Idaho Nursing License

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Idaho State Board of Nursingbefore applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 9/6/2013

Idaho Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse
$22,920$37,860$61,320 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Idaho can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Idaho nursing salary.

Idaho Nursing Scholarships

Below, find opportunities for nursing scholarships in Idaho. Click on the nursing scholarship’s name to learn more. For additional nursing financial aid options take a look at our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Nursing Scholarships in IdahoScholarship Amount

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Is Idaho a Nursing Licensure Compact State?Yes

Nursing License

There are many paths to become a nurse in Idaho. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Idaho, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Idaho nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Idaho, please let us know!


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Idaho Nursing Licensure Renewal”

Registered nurse (R.N.) licenses are renewed in odd-numbered years by August 31 of the appropriate year. The current fee for renewing prior to the expiration date is $90. R.N. licenses must be renewed along with advanced practice requirements and may be renewed up to three months before your license expiration date and up to one year after the expiration date.

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), and certified nurse specialists (CNSs) must complete a peer-review process at the end of each renewal cycle.

Nurses should look for continuing education accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or approved by the Idaho Board of Nursing.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Idaho

EducationSuccessful Completion of an Approved Advanced Practice Nursing Program; Although a Masters Degree Is Not Explicitly Required for Application, Many National Certifications Will Require a Masters Degree, and Man Advanced Practice Nursing Program Will Yield a Masters Degree ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications Fees$120 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications) ExperienceVaries for Different Certifications Certification RequiredNational Certification in Specialty Area RenewalAPRNs will show proof of 200 hours of advanced practice nursing in the preceding two-year period in order to qualify for renewal plus 30 hours of continuing education every two years. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with prescriptive authority must also complete 10 hours of advanced pharmacology, which may be counted toward the 30 total hours of continuing education units (CEUs) necessary for renewal. National certifications must also be renewed in order to maintain APRN licensure. Each certification agency has its own requirements for continuing education; contact your agency for details. Continuing education may be reported via the Advanced Practice Professional Nurse Continuing Education Activities Report. Nurses do not have to submit this form to the board unless they are selected for an audit, but they are required to maintain current records of CEUs. Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required for Application Return to Top

Registered Nurse (RN) in Idaho

EducationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program ExaminationNCLEX-RN Fees$120 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee ExperienceNone RenewalR.N.’s are required to complete 30 continuing education hours per renewal cycle, show proof of previous license renewal, and pay fees as mentioned above. Additional InformationNone EndorsementIndividuals Licensed as a Registered Nurse in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to Board Approval. A $110 Application Fee Is Required. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Idaho, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Idaho. Return to Top

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Idaho

EducationCompletion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program ExaminationNCLEX-PN Fees$105 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee ExperienceNone RenewalCurrent fee for renewing is $90, and 30 continuing education hours for each renewal cycle is required. Additional InformationNone EndorsementIndividuals Licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to Board Approval. A $110 Application Fee Is Required. Licensed Practical Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Idaho, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Idaho. Return to Top