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Frequently Asked Questions about Dual (Concurrent) Enrollment for ADN Students

What is Dual (Concurrent) Enrollment?

Dual enrollment is an option that enables associate degree nursing students to take RN-BS courses at Boise State while they are also completing courses in regionally accredited associate degree programs.

This option will help you to get a jump start on completing their bachelor’s degree and is especially beneficial if you plan to seek employment at hospitals that give hiring preference to “BSN” nurses.

Which courses can I take while I am an ADN student or prior to taking the NCLEX?

The following pre-licensure courses (14 credits) can be completed concurrently while you are enrolled in a regionally accredited associate degree program. Once you pass the NCLEX, you will be eligible to enroll in the post-licensure courses needed complete the RN-BS program.

CoursePre-licensure CoursesCredits
HLTH 280Introduction to Statistical Methods for Health Sciences (if needed)3
E-Learning Preparation for the RN - 1st semester only (5 weeks)1
NURS-RN 350Transitional Foundations (must be taken in the first semester)3
NURS-RN 392Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
Planning for a Financially Savvy Career & Retirement1
NURS-RN 422Care Coordination and Resource Management3
Nursing Roles in Healthy Aging (7 weeks)2
Vulnerable Populations (one section of 430 required, the other may be taken as an elective)
1 ea
Palliative Care (5 weeks)
Child Maltreatment & Healthcare (5 weeks)

Are there any prerequisites?

Yes, just one. You will need to transfer in an eligible 3-credit statistics course or enroll in a statistics course during your first semester taking RN-BS courses. View prerequisite information.

If your associates program will result in an ADN or AAS degree you may need other general education courses. Please contact an advisor for a transcript review.

Are there any summer courses available?

Yes. If your ADN is not a year-round program, taking RN-BS pre-licensure courses during the summer is a great way to earn credits toward your bachelor’s degree prior to completing your associate degree.

When do I need to take the NCLEX?

While you can take any of the pre-licensure courses prior to taking the NCLEX, there are several required courses that can only be taken by registered nurses. We strongly encourage you to sit for the NCLEX as soon as possible after completing your associate degree.

How do I decide if dual enrollment is a good option for me?

It’s important to consider whether concurrently enrolling in both an associate degree and bachelor’s degree completion program is right for you based upon your own goals, ADN credit load, and other family or work commitments. Therefore, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly advisors. We can help you decide if this option is right for you. If it is, we can help you create a manageable schedule and suggest pre-licensure courses that complement your ADN program.

Maura Rasmussen, Manager, RNBS Enrollment & AdvisingMaura Rasmussen, M.Ed
RN-BS Manager of Enrollment and Advising

Phone: 208-426-1768

About: Maura Rasmussen played an integral role in the development of the RN-BS Completion Track. She has guided hundreds of nursing students from admission to graduation and is frequently cited for her unparalleled commitment to helping her students.
Sara Smith, RN-BS Academic AdviserSara Smith, BA, MS
RN-BS Academic Adviser

Phone: 208-426-3458

About: Sara Smith incredibly excited to join the amazing team in the School of Nursing and will advise for the RN-BS Completion Track. Previously, she advised Pre-Nursing, Pre-Dietetics, and Pre-Dental Hygiene students in the College of Health Sciences Student Services and Academic Advising unit.

RNBS_Apply Now Link ButtonHow do I apply as a dual enrollment student?

The application process is the same for dual enrollment students. The only difference is that instead of providing your RN license number when you apply, you will provide this number before enrolling in any courses that require licensure.  View application process.