Become a Nurse in Idaho – Licensure & Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Idaho Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/27/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Idaho
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 Salaries

Idaho Nursing Salaries
ID Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Boise City Annual Mean Wage Idaho Falls Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $44,280 $46,760 $39,230
Registered Nurse $67,110 $68,990 $61,570
Nurse Practitioner $102,600 $111,970 $92,270
Nurse Anesthetist $143,270 $141,830 Not Available
Nurse Midwife $67,950 Not Available Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Idaho in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming 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 email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Idaho is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Idaho

According to the Rules of the Idaho Board of Nursing, advanced practice registered nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances for a $50 application fee. Thirty hours of post-basic education in pharmacotherapeutics is required for application.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Idaho

APRNs in Idaho include certified nurse-midwife (CNM), certified nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist (RNA), and clinical nurse specialist (CNS).

Education: Successful completion of a graduate or postgraduate approved advanced practice nursing program degree.

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: National Certification in Specialty Area

Fees:

  • $90 Application Fee
  • Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Renewal: APRN licenses are renewed every two years. APRNs must maintain their current registered nurse (RN) license or privilege to practice in Idaho, provide 30 contact hours of continued education, with 10 hours focused on pharmacology if the APRN has prescriptive authority. APRNs must also practice a minimum of 200 hours at the advanced level within the last two years before renewal.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Idaho

Education: Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $90 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: 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.

Renewal: RNs are required to complete 30 continuing education hours per renewal cycle, show proof of previous license renewal, and pay a $90 renewal fee.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Idaho

Education: Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $75 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a licensed practical nurse in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval. A $110 application fee and $42 fingerprinting fee are 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.

Renewal: Current fee for renewing is $90, and 30 continuing education hours for each renewal cycle is required.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information on APRN, RN, and LPNs in Idaho was retrieved from the Rules of the Idaho Board of Nursing, as of January 2020.

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  • Choose from one of four APRN specialty areas: AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, or WHNP
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Earn a Master of Science in Nursing online from Simmons University.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study

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  • Earn a CCNE-accredited MSN in as few as 21 months
  • Choose from part-time and full-time study options

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