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Registered nurses (RNs) take on a great deal of responsibility in today’s healthcare system. They report directly to physicians, and oversee a team of other nurses and medical support staff, planning, implementing, and assessing a high level of patient care. RNs also give patients and family members advice and emotional support when they are coping with a serious illness. All of these responsibilities require not only clinical preparation, but also knowledge across several fields and behavioral preparedness to face and cope with patients and their loved ones in trying times.

Registered nurses are prepared for many of these challenges in their pre-licensure programs. There are two program options for RNs: either a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. ADN and BSN programs both require courses in relevant hard sciences such as biology, physiology, and pharmacology, and include supervised clinical practice to give students hands-on experience. Both programs also help students to prepare for the RN licensure exam. The main trade-off between the two programs is that the ADN allows you to finish your program and start nursing sooner, but the BSN will provide you a more comprehensive training, give you an edge on the job market, and make you eligible for higher pay.

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Registered nurses in the state of Idaho can expect to earn approximately $58,980 per year; this compensation is significantly higher than many other healthcare fields. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing is projected to grow significantly in the years to come, so there are plenty of employment opportunities. Some of the top employers in the state are Saint Luke’s Boise Medical Center, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

If you are considering becoming a registered nurse in Idaho, take a look at the below list of the top ADN and BSN programs in the state.

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Boise

Boise State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Carrington College - Boise
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
College of Western Idaho
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Northwest Nazarene University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stevens-Henager College - Boise
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Boise State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Carrington College - Boise
Associate's Degree in Nursing
College of Western Idaho
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Northwest Nazarene University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stevens-Henager College - Boise
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other Idaho cities

Brigham Young University - Idaho
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
College of Southern Idaho
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Eastern Idaho Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Idaho State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Lewis-Clark State College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
North Idaho College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Brigham Young University - Idaho
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
College of Southern Idaho
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Eastern Idaho Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Idaho State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Lewis-Clark State College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
North Idaho College
Associate's Degree in Nursing