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Professional Nursing Program at College of Western Idaho

Our nursing students demonstrate the qualities of integrity, dedication, and knowledge that we expect from our profession! Allison Baker, Nursing Program Chair

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Regardless of specialty or work setting, professional nurses (specifically RNs) provide patient care, educate patients and the public about various health issues, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members. RNs record patients' health histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate equipment that supports patient health care, administer patient medications and treatments, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

Professional nurses teach patients and their families on how to manage their health care during health or illness. This includes explaining post-treatment home care needs; diet, nutrition, and exercise programs; and self-administration of medication and physical therapy. Professional nurses work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease.

Read about the Nursing Program Receives Reaccreditation.

Application Process

Applications dates for classes beginning August 2022 will open Monday, January 3, 2022 at 8 a.m., and will close Friday, April 1, 2022 at 5 p.m. For those planning to apply in the future, please attend a bimonthly Healthcare Information Session for helpful hints on how to submit a competitive application!  The new application and reference forms for the Professional Nursing Program are now active. The link can be found below and also on the left hand side of this web page under Program Resources.

Professional Nursing Application

Please Note: Fall 2022 cohort applicants will be notified via their CWI email of the status of their application after Friday, June 3, 2022

If you are interested in applying, we recommend you watch this overview video from Department Chair, Allison Baker. Introduction Video

Program Accreditation

The Associate of Science nursing program at the College of Western Idaho at the Canyon County Campus located in Nampa Idaho is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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The mission of the ASN program at CWI is to prepare graduates to practice safe, competent, patient-centered care in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing health care system. We seek to expand individual advancement, develop nursing leaders, and contribute to Idaho’s prosperity.

Why This Program

This program will prepare you to become licensed to practice nursing by providing you with a combination of theory and laboratory instruction as well as clinical experience in the area’s healthcare facilities. This program is approved by the Idaho State Board of Nursing, and upon satisfactory completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN. Upon passing this exam, you will be licensed to practice nursing as a registered nurse.

May 2020 graduates: 89.50% pass rate
May 2019 graduates: 96.55% pass rate
May 2018 graduates: 96.55% pass rate
May 2017 graduates: 95.00% pass rate
May 2016 graduates: 97.50% pass rate
May 2015 graduates: 92.50% pass rate

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Human flourishing is difficult to define, but can loosely be expressed as an effort to achieve self-actualization and fulfillment within the context of a larger community of individuals, each with a right to pursue his or her own such efforts.
  • Nursing judgment encompasses three processes: namely critical thinking, clinical judgment and integration of best evidence into practice.
  • Critical thinking means identifying, evaluating, and using evidence to guide decision-making by means of logic and reasoning.
  • Professional Identity involves the internalization of core values and perspectives recognized as integral to the art and science of nursing. These core values become self-evident as the nurse learns, gains experience, and grows in the profession.
  • A Spirit of Inquiry is the persistent sense of curiosity that informs both learning and practice. A nurse infused by a spirit of inquiry will raise questions, challenge traditional and existing practices, and seek creative approaches to problems.


The Student Nurses Association (SNA) at College of Western Idaho aims to bring together nursing students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses. SNA promotes development of the skills students will need as responsible and...

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

News and Blogs

Congratulations to Sean Muldoon, College of Western Idaho’s Staff of the Month for April 2021.

The celebrations continued this week at CWI with the Virtual Nurse Pinning Ceremony on May 13.

Members of CWI’s Student Nurses Association continue their dedication to professional development and giving back.

Congratulations to Cathleen Currie, College of Western Idaho’s Staff of the Month for January 2021.

Applications for CWI’s healthcare programs are now open. Attend a Virtual Healthcare Information session to learn more.

CWI Nursing program continues to increase its capacity to meet the demand for training in this crucial healthcare sector.