Dual Degree Program in Nursing (BS/BS)
The College of Idaho Cooperative Program in Nursing is a dual degree program in collaboration with Idaho State University (ISU). The program is designed for students to attend The College of Idaho for three years and one semester, and then enter the Idaho State University Nursing Fast Track Program in January of their fourth year. The ISU program, which lasts for 16 months, includes all professional requirements for certification as a Registered Nurse, including all clinical experiences. When students have successfully completed the ISU Nursing Fast Track Program, they will be granted dual Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from both The College of Idaho and Idaho State University.
Entrance into the Idaho State University program, as with all nursing programs, is highly competitive. Applicants to ISU's program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisite courses and in coursework completed at The College of Idaho, with no single grade among the prerequisites below a C. They must also complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) during the summer after their junior year. Once a College of Idaho student is admitted to the ISU Nursing Program, he or she must comply with the Department of Nursing student handbook. Students are advised to pursue a complementary major course of study along with the nursing prerequisites (though they do not need to complete the major if they are admitted into ISU's program). The number of positions in the ISU Fast Track Program is limited. Students who are not accepted into the ISU Fast Track Program during their senior year may complete a standard degree program at C of I, and then reapply to the ISU Nursing Program for entrance in January following graduation from C of I. Information on the ISU application process can be found at http://www.isu.edu/boise/p_bs_nursing_info.shtml.
During their course work at The College of Idaho, students will complete 105 credits and all College of Idaho Liberal Arts Core requirements, in addition to all of the prerequisite courses for the Idaho State University Nursing Fast Track. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at The College of Idaho.
Required Prerequisite Courses
To be completed at The College of Idaho:
- ATH-101 Cultural Anthropology
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
- BIO-120 Frontiers in Biology & Lab
- BIO-220 Organismal Biology
- BIO-303 Human Anatomy*
- BIO-304 Human Physiology*
- BIO-360 Microbiology & Lab*
- BIO-361 Pathobiology (may be taken on line from ISU)
- CHE-141 General Chemistry & Lab I
- CHE-142 General Chemistry & Lab II
- MAT-112 Introduction to Statistics
- PHI-202.3 Bioethics
- PSY-100 General Psychology
- PSY-204 Psychology of Child Development
*These courses must be taken at The College of Idaho.