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Health Professions Division

Registered Nursing



Effective July 2, 2019, the associate degree registered nursing program at College of Eastern Idaho, at 1600 S.  25th E. located in Idaho Fall, Idaho 83404 is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). This candidacy status expires on July 2, 2021. [ACEN, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000]. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this candidate program at ACEN Nursing Candidate Status.

  • The CEI Nursing Department will be holding an additional PN to RN bridge application period. ALL applicants are encouraged to apply. Applications & videos will be accepted Monday, March 15th – Thursday, March 18th from 9 am – 4 pm.  Fall application packets are due October 4-8, 2021.
  • We will not hold a live packet workshop this year.

Application Packet Workshop

The Registered Nursing program is operated with the approval of the Idaho Board of Nursing. The course of study is designed to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills to function as a registered nurse. Classes consist of both theory and hands-on supervised experience. The supervised clinical experience is conducted at major health care facilities and agencies. Successful completion of the program requirements earns an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing and makes the student eligible to sit for the Idaho national licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a licensed registered nurse.

Enrollment in the RN program is limited. Because of the number of applicants, completion of all admission requirements does not ensure acceptance into the program. Candidates for admission are selected from the pool of qualified applicants using a point-based process.  CEI no longer requires students to complete a licensed practical nursing program as a prerequisite to enroll in its registered nursing program.

For more detailed information:  RN Admissions Handout

What do our students learn?

  • Monitor patient conditions
  • Update patient medical records
  • Discuss treatment with physicians
  • Perform tests on patients
  • Operate various medical equipment
  • Inform patients on health, conditions, and treatments
  • Perform basic and advanced Cardiac Life support
  • Create treatment plans
  • Give acute, long-term, home, hospice, ER, and critical care

Why this program?

This program will prepare you to become licensed to practice nursing in the State of Idaho by providing a combination of theory, lab instruction, simulation and clinical experience in local healthcare facilities. This program is approved by the State of Idaho Board of Nursing, and upon satisfactory completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

NCLEX Pass Rates (1st Attempt)

  • 2017: 100%
  • 2018: 89.7%
  • 2019: 93.6%
  • 2020: 92.9%

Program Completion Rates

  • 2016 (Fall only): 85%
  • 2017: 85.4%
  • 2018: 85.5%
  • 2019 (Spring only): 90%

Job Placement

  • 2017: 96.6%
  • 2018: 100%
  • 2019: 100%
  • 2020: TBD

How Long Will it Take?

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree (AND):
    • 1 full-time semester of qualifying prerequisites
    • 4 full-time semesters (24 months) in professional program

Where are our graduates working?

  • Regional Hospitals
  • Care centers
  • Home health care
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Physicians' offices
  • Urgent care centers
  • Surgical centers


99.26% - Average placement for graduates over the past five years

How much do our graduates make?

Over the last five years our graduates started out averaging $43,680 to $65,520*

(Based on a 2080-hour work year, wage information is given within the first year of employment)

ACEN Accreditation

The College of Eastern Idaho ADN program is currently in candidacy for accreditation through Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Contact Information:
3390 Peachtree Rd NE, STE 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

Idaho Board of Nursing

Contact Information:
Idaho Board of Nursing
280 N. 8th St. #210
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 577-2476

College of Eastern Idaho, 208.524.3000, 1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, ID 83404

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