"Our nursing students demonstrate the qualities of integrity, dedication, and knowledge that we expect from our profession!" - Nursing Program Chair - Allison Baker, MSN, RN

Program Overview

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Applications for our AS in Nursing Program (2014 fall start) will be accepted Jan. 1-March 3rd, 2014. Please note that there have been some updates to the AS in Nursing application effective immediately!  Please see the AS in Nursing Information Sheet (on the lower left-hand side of this page) for step-by-step instructions on how to apply.  Applicants will be notified via email of their acceptance, alternate or denial status on or before April 18, 2014. We encourage you to register for the summer/fall courses that you are planning to complete in the case of nonacceptance into the nursing program this year.

Under Requirements, please see the newly added "Pointers" on how to complete a quality AS in Nursing Application!  ATTEND A HEALTHCARE SESSION for valuable information!

College of Western Idaho Nursing Receives Accreditation!

Nampa, ID – On Tuesday (Aug. 6), the College of Western Idaho (CWI) Nursing program announced it has been approved for initial accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accreditation (NLNAC). The ACEN Board of Commissioners recommended initial accreditation for the program following a site review completed in late January.

“This national accreditation signifies the quality of CWI’s nursing program. Students’ graduating from the program and successfully passing NCLEX exam will be able to transfer on to bachelor and graduate nursing programs and receive preferential employability with healthcare organizations,” said Cathleen Currie, CWI Assistant Dean for Health and Human Services. “Garnering accreditation for our nursing programs involves virtually every area of our college from our One Stop Student Services team who help students through the enrollment process, to the faculty in our academic areas building the foundational skills, to the nursing instructors who provide exceptional hands-on learning opportunities for our students to succeed.”

Until now, the CWI Nursing program was considered a candidate for national accreditation. Approval of initial accreditation was awarded following a rigorous review process of CWI’s self-study report, the College catalog, curriculum review, a site visitor’s report, a recommendation by the Program Evaluators and Evaluation Review Panel. The new designation provides the program a five-year period to further develop areas of emphasis as identified by the Board of Commissioners, with an evaluation visit scheduled for spring 2018. The ACEN is responsible for the specialized accreditation of a wide variety of nursing education programs, including clinical doctorate, master’s, bachelor’s, associate, diploma, and practical programs.

“Our nursing program has been producing exceptional students with highly desirable skills,” notes CWI President Bert Glandon. “We are thrilled to have received confirmation from the ACEN for initial accreditation status and look forward to continuing to serve our community with affordable, quality educational offerings that support a strong workforce in the healthcare sector.”    

For more information on our AS in Nursing Program, please call 208.562.3000. 

Contact Information:
Idaho Board of Nursing
280 N. 8th Street, Suite 210
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
Phone: 208.334.3110
Fax: 208.334.3262
Online: www.ibn.idaho.gov

Contact: Sandra Evans, MA Ed, RN, Executive Director


National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020
Online: www.nlnac.org
Contacts: Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer

 Our Philosophy/Mission

We, the faculty, believe the Associate Degree in Nursing is the basic education necessary for registered nurses. This education prepares nurses to function in a variety of acute and long-term health care settings. The mission of the AS Nursing Program at CWI is to prepare individuals for Registered Nurse practice in structured care settings, including hospitals, long term care facilities, clinics and offices. Furthermore, the AS Nursing Program at CWI builds on the scientific foundations of nursing knowledge, while incorporating knowledge of biological and social sciences, and the humanities, thus providing the basis for graduates to advance their education both longitudinally and laterally. We also believe the AS Nursing Program at CWI has the ability to respond to community needs for the delivery of nursing education, given appropriate resources. The CWI AS nursing curriculum incorporates and reflects current nursing practice.

The AS Nursing Program philosophy is consistent with the College of Western Idaho mission statement and seeks to provide quality education in a positive learning environment that supports student success and the meeting of regional workforce needs.

Interested in going to work as a registered nurse? This program will prepare you to become licensed to practice nursing by providing you with a combination of theory and laboratory instruction as well as clinical experience in the area’s healthcare facilities. This program is approved by the Idaho State Board of Nursing, and upon satisfactory completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN. Upon passing this exam, you will be licensed to practice nursing as a registered nurse.

All students accepted into the College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Registered Nursing program must submit to a criminal background check at their own expense. Please see Professional Technical Education to obtain more information about program admission and the background check.

What kind of degree(s) can you earn?

*The AS Nursing program is 70 credit hours, including prerequisite courses

Requirements

Degree Plan

*The AS Nursing program is 70 credit hours, including prerequisite courses

How do I apply to the CWI Nursing Associate of Science Program?
1. Complete the admission requirements to College of Western Idaho.

