RN to BSN in Idaho

There are currently over 12,000 registered nurses working in the state, and about 10,000 licensed nursing assistants, vocational nurses and nurse practitioners. The salary for a registered nurse in Idaho is about $60,000 annually, with nursing assistants and vocational nurses earning $23,000 to $40,000. Nurse practitioners earn the highest salaries by far, coming in at about $95,000 per year. An Idaho nursing license is transferrable to 23 other states.

A recent article reports that registered nursing is a “hot job” in South-Central Idaho, with predictions indicating the region will hire about 45 new nurses a year until 2022. The need for bilingual nurses is especially high, so speaking multiple languages is ideal if interested in living and working in this part of the state. New hires will also enjoy comprehensive benefits and retirement packages.

Featured Idaho Nurse

Jennie Johnson RN-BC, PhD
Author, Professional Speaker, Lifestyle Consultant
Recipient of the 2012 Cardiovascular Disease Graduation Prevention Award from the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

A BSN degree opens doors that are unimaginable. I graduated from a diploma program in 1974 and finally obtained my BSN in 2006. I enjoyed the experience so much that I completed my PhD in 2012. I wrote a new book: Wake Up Call 911: It’s Time To Reduce Your Risk for a Heart Attack and Stroke and started a telephone lifestyle counseling business, Living for a Healthy Heart, LLC.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Idaho

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Idaho’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Boise State University

$ 335 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: May 15
  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Bachelor's, RN-BSN completion track, master's and doctoral programs are all offered.
  • Healthcare Simulation Center is available on campus.
  • New Graduate programs offered include Adult Gerontology, Nurse Practitioner and Doctor in Nursing Practice.
Campus 1910 University Dr
Boise, ID 83725

Brigham Young University – Idaho

$ 312 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Priority Deadline Fall/Spring: December 1
  • Final Deadline Fall/Spring: February 1
  • Both BSN and RN to BSN programs offered.
  • Opportunities to study nursing in Jerusalem during Fall semester are available.
Hybrid 525 S Center
Rexburg, ID 83460-1690

Idaho State University

$ 328 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral nursing programs are offered.
  • Scholarships are offered.
Campus 921 S 8th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83209

Lewis-Clark State College

$ 307 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: August 8
  • Spring Semester: January 8
  • RN to BSN program offered online only.
  • Additional Programs in Radiographic Science and CNA are offered.
  • An Annual Nursing Olympics skills competition is held for students.
Online 500 8th Ave
Lewiston, ID 83501

Northwest Nazarene University

$ 395 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Not listed

  • RN to BSN program is offered online.
  • State-of-the-art labs and equipment available are on campus.
  • Opportunities to take medical mission trips to countries like Peru, Ukraine, Ghana, and Nicaragua are offered.
Online 623 S. University Blvd.
Nampa, ID 83686-5897

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Idaho that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Idaho that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Idaho has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Idaho is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Idaho RN’s with a BSN?

The Council of Nursing Education Leaders has completed an articulation agreement with the leading academic institutions for nurses in the state.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?



What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC recently placed a nurse on the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange Board and has begun implementing a leadership program.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?


Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?


Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

The AC is building relationships with different stakeholders and making interprofessional collaboration a part of their leadership initiatives.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

Reflecting the results of a recent survey, the AC has launched a state chapter of the American Assembly of Men in Nursing.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

The AC collaborates with other state organizations and makes recommendations for better data policy decisions.

Contact Info

Steve Millard

Idaho Hospital Association

Sandie Nadelson

Idaho Alliance for Leaders in Nursing

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Idaho Action Coalition page.

Idaho Licensing

Idaho is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the Idaho Department of Health and Human Services.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

Other State RNtoBSN Information

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