College of Technology

Practical Nursing Program

Program Description

The Practical Nursing (PNUR) program at Idaho State University College of Technology is designed to prepare graduates to take the practical nurse licensing exam and establish a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students may sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

The Practical Nursing program provides classroom, laboratory, and student nurse practicum instruction which prepares graduates for entry into practical nursing.

Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August
  • Additional semester required to complete prerequisite courses
  • Clinical hours vary and may require evening, weekend, or overnight rotations
  • Program has a special application process for admission
  • Upon successful completion of coursework, students may sit for the National Council
    Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN)

Degree Option

  • Practical Nursing Advanced Technical Certificate (2 years)

Completion of this certificate program entitles the student to pursue additional coursework to receive the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. For special application procedures contact College of Technology Student Services at 208-282-2622.

Associate of Applied Science degrees will articulate into the Bachelor of Applied Technology.

Associate degrees in health will articulate into the Bachelor of Science in Health Science.


Career Opportunities

  • Medical offices
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing and hospice care facilities
  • Home health care agencies
  • Temporary worker agencies

Program Information Sheet (pdf)

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.

Gainful Employment

Program Information
Admissions Information: Click Here
CIP Code: 511613
Certificate: Advanced Technical Certificate - Practical Nursing

Cost of Attendance
Tuition and Fees: $13,500.00*
Books and Supplies: $959.00
Room and Board $5,724.00**
Total: $20,183.00**

Completion Time
Normal Program Length: 4 Sem.
2011-2012 Completers: 53
Number Completed in Normal Time: 51
Normal Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled at ISU): NR %
Program Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled in program classes): 96 %

Employment Information
Jobs Related to These Programs
Occupations with each program area were identified using Department of Labor ONET Crosswalks.
Placement Rate: 94%***

Median Debt
Loan Amount:$9,500.00

NR On-time completion rates are not reported for programs with fewer than 10 completers in order to protect student privacy.

* Based on 2012-13 full-time, Idaho resident tuition and fee schedule.

** Based on 2012-13 double occupancy rates and 100 meal plus flex money plan.

*** Based on completer placement data from the 2011-2012 fiscal year submitted January 15, 2012 to the Idaho State Division of Professional-Technical Education (ISDPTE). Positive placement is defined by the ISDPTE as completers enrolled in the military, employed in a related training, employed in a field unrelated to training, or pursing additional education.