Schools with MSN Programs in Idaho

  • Idaho State University offers tracks in Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership for RNs looking to advance their level of education. Aspiring nurse educators learn how to assume the role of teacher within a school, hospital, health department, or clinical setting. Completion of 38 to 40 semester hours of credit is required for both programs, including 288 lab/practicum hours in varied settings. Future leaders within the field will learn how to assume a higher level of responsibility within acute, ambulatory care, or community based settings. Both programs offered at the University are accredited by the CCNE.
  • Northwest Nazarene University, located in Nampa,is home to a CCNE accredited Nursing Leadership and Education program for RNs looking to earn an advanced degree. The University also accommodates nurses with an associate degree that are interested in getting an MSN; all they need to have is RN licensure. The school’s RN-to-MSN program is offered online for nurses interested in pursuing a career in education. Nurses with an associate degree typically finish the program within three years, while nurses possessing a baccalaureate degree generally complete their graduate-level studies in two years.
  • Offering CCNE-accredited instruction for nurses looking to earn a Master of Science in Nursing, the University of Phoenix is an online option that tends to provide a more flexible schedule for employed registered nurses. The online programs offered in Idaho include concentrations in Informatics, Health Care Education, Health Administration, or a combination of MSN-MBA in Health Care Management.
  • Stevens-Henager College also has an MSN program with the option of both online courses and on-campus classes offered on the Salt Lake City/Murray campus. Those interested in concentrating on Healthcare Administration or Nursing Administration may take advantage of both learning formats, while the Nursing Education specialty track is only offered online. All three programs typically take nurses about 15 months to complete.

Idaho MSN Checklist

  • Become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Idaho.
  • Earn an MSN degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Fulfill requirements regarding supervised clinical experience, if applicable.
  • Apply for licensure with the Idaho Board of Nursing (~ $90 fee) according to specific training, such as getting licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), when applicable.
  • Pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Idaho.

Idaho Salary & Job Outlook

Nurses who obtain a Master of Science in Nursing typically make more money than professionals with just a bachelor’s degree related to the field. It is the advanced degree that opens many other doors to higher-paying jobs across the nation because nurses are able to fill positions that demands more responsibility. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following median salaries for common MSN-degree related careers in Idaho as follows: medical and health service manager ($74,760), nursing instructor and teacher ($57,330), and nurse practitioner ($98,140).