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Bachelor of Science Nursing Program Overview


Nursing students attending lectureWelcome! We are so pleased that you are considering a future in nursing. The Bachelor of Science nursing degree provides students with the knowledge, skills and judgement required to become a licensed registered nurse (RN). The nursing program offers a rewarding program of study as well as opportunities to conduct exciting research, to study abroad for a global health care perspective, and to engage in service learning programs that positively impact others.

Pre-Nursing vs. Bachelor of Science Nursing Program

Unlike most programs at Boise State, students interested in completing a bachelor’s degree in nursing do not directly enter the university as a nursing major. Instead, students choose the pre-nursing major and spend the first 2-4 semesters completing the required pre-nursing courses.

Application Requirements

Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Each year, there are many students majoring in pre-nursing who meet the requirements to submit an application. However, the School of Nursing accepts only 60 students each fall and 60 students each spring.

  • Applicants to the nursing program must earn a grade of C (2.00) or above in all pre-nursing courses and have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or above in order for their nursing application to be considered by the School of Nursing for admission. View application instructions.
  • Pre-nursing courses may be taken at Boise State University or eligible courses may be transferred to Boise State from other schools. Some pre-nursing courses may be in progress when a student applies to the nursing program, but most pre-nursing courses must be completed before applying. View pre-nursing course requirements.

Nursing Program Curriculum

Nursing Program Courses PDFStudents accepted into the nursing program can anticipate a challenging academic experience that emphasizes the strong professional values, core nursing competencies and leadership skills needed in today’s complex healthcare environment. The nursing curriculum includes an inter-professional capstone course and courses in nursing leadership, health promotion, family health, mental health, environmental health, adult and pediatric care, medical and surgical care, psychiatric care, and public/community health and management.

In addition to didactic courses, nursing students complete clinical rotations at sites that include schools, district health departments, hospitals and health care clinics.

Points of Pride

  • Boise State graduates consistently achieve higher pass rates for Registered Nurse licensure than the national average.
  • The Bachelor of Science nursing program has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships during the last three years.
  • Our faculty are supportive teachers who are passionate about nursing. The nursing program has an exceptional 10:1 faculty/student ratio in our undergraduate clinical courses.
  • The accredited state-of-the-art simulation center at Boise State enables students to acquire and practice clinical nursing skills in a safe, controlled environment.
  • The School of Nursing has developed strong partnerships with local health care facilities that expand clinical experience opportunities for our students and provide key introductions to potential employers.
  • Our students participate in a variety of regional and international service projects.