The Professional Nursing program is intended to be completed within six semesters and leads to an Associate of Science (AS) degree. The program includes theory and laboratory instruction, as well as clinical experience in healthcare facilities. Upon satisfactory completion of the Professional Nursing program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse. Upon passing this exam, graduates will be licensed to practice nursing in Idaho (or in whichever state the applicant has applied for the testing and license).
Admission into the Professional Nursing program requires a separate application process and is competitive. All students accepted into the Professional Nursing program must have a criminal background check at their own expense after admission into the program. Please see the program web page to obtain more information about the program and the admission process.
The Professional Nursing Associate of Science program at the College of Western Idaho has full approval of the Idaho State Board of Nursing.
Idaho Board of Nursing
280 N. 8th Street, Suite 210
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
Phone: 208.334.3110 Fax: 208.334.3262
Contact Person: Russ Barron, MBA
The CWI Professional Nursing program was approved in January 2013 for national accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Reaccreditation was awarded in March 2018 and is effective for eight years.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Note: Registrations for Nursing courses are restricted to students who have been admitted to the program.