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ACEN Accreditation

Students at GraduationAccreditation – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Boise State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326. Phone:  (404) 975-5000.  All educational options are approved by the Idaho State Board of Nursing.

Accreditation – Master of Science (MS) and Master of Nursing (MN)
The Master of Science and Master of Nursing degrees at Boise State University are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326. Phone:  (404) 975-5000.  All educational options are approved by the Idaho State Board of Nursing.

Why get a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing?
A variety of ways exist to obtain the education required to prepare for licensure as a registered nurse: a diploma through a hospital (not offered in Idaho), an associate degree, or a baccalaureate degree. Please consider beginning a career in nursing with a baccalaureate degree. Baccalaureate prepared nurses are prepared to practice in all health care settings. Completion of a baccalaureate degree will not only bring personal satisfaction, but opens professional doors that may not be available with an associate’s degree. In addition, many employers are specifically seeking bachelor’s prepared nurses when making hiring decisions.

A baccalaureate degree in nursing provides students with a solid base in the humanities and sciences through pre-requisite classes. The nursing program is based on five integral concepts: Clinical Reasoning and Critical Inquiry, Communication, Experiential Learning, Global Worldview, and Professionalism and Leadership. Course content includes nursing leadership, health promotion, family health, mental health, environmental health, adult and pediatric care, medical and surgical care, psychiatric care, and public/community health, management. Students learn theory, as well as clinical skills.

Why get a Graduate Degree in Nursing?
Nursing education is transforming to address the need for professional nurses who practice at the most advanced level. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2004, 2006) recommends that nurses practicing at the highest level should receive preparation that includes expansion of scientific knowledge, knowledge of complex health care systems and a focus on population health. In order to meet the demands for advanced nursing practice in Idaho, Boise State University School of Nursing has implemented a Master’s Program focused on Population Health Nursing.

Graduates of the MSN and MN programs have the ability to apply theories and frameworks from nursing and related disciplines to design, plan, implement, and evaluate population health programs. BSU nursing graduate students work with communities to determine assets and needs while applying evidence-based practice. Their expertise can be utilized in settings ranging from the community to acute care to education. Our graduates impact the health of populations through education, health policy and system changes.

Questions
For more information on accreditation, please contact the School of Nursing at 208-426-4143.