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Despite the availability of many short-term pathways to address the demand for more nurses, a four-year bachelor’s in registered nursing (BSN) remains the preferred type of education required by many healthcare institutions in the country.

A BSN is a comprehensive academic program that prepares nurses for a wide range of professional roles and postgraduate studies. The curriculum includes not just medical and nursing subjects but also liberal arts courses that prepare graduates for leadership roles in society, which is why forward-looking registered nurses without a BSN aspire to earn one.

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Responding to this demand, many colleges and universities in Idaho have separate programs for registered nurses wishing to further their nursing education. Two of the largest universities in the state – Boise State University and Brigham Young University – have a special curriculum for registered nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) who wish to pursue a full-term BSN degree.

A BSN degree also allows registered nurses to pursue postgraduate studies that further expand their career options and salary grades. Nurses with postgraduate degrees are in-demand at large hospitals like Saint Luke’s and Minidoka Memorial Hospital, because they have the education necessary to take on jobs normally reserved for physicians.

Below is a list of the best four-year colleges and universities in Idaho offering students from high school graduates to experienced RNs an opportunity to further their nursing careers.

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Boise

Boise State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northwest Nazarene University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Stevens-Henager College - Boise
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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Boise State University Boise
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northwest Nazarene University Nampa
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Stevens-Henager College - Boise Boise
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Brigham Young University - Idaho
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Idaho State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
Lewis-Clark State College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
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Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Idaho State University Pocatello
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program