College of Western Idaho’s Registered Nursing program recognized its 2023 graduating class during a pinning ceremony Wednesday, May 11.Read more about ‘You are the Frontline of Healthcare’: 2023 Nurse Pinning Ceremony
Make Your Passion for Healthcare a Reality in Nursing and Train with the Best
Are you passionate about a career in healthcare and eager to make a positive impact in people's lives? The Registered Nursing program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is designed to guide you towards a fulfilling career in nursing. This comprehensive Associate of Science degree program includes theory, laboratory instruction, and clinical experience in various healthcare facilities, using state-of-the-art simulation practices. Upon completion, you will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam, the key step to becoming a licensed Registered Nurse.
CWI's Registered Nursing program emphasizes hands-on training, allowing you to develop clinical judgment and skills in real-world scenarios. Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the program assures you will be taught by faculty with advanced education and experience. With above-national average pass rates for the NCLEX-RN and a high job placement rate, this program positions you for quick employment in a high-demand field.
Degree or Certificate Type
Associate of Science
Time to Complete
The Fall 2024 program application deadline for Registered Nursing is Friday, May 17.
- Hands-On Training: Gain practical experience in skills labs, simulation labs, and clinical settings, honing your nursing abilities.
- Accredited Curriculum: Learn from a nationally accredited program, ensuring high educational standards and quality instruction.
- Degree Completion Partnerships: Benefit from partnerships with various universities for seamless transfer and degree completion.
- High NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: Excel in the NCLEX-RN with a program that boasts above-national average success rates.
- Strong Job Placement: Enter the workforce quickly, with a high job placement rate within three months of graduation.
Area of Study
Degrees & Certificates
Registered Nursing – Associate of Science Degree
Medical and Health Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.
Hourly Median Wage*
Annual Median Salary
Growth (2021 – 2031)*
*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.
Admission into the Registered Nursing program is competitive and requires a supplemental application process. Learn more about this process by attending a Healthcare Information Session and watching the program overview video.
- Apply to CWI.
- Choose Nursing, Registered as your major.
- Review the Registered Nursing Application Steps which includes details on:
- completing general education classes
- taking the Kaplan Nursing Admissions Exam
- verifying certifications
- and obtaining professional references.
- Complete the supplemental application process by the deadline.
Program Application Deadlines
- Fall 2024 – Friday, May 17
- Spring 2025 – Friday, Oct. 25
The Associate of Science Registered Nursing program at College of Western Idaho at the Canyon County Center located in Nampa, Idaho, is accredited by the:
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Science Registered Nursing program is continuing accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program on the ACEN website.
The Registered Nursing program is approved by the Idaho State Board of Nursing. 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 (RN).
Cost & Aid
As a student in this program, you may be eligible for financial aid and scholarships.
Are you a 2024 Idaho high school graduate? Learn how to get up to $8,000 of your tuition and fees covered at CWI through Idaho LAUNCH.
View the College’s state-of-the art lab spaces where you will receive hands-on, comprehensive career training.
Registered Nurse (RN)
Requirements for professional licensure in healthcare and other fields vary from state to state. Contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state or territory you intend to work to verify this program meets licensure requirements.
Already a student? We are here to help you navigate your educational journey, connect you to academic and support resources, and achieve your academic or career goals.
Plan ahead for a smooth transition to a four-year college or university. CWI has partnered with a number of institutions in Idaho to provide students direct access to transfer assistance and customized benefits.
The Student Nurses Association at College of Western Idaho brings together nursing students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses. Our goal is to develop nursing students who are prepared to lead the profession in the future through development of skills needed to be responsible and accountable members of the nursing community.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the student outcomes for the Registered Nursing program at CWI?
- 2023: 100% pass rate
- 2022: 89.00%
- 2021: 86.35%
- 2020: 89.50%
- 2019: 96.55%
- 2018: 96.55%
- 2017: 95.00%
- 2016: 97.50%
- 2015: 92.50%
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College of Western Idaho’s Professional Nursing program recognized its 2022 graduating class during a pinning ceremony Wednesday, May 12, at the Nampa Civic Center.Read more about 2022 Nurse Pinning Ceremony
Congratulations to Sean Muldoon, College of Western Idaho’s Staff of the Month for April 2021.Read more about Muldoon Named Staff of the Month for April
The celebrations continued this week at CWI with the Virtual Nurse Pinning Ceremony on May 13.Read more about 2021 Nurse Pinning Ceremony
Members of CWI’s Student Nurses Association continue their dedication to professional development and giving back.Read more about Student Nurses Association Thrives Despite Curve Balls
Congratulations to Cathleen Currie, College of Western Idaho’s Staff of the Month for January 2021.Read more about Currie Named Staff of the Month for January
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