BYU-Idaho offers an Associate of Science degree in nursing via a two track system. The first is a conventional two-year track, comprising four successive semesters. There is also an alternate track for more experienced students, who already have 48 credits or more before entering the program.
The conventional track’s sessions are held Monday through Friday during the day, as well as clinical while for alternate track the classes hold during the day, but clinicals are held by the weekends. The new entrant LPN’s that apply to the ASN program are provided an individualized program if accepted depending on their prior class work and experience.
About the school
Brigham Young University–Idaho (BYU–Idaho or BYU–I) is a private university founded in 1888 in Rexburg, Idaho. It is owned and run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the institution graduated from junior college to a four-year baccalaureate institution in 2001, though it remained known as Ricks College for several decades.
BYU-Idaho offers a wide range of programs in liberal arts as well as the agriculture, performing arts, sciences, engineering and management. The university is largely structured into six colleges, plus the parent organization – the Church Educational System (CES), sister sponsors schools in Hawaii and Utah. The attention of the university is on undergraduate education, offering over 70 bachelor’s degree programs and 18 associate degrees; and it functions through a three-semester system also called “tracks.”
It is required that students at BYU-Idaho follow an honor code, which necessitates conducts that are in line with LDS tradition (e.g., adherence to grooming standards and dress, academic honesty, and self-restraint from fornication and the intake of hard drugs and alcohol). Almost 99 percent of the university’s students are parts of the LDS Church, and a large proportion of the student body take a 24-month (men) or 18-month (women) lull from their studies to serve as missionaries. A BYU-Idaho education is usually less costly than comparable private universities, due mainly to an important financial support by LDS Church tithing finances, helping maintain low tuition rates.
Total annual program cost is around $9,498
Following are the minimum requirements for ADN-RN Nursing Program. Minimum admission standards include:
Two separate applications are required: one for Brigham Young University-Idaho, and one for the Nursing Program. In addition, the applicant must also submit “official high school and/or college transcripts” submitted separately to the BYU-Idaho Registrar and the Department of Nursing. Non-receipt of the applicant’s official transcript(s) by February 15 will invalidate the application and the student will not be considered for admission to the program.
All students with English as a second language will be required to pass the TOEFL Examination with a score of at least 580. Check your local college/university for availability. Brigham Young University-Idaho offers the exam by request only (contact the Testing Center at 496-1207).
Students are accepted into the Nursing Program following admission to Brigham Young University-Idaho, and following review and selection by the Nursing Admissions Council. Applicants will be notified of the decision by mail.
HIGH SCHOOL APPLICANTS
The Brigham Young University-Idaho Nursing Program is intended to integrate students immediately out of high school into the program.
In order to apply to the program, the student will have completed one full year of Chemistry with a grade of “B” or better.
Students coming from high school who have not completed one year of High School Chemistry or four credits of college level introductory general chemistry, will not be accepted in the program.
Recommended High School Courses: -Algebra II or higher – Nutrition – Human Anatomy and Physiology – Chemistry
Admission for High School applicants is based upon:
1. Academic Record
2. American College Test (ACT) scores: 22 minimum in each subscore with 25 composite
3. Chemistry requirement met
4. Science classes taken
5. TOEFL (see above)
6. API Standard (per BYU-Idaho Admissions Dept)is a combined index of ACT scores and adjusted GPA’s which incorporate honors/AP classes with high school GPA.
7. NLN Pre-Admission Examination(Information is included with each Nursing Program application)
If you did not complete one year of Chemistry in high school with at least a “B” grade, you must complete the following prior to entering the program (courses offered at Brigham Young University-Idaho):
Chem 101 Intro Gen chem – 4 credits
Bio 264 & 265 Human Anatomy and Physiology – 8 credits
Acceptance into the Nursing Program is based on college GPA and audit of college courses and credit (not to exceed 40 cumulative credits at the time of application). Students with greater than 40 credits will only be considered for the non-traditional track. For further information call Continuing Education at (208) 496-1040.
Admission for college applicants is based upon:
1. Academic Record
2. Science Courses Taken
3. TOEFL Exam (see above)
After being accepted to Brigham Young University Idaho
and prior to starting Fall semester, the student must:
1. Complete prerequisite courses.
2. Receive their confirmation letter from the Department of Nursing.
3. Return signed Acceptance Form by specified date.
4. Return completed Consent Form.
5. Provide documentation of current “Healthcare Provide CPR” certification.
6. Submit completed health questionnaire with immunization documentation.
7. Transportation: Students are responsible for, and assume the risks of, their own transportation to and from the clinical areas. Clinical experiences are completed in the communities of Rexburg, Idaho Falls, and Blackfoot. To achieve the best possible clinical education, students are assigned to various facilities in these communities.
Students may be required to participate in curriculum trips while in the program.
Each nursing student is required to carry student liability insurance against malpractice suits. The insurance fee is $10 per semester and is paid by Brigham Young University-Idaho.
Brigham Young University-Idaho
Department Of Nursing
Rexburg, Idaho 83460-0620
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