Finding accredited nursing degree programs in Idaho is easier when you're an undergraduate than when you finish your bachelor's degree. As Idaho is such a small state, you'll likely find that the state doesn't have many colleges and that few of those colleges offer advanced degrees for nurses. Before you start looking at online programs from schools outside of the state or giving some thought to moving for school, you should look at the top program in the state. This program features online classes that make it easier for students to find time in their schedules for their coursework and to keep working while enrolled in college.

Northwest Nazarene University

Department of Nursing

Northwest Nazarene University is a small private college in Idaho with a population of around 2,000 students. Established as a grade school in 1913 that also offered classes on biblical studies, the tiny campus only offered lower level classes for a few years before becoming a college. Though it is now a full university, NNU still remains committed to its roots. Students enrolling in the college must agree to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Though officially affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University welcomes students from different religious backgrounds who are willing to follow its established rules.

Master of Science in Nursing in Leadership and Education (online)

Most of the accredited nursing degree programs in Idaho focus primarily on nursing principles and practice, but the Master of Science in Nursing in Leadership and Education (online) available through Northwest Nazarene University has a religious element. Students learn how they can use their own values and principles when working with patients, supervisors and their coworkers. This program is also unique because it accepts students with either a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree and helps those with an associate's degree finish a master's degree. Applicants must also have a valid nursing license in the United States, a minimum GPA of 3.0 from their college years and experience working as a nurse. NNU estimates that most students will complete the program in two years and that those with an associate's degree will complete their studies in three years. The 36 semester hours of courses that students take include advanced pharmacology, population health, organization leadership and health policy.

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  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


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Not all nurses feel content working with patients day in and day out. Some like the idea of helping with the daily operations of different facilities and managing nurses and other healthcare workers. If you feel the same way, think about enrolling in one of the accredited nursing degree programs in Idaho that can help you gain more responsibilities at work.