boise state


Has anyone recently applied to the Boise State program? My fiance and I are planning on moving to the Boise area, from the Navajo reservation in Arizona. I was wondering how competitive it is. I have a prior bachelor's degree (which i completed only to get into a 2nd degree program when I was denied admission to a BSN program in Colorado) I also have an "A" in all my support courses, and a high overall GPA. I am also considering going to Apollo for my LPN. Would that increase my chances, or is it just as competitive that route? Just wanted some insight.

The poo we go through to become nurses!


89 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care.

Boise State is pretty competitive. They are changing the entrance policy and will be based on GPA from the core classes I believe. There is also Northern Nazarene University nursing (4 years), or you can do the fast track through Idaho State University its an 18 month program with a prior degree, there is an outreach office here in Boise. There is a community college about 50 miles west of Boise in Orgeon. I am not sure about Apollo, their LPN program just started here about a year ago. However I don't think that getting your LPN will increase your chances of getting into BSU. I could be wrong.

I transferred here from NAU in Flagstaff, and my experience with BSU nursing school was very good.

Good luck!

Otessa, BSN, RN

1,601 Posts

Has 19 years experience.

I agree with the earlier poster. I have co-workers (CNAs, Unit Clerks) who have applied 2 or 3 times and they are straight A students!


17 Posts

I had to apply 3 times to get in but I don't have an existing degree I believe that helps you out.


1,982 Posts

I had to apply 3 times to get in but I don't have an existing degree I believe that helps you out.

Does anyone know if Idaho has an accelerated BSN program for individuals who have a prior Bachelors Degree? Washington State does not. I am asking for a friend. Thanks.

Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN

Spokane, Washington

As a school nurse I work with BSU and NNU students, they are both wonderful programs. The BSU program is harder to get into but NNU is more expensive. There is a BSN program out of Nyssa Oregon (right over the Idaho/Oregon border). BSU just recently started a Master's program for nurses.:welcome::balloons::balloons:


13 Posts

If you had your LPN you can transition in to the Boise State program.

To get into to BSU you have to first take a placement test, that allows you to apply. It is hard to get in. You can also look at outside area schools such as CSI or ISU.


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Specializes in Med-Surg, LTC, var. clinical sites.

Idaho State U has a fast track. It is at the Boise campus, lasts 15 months, requires a Bachelor's in anything, some test, and some prereqs. I hear it's easier to get in to as it's not well known. Here's a site:

ps I'm in BSU's ADN and regretting not doing ISU.


2 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg, LTC, var. clinical sites.

oh, the application to start this spring looks to be due tomorrow, so it's too late this year unless you already have the materials together and tested elsewhere.

Specializes in L&D, Orthopedics & Public Health. Has 6 years experience.

I'm not sure about BSU's program, but I can tell you it took me 3 attempts to get into Idaho State Universitys LPN program. Which is now a 11 month program. I will say that it is very competive all over the state of Idaho. If I could have I would have applied to College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. They have a 2 year Associate RN program and it is top notch. It's better than any of the BSN programs at any of the universitys in the state. I know that it is competative, but well worth it. I think their dead line is February 15th. Good Luck to you.


54 Posts

Specializes in ICU.

Hey everyone who's looking- ISU's fast track program is fantastic, it's in Boise, the faculty are really interested in our success, and it's really well respected. Oh did I mention the 100% NCLEX pass rate? Small classes- there's about 20 of us...

requirements: BS, with some additional courses like A&P, micro, chemistry... TEAS test...

I'd highly recommend checking it out. search fast track rn

Good luck-

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