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 Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 9/20/2015
|Nursing Licenses in Idaho||Master's Required?|
|Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNA)||Yes|
|Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)||Yes|
|Nurse Practitioner (NP)||Yes|
|Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)||Yes|
|Registered Nurse (RN)||No|
|Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)||No|
Idaho Nursing Salary Average
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Idaho can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Idaho nursing salary.
Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.
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!
Compact State Status
Idaho is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.
Prescriptive Authority in Idaho
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances for a $60 Annual Fee.
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 - Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Anesthetist, Certified Nurse Midwife in Idaho
Successful 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
Varies for Different Certifications
$90 Application Fee, $42 Fingerprinting Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
Varies for Different Certifications
National Certification in Specialty Area
APRNs 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. The renewal fee is $90
An Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required for Application
Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
$90 Application Fee, $42 Fingerprinting Fee, $200 Examination Fee
R.N.’s are required to complete 30 continuing education hours per renewal cycle, show proof of previous license renewal, and pay a $90 renewal fee.
Individuals Licensed as a Registered Nurse in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to Board Approval. A $110 Application Fee and $42 Fingerprinting Fee Are 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.
Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program
$75 Application Fee, $42 Fingerprinting Fee $200 Examination Fee
Current fee for renewing is $90, and 30 continuing education hours for each renewal cycle is required.
Individuals 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.