Welcome! 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.
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
Students 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.
- View or print the 5-Semester Nursing Course Schedule.
- View course descriptions for NURS courses in the Boise State catalog.
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.