Idaho Nursing Colleges, Schools and Programs

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Idaho is an expansive state with an area greater than the entire New England region. It has a combination of rolling plains, mountainous regions, lakes, river basins, and forests. It is also home to the famous “Idahoan” potato and is often referred to by outsiders as the “Potato State”. Yes, Idaho has plenty of potato farms but there is much more to Idaho than its famous potatoes. It’s also known by some as the “Gem State”, as just about every precious gem known to man has been found in Idaho; one of which is the rare star garnet. Idaho itself is truly a diamond in the rough and it offers great opportunities for students, families and aspiring career professionals looking to establish their roots.

While Idaho isn’t the wealthiest state in the nation, with a gross state product (GSP) of nearly $45 billion it has a strong and growing economy. As you already known Idaho grows potatoes. In fact, roughly one-third of all potatoes produced in the United States come from Idaho. Agriculture (potatoes) make up a large part of the state’s economy. However, other industries including lumber, electronics manufacturing, mining, tourism and health care contribute to the states bottom line.

With a population of nearly 1.6 million, Idaho has strong and ongoing need for health care services and qualified nurses are always in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean hourly wage for Registered Nurses (RNs) working in Idaho is roughly $30 an hour, which goes a long way in a state where the cost of living is low compared to the rest of the nation. Idaho is a great place to work and live as a practical or registered nurse.

If you’re interested in a nursing career and are just getting started, Idaho offers a number of education and training opportunities. Currently, there are nearly a dozen approved/accredited nursing schools in Idaho offering everything from nursing diplomas to Master of Nursing in Science (MSN) degree programs. Many schools also provides various financial aid options and there are many scholarships available, especially for in-state students. Once you’re earned the appropriate degree or acquired sufficient training there are several state nurses organizations, including the Idaho Board of Nursing, Idaho Nurses Association, and Idaho Hospital Association, that can help comply with all state licensing requirements and explore employment opportunities.

Unlike other states that are facing nursing shortages, Idaho isn’t. Notwithstanding demand for nurses is still strong. Most nursing jobs will be found in major population areas and cities including Boise (pop. 205,000), Nampa (pop. 82,000), Meridian (pop. 76,000), Idaho Falls (pop. 57,000), Pocatello (pop. 55,000), Caldwell (pop. 46,000) and Coeur d’Alene (pop. 45,000). Some of the top nursing employers in Idaho include the following:

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There are 10 colleges and universities in Idaho that offer nursing degree programs of varying degree levels. Explore nursing schools below.


Boise State University

Boise State University logo
Location: Boise, ID
Student Enrollment: 23,854
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Brigham Young University-Idaho

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Location: Rexburg, ID
Student Enrollment: 44,821
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's

Carrington College-Boise

Carrington College-Boise logo
Location: Boise, ID
Student Enrollment: 440
Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

College of Southern Idaho

College of Southern Idaho logo
Location: Twin Falls, ID
Student Enrollment: 7,053
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

College of Western Idaho

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Location: Nampa, ID
Student Enrollment: 9,120
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Eastern Idaho Technical College

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Location: Idaho Falls, ID
Student Enrollment: 676
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Idaho State University

Idaho State University logo
Location: Pocatello, ID
Student Enrollment: 12,916
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Lewis-Clark State College

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Location: Lewiston, ID
Student Enrollment: 3,924
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's

North Idaho College

North Idaho College logo
Location: Coeur d'Alene, ID
Student Enrollment: 5,344
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University logo
Location: Nampa, ID
Student Enrollment: 2,157
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

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