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...
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.
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Want to learn more about this program and other healthcare programs at CWI? Join a Healthcare Information Session to learn about the programs, what you can do to prepare for the programs, meet advisors and instructors, and ask questions.
The application period is closed for the Fall 2022 start.
Classes beginning Aug. 2023 - Application period opens Jan. 2, 2023, and closes, March 31, 2023, at 4 p.m.
- Complete CWI Associate Degree or Technical Certificate application and be accepted to CWI.
- If you have completed a bachelor's or master's degree, submit a Bachelor's Degree Transfer Credit Request form in advance of applying for the program.
- Verify your coursework by:
- Schedule and complete the Kaplan Nursing Admissions Exam with a passing score at a CWI Assessment and Testing Center in advance of submitting the program application.
- Complete the Professional Nursing Program Application and submit it with professional references by the due date.
The Professional Nursing program and Student Success Advising at CWI went through the application process and provided answers to questions during a March 16, 2022, webinar. A video is available from the program and advising to help. Nursing Application Video
For help or questions regarding the Professional Nursing Program Application, please contact your Academic Advisor, or the Professional Nursing Department Chair:
Note for Future Applicants
Applications for the Fall 2024 Professional Nursing program start will no longer include points for the following courses, Pathophysiology, Fundamentals of Nutrition, or Medical Terminology.
Statement of 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 a complex and rapidly changing health care system; providing a foundation for individual advancement, developing nursing leaders, and contributing 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.
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Professional Nursing - Associate of Science Degree
*See the Course Delivery Styles page for details about class options
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Summer 2022||Fall 2022||Spring 2023|
|Priority Registration Begins1||n/a||April 11||November 14|
|Open Registration Begins||February 28||April 18||November 21|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 14||July 30||December 17|
|Admission Deadline2||May 28||August 13||January 7|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||June 3||August 19||January 13|
|Tuition and Fees Due||June 3||August 19||January 13|
|Classes Begin3||June 6||August 22||January 17|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based upon their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Some classes begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Caring and compassionate nature
- Desire to serve others
- Keen observation and decision-making skills
- The ability to function well under stress
- Finely tuned verbal and written communication skills
- Nurses often lift up to 50 lbs, bend, reach, and kneel, and are required to have and use science and math skills in thinking critically
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
How do I apply to the CWI Nursing Associate of Science program?
- Complete the Admission Requirements to College of Western Idaho.
- Complete the Associate of Science Nursing Program Application
* Skip to the Pointers listed below for advice on how to submit a quality application.
Pointer #1: HEALTHCARE INFORMATION SESSIONS
Attend a Healthcare Information Session! They are offered twice a month!! The schedule is conveniently located on the main CWI Nursing page (under "Resources" on the left-hand side of the page). This is a great venue for getting answers to your questions and finding out what CWI has to offer in regards to our fantastic health programs!
Pointer #2: TRANSFER CREDITS
After transfer credits are evaluated, you will receive by mail, a Transcript Evaluation Report (TRER). It is recommended that you carefully examine your TRER to ensure that CWI has received and evaluated all of your transfer credits. Prior to submitting your AS in Nursing Application, it is strongly suggested that you run a Progress Report in the Nursing - Associate of Science (Professional) program (completed using the Student Planning tool in myCWI) to see exactly which courses are complete and which courses are still needed in order to submit a competitive application.
If you are transferring to CWI with a bachelor's degree and/or master’s degree, you must complete a Bachelor’s Degree Evaluation Request Form with any prerequisite and corequisite courses if you expect to receive transfer credit towards the AS degree. Submit the completed form to the One Stop Student Services Office. Please allow up to two weeks for processing. This form will generate a Transcript Evaluation Report (TRER) to be sent to you via mail. If this step is not completed, and your AS in Nursing application is processed, it will appear as if you do not have any transfer credits in your records.
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
CWI has an articulation agreement with Boise State University's RN-BS Online/Distance Completion Track which allows our graduates a seamless transition in obtaining their advanced degrees.
"Many registered nurses with an ASN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor's degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master's degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor's and master's programs, and programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession but hold a bachelor's degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement."
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
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 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.
Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree recipients, upon passing the NCLEX-RN exam, are qualified to work as a registered nurse in any structured healthcare setting. Those opportunities include: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, physician offices or clinics, home-health and/or any aspect of direct care for patients.
- Registered Nurse
Professional Licensure & Online Program Disclosure
Requirements for professional licensure in fields, such as health care and other fields, vary from state to state. If you live outside Idaho and are considering enrolling in a College of Western Idaho program that leads to a professional license, we highly recommended you visit the appropriate state licensing agency website in your state, or the state where you intend to work, to find the most up-to-date information about state licensure requirements before beginning the program. Find more information regarding licensure for this program.
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