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Bachelors of Science in Nursing

  • Welcome Future Nurses!
    On Campus BS-Nursing Program

    Being a nurse is a exciting, challenging and rewarding career that offers rich personal rewards and exceptional opportunities for professional advancement.

Two female nursing students studying togetherWe are so pleased that you are considering Boise State for your nursing education. Our dedicated faculty provide students with a rewarding program of study that emphasizes the strong professional values, core nursing competencies and leadership skills needed in today’s complex healthcare environment.

As a nursing student at Boise State, you will gain the knowledge, skills and reflective clinical judgment required to deliver patient-centered, safe, quality nursing services to diverse populations. In addition, you will have opportunities to assist faculty with exciting research projects, to study abroad for a global health care perspective, and to engage in service learning programs that positively impact our community’s health care.

How to be Admitted to the Nursing Program

To apply to the nursing program, students must first complete pre-nursing course requirements and earn the required grades and GPA.  Admission to the BS-Nursing program is competitive and space is limited to 60 students each application cycle.

Please choose your student status from the following list for more information about application requirements.

Boise State Pre-Nursing Student

If you are (or plan to become) a pre-nursing major, please review the BS-Nursing Prerequisites and Application Requirements.

Transfer Student

If you plan to, or have already completed prerequisite courses at another university, please review the BS-Nursing Prerequisites and Application Requirements for Transfer Students.

Boise State Returning Student

If you previously attended Boise State and are returning with plans to apply to the nursing program, please review the BS-Nursing Prerequisites and Application Requirements for returning Boise State students.

Second Bachelor's Degree Student

If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree and now wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing, please visit see the BS-Nursing Prerequisite and Application Requirements for 2nd degree seeking students.

BS-Nursing At-a-Glance

The bachelor of science degree in nursing (BS-Nursing) at Boise State University is a CCNE accredited pre-licensure track that prepares students to become registered nurses.

Why Boise State?

At Boise State, we are committed to preparing nurses to provide caring, holistic, and quality nursing services while also helping our students to develop the leadership and inter-professional skills needed to transform health care.

We are proud that:

  • Boise State graduates consistently achieve higher pass rates for RN licensure than the national average.
  • The BS-Nursing program has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships over the last three years.
  • Our faculty are supportive teachers and passionate about nursing. We have an exceptional 8:1 Faculty/Student ratio.
  • BS-Nursing students are benefited by an accredited state-of-the-art simulation center that 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.


The BS-Nursing curriculum is designed to integrate theory and clinical skills into five integral concepts: Clinical Reasoning and Critical Inquiry, Communications, Experiential Learning, Global Worldview and Professionalism. These concepts are taught in:
  • Courses that include 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,
  • An inter-professional capstone, and
  • Clinical rotations at sites that include schools, district health departments, hospitals and health care clinics.

Graduation from the BS-Nursing program requires 120 required credits and is designed to be completed in four years (three semesters of prerequisite courses and a structured, five-semester nursing curriculum).

For more information, see the School of Nursing BS-Nursing Student Handbook and the Boise State University Catalog.


Earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing is an excellent investment and choosing Boise State University offers you a high quality nursing education an a manageable cost. In addition to reviewing the 2015-16 School of Nursing Cost Overview, we encourage you to review Boise State University’s Cost of Attendance for the most up-to-date tuition, fees, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses.
Cost Overview pdf

PROFESSIONAL FEE: Each semester, BS-Nursing students are assessed a nonrefundable fee that funds simulation time, supplies for labs, standardized tests, clinical placement, malpractice insurance, and other costs related to the specialization of nursing. Pre-Nursing students are not assessed a professional fee.

UNIFORMS: Nursing students are required to wear uniforms while in class and while participating in clinicals. We advise budgeting between $300 and $400 for the total cost of uniforms during the two-year BS-Nursing program.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS: Nursing students are responsible for costs associated with meeting health requirements and for getting a background check each semester.


If you have additional questions about the nursing profession, the BS-Nursing application process, or to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor, please contact us.

COHS Student Services and Academic Advising

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Schedule an Appointment Online:  Pre-Nursing Advisor
Call Us: (208) 426-1678