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Annual Application Period Coming

Applications for the Spring 2023 start will be accepted starting Sept. 1, 2022. Program application details are below.

Regardless of specialty or work setting, Practical Nurses (PN) provide patient care, advice, and emotional support to patients' family members.  PNs work with doctors and registered nurses to record patients' health histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests, operate equipment supporting the patient's healthcare, administer patient medications and treatments, and help with patient follow-up.

The PN program at CWI will prepare you to become a licensed practical nurse 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-PN exam.  Upon passing this exam, you will be licensed to practice nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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    Application Process and Requirements

    The application period has closed for the Spring 2022 program start. For more information on the program and to prepare for the next application period please contact your CWI Student Success Advisor.

    Classes beginning Jan. 2023 - Application period opens Sept. 1, 2022, and closes, Oct. 28, 2022.

    Application Process

    1. Complete CWI Associate Degree or Technical Certificate application and be accepted to CWI.
    2. Verify your prerequisite coursework by:
      • Reviewing the program Plan of Study on the Requirements Tab
      • View Your Progress on (Learn How)
    3. 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.
    4. Complete the NEW Practical Nursing Application and submit by the due date.
    5. Attend a mandatory Program Overview session, Nov. 4, 2022, at 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 4:00-5:30p.m.

    Practical Nursing Program Application

    Applicants will be notified via their CWI email of the status of their application after November 18, 2022.

    For help or questions regarding the Practical Nursing Program Application, please contact your Academic Advisor, or the Practical Nursing Department Chair:

    Allison Baker

    Students planning to continue onto the Professional Nursing program are encouraged to complete the Practical Nursing program prior to applying for the Professional Nursing program.



    College of Western Idaho is committed to empowering students to succeed by providing affordable and accessible education to advance the local and global workforce.

    College of Western Idaho Practical Nursing Program educates future practitioners in Idaho and the field of nursing. A graduate of the PN Program will serve their clients in a variety of settings in the community through caring, excellence, and respect for diverse populations.

    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.
    • 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.

    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

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