program

There are two main programs in the state of Idaho that are the most established. They have the highest number of students in attendance- Boise State University and Idaho State University.

Accreditation

When searching for nursing programs, select a program that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN). Both of these governing bodies ensure the program meets quality and integrity standards.

Program Length

MSN program length is approximately three years in the state of Idaho. DNP program length is approximately three years as well from BSN-DNP including summer sessions.

Program Cost and Credits

The average cost for MSN program is $750 per credit and $900 for DNP programs. Keep in mind, the tuition for students in-state is less than for students from out of state.

  • MSN total credits: completed in 50 credits
  • DNP total credits: average 78 credits

Online options

The schools in Idaho offer coursework online with four clinical rotations and three on campus clinics for the duration of the three-year program. This is a blended online school with some campus meetings for clinical.

Admission Requirements

To enter a MSN program in the state of Idaho, the requirements are as follows:

  • BSN from accredited nursing program with GPA of 3.0
  • Active, unrestricted RN license in the state of Idaho
  • Minimum one year of RN experience in an acute care setting or primary care setting
  • No GRE required
  • Undergraduate statistics and research course completed with a "C" or better

To enter a DNP program in the state of Idaho, the requirements are as follows:

  • Active, unrestricted RN in the state of Idaho
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • BSN from accredited nursing program
  • No GRE required
  • Undergraduate statistics course completed with a "C" or better
  • Two years previous healthcare of nursing experienced preferred

The follows specialties are offered in the state of Idaho:

  • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with the ability to specialize in acute are (AGACNP) or primary care (AGPCNP).
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

As with many advanced degree programs, a thesis or large capstone project will need to be completed upon graduation and the graduate must successfully pass an exam to obtain their credentials. After all this hard word, the graduate may start working as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Idaho.

Idaho Nurse Practitioner Agencies and Organizations

Schools That Offer Nurse Practitioner Programs in Idaho

There are many outdoor attractions in the state of Idaho and it boasts some well-developed Nurse Practitioner programs making it an optimal location to further education for nurses!

SchoolContact Information
Idaho State University
921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, ID 83209
(208) 282-2102
Northwest Nazarene University
MSN Programs
623 S University Blvd
Nampa, ID 83686
(187) 766-8496 x8