CWI Launches Practical Nursing Program

Published: November 2, 2018

College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) is proud to announce the addition of a new Practical Nursing program beginning January 2019.The three-semester curriculum (one calendar year) prepares students to become practical nurses by providing a combination of theory and practical instruction, as well as clinical experiences, in local healthcare facilities.

“CWI decided to start a Practical Nursing program after the Idaho Department of Labor and Idaho Hospital Association expressed a tremendous need within industry for these workers,” said Cathleen Currie, Dean of Health. “The College is excited to provide a pipeline, through this new program, helping to fill a vital role in healthcare. Local hospitals have already reached out to us offering clinical placements.”

Graduates will earn an intermediate technical certificate and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Once licensed, practical nurses work as an important member of the healthcare team in many settings including rehabilitation centers, long-term care and assisted living facilities, healthcare clinics, and correctional healthcare service facilities.

Applications for Spring 2019 semester are being accepted now through Nov. 15. For more information about the Practical Nursing program, including dates for upcoming Healthcare Information Sessions, please visit the program webpage or contact Andrew Miller at 208.562.2270 or

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