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Nursing Application for Bachelor of Science Nursing Program

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Thank you for your interest in submitting a nursing application to the Bachelor of Science nursing program. Whether you are a Boise State pre-nursing major, a transfer student or a student with a previous bachelor’s degree, we look forward to reviewing your application.

Application Deadlines
Start TermDeadline to ApplyApplication Available Online
Fall SemesterFebruary 15January 1 - February 15
Spring SemesterSeptember 15August 1 - September 15
Note: Applications must be received on or before the deadline for admission consideration.

Before you Apply to the Nursing Program

Please confirm that you meet the following course, grade and GPA requirements before submitting an application.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Admission to the nursing program is competitive. The School of Nursing accepts 60 students each fall and 60 students each spring into the Bachelor of Science nursing program.
  • The Kaplan Nursing Admission Exam will be required  to apply to the nursing program for applicants applying August 1 – September 15, 2018 for admission to the Spring 2019 cohort. Additional information on where and when to take the Kaplan exam will be available by the end of the Spring 2018 semester.

Admission Evaluation Criteria

Each year, there are many applicants who meet the requirements to submit an application. However, meeting the course, grade and GPA requirements does not guarantee admission. Applications are ranked based upon factors that include a candidate’s cumulative college GPA and their Admissions GPA (cumulative GPA from the following five pre-nursing courses):

  • BIOL 227
  • BIOL 228
  • MATH 254
  • HLTHST 207
  • CHEM 101/101L or CHEM 111/111L.

Conditions for Enrollment

Upon acceptance to the nursing program, students receive a welcome packet with the forms and information needed to enroll in nursing courses. All new nursing students must attend a mandatory orientation on the Friday before classes begin. Admission to the nursing program is contingent upon: 

  • Passing a Criminal Background Check and a Drug/Alcohol Test.
  • Completing any in progress pre-nursing courses with the required GPA.
  • Meeting certain physical/emotional requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation as per the School of Nursing Performance Standards.
  • Submitting a required Pre-Entrance Health Assessment Form.


Options for Students not Accepted to the Nursing Program

For those students who are not admitted to the nursing program, Boise State academic advisors and career counselors are available to help explore options, including alternative health care majors or careers that fit with your interests and strengths. If your plan is to reapply to Boise State’s program or to another nursing program, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor.

Contact an Academic Advisor or Career Counselor.

Lewis-Clark State College Nursing Program

Qualified applicants who are not selected for admission to the nursing program at Boise State can elect for their application information to be forwarded to the Lewis-Clark State College nursing program for consideration. To opt in and expand your opportunities to enter a nursing program, check the Lewis-Clark box on your School of Nursing application.

Read more about the Lewis-Clark/Boise State partnership.

Dual Enrollment in Associate Degree Nursing Program and Online RN-BS Completion Track

One option for students not admitted to the Bachelor of Science nursing program is to seek admission to an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.

Boise State has agreements with all Idaho community colleges that allow ADN nursing students to dual enroll in the online RN-BS program at Boise State. This option allows students to work simultaneously toward an ADN and a bachelor of science nursing degree.

Learn more about RN-BS Dual Enrollment.

Accelerated Degree Programs

An alternative path to complete a nursing degree is to complete a degree in another major, and then apply to an accelerated bachelor’s degree nursing program. Boise State does not offer this option, but a 12-month accelerated program is available at Idaho State University.

View ISU Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.