2. Complete the Nursing Association of Science Program Application

* Skip to the Pointers listed below for advice on how to submit a quality application.

How do I apply to the Associate of Science in Nursing Bridge Program?
1. Complete the admission requirements to College of Western Idaho.

Pointer #1: TRANSFER CREDITS
After transfer credits are evaluated, you will receive by mail, a Transcript Evaluation Report (TRER). It is recommended that you carefully examine your TRER to ensure that CWI has received and evaluated all of your transfer credits. Prior to submitting your AS in Nursing Application, it is strongly suggested that you run a NURS.AS Program Evaluation (MyCWI account) to see exactly which courses are complete and which courses are still needed to submit a competitive application.

If you are transferring to CWI with a Bachelor Degree and/or Master’s Degree, you must complete a Bachelor’s Degree Evaluation Request Form with any prerequisite and co requisite courses if you expect to receive transfer credit towards the AS Degree. Submit the completed form to the One Stop Student Services Office. Please allow up to two weeks for processing. This form will generate a Transcript Evaluation Report (TRER) to be sent to you via mail. If this step is not completed, and your AS in Nursing application is processed, it will appear as if you do not have any transfer credits in your records.

Pointer #2: HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY
If you have not yet completed a college-level chemistry course and must use your year of high school chemistry with a “C” or better to fulfill the chemistry prerequisite, please make sure that an official copy of your high school transcripts are on-file at CWI! If not, we will be unable to verify that your chemistry prerequisite has been fulfilled and you will be disqualified.

Pointer #3: PREREQUISITE COURSES
Documentation from official transcripts or TRER must reflect completion of either one-year of high school chemistry or college-level chemistry (CHEM 101 or higher level), completion of college-level math (MATH 123 or higher) and a Pass on Computer Skills Assessment (CSA) or completion of CISA 101 OR BUSA 215 with a grade of “C” or above. Failure to successfully complete CSA, CISA 101 or BUSA 215 is the most common reason that applicants are disqualified.

What math course should I take if I am planning on obtaining an advanced degree in nursing?

  • MATH 143 – An advanced degree in nursing will likely require a statistics course. CWI’s statistics course (STAT 253) course has the prerequisites of Math 130 or 143.

Pointer #4: TEST OF ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC SKILLS (TEAS)
Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Completion of the TEAS is required. The cost will be determined by the company (ATI) and the CWI testing center. Exam study guides and information can be found online at: www.atitesting.com. The TEAS can be taken as many times as the applicant desires prior to the submission of their application. The highest score can be used for ranking purposes on your application. Remember to include a copy of your proctored TEAS assessment with your application so we know which of your TEAS scores to use.
Please call the CWI Assessment Center at 208.562.2542, 208.562.2440, or e-mail cwiproctor@cwidaho.cc for more information. TEAS scores are good for five years.

The following is taken from the ATI Web site (www.atitesting.com) under ATI Product Solutions, then Test of Essential Academic Skills: “This is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. The objectives assessed on the TEAS exam are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of nursing program applicants.”
Scores may not reflect which student has the biggest desire for a nursing career, but scores will show who has the biggest potential. Time Limit is 209 minutes with four-option multiple-choice with 170 total questions. Calculators may NOT be used for the test. Test results available 48 hours after completion of the test.

Scoring Example: If you score a 61.4% on the TEAS assessment, then your application will be scored with 6.14 points. Since 99% is possible, one can almost always increase their scores by studying and retaking this assessment. Generally, students are surprised to find out how difficult the TEAS test is so please go in prepared! There are no “good” scores or “bad” scores necessarily. It is your overall application score that we look at – not your individual TEAS score! If you need a refresher on how AS in Nursing Applications are scored, please reference the AS in Nursing Information Sheet located below Resources located on the left-hand side of this page.

POINTER #5: HEALTH PROVIDER CERTIFICATIONS
Include a copy of a current health provider certification with your application. While not required, this is a competitive program and these certificates will count towards your ranking points. The only certifications and/or licenses that will be accepted for application points, due to their direct relationship with nursing, are as follows: CNA, EMT, CMA, OR PARAMEDIC and/or verification of current and unencumbered LPN license (if applies). Expired or lapsed certifications will not be accepted.

CPR and First Aid Certificates are not awarded points on the application; therefore, we do not need copies enclosed in the application.

POINTER #6: WHAT SCORE IS RECOMMENDED IN ORDER TO SUBMIT A COMPETITIVE APPLICATION?
Before answering this question, the most important thing you should know about submitting a competitive application is how to calculate YOUR own score by using the application matrix listed on the bottom of page 1 of the AS in Nursing Information Sheet located on the left-hand side page of this page under Resources. Without understanding how the AS in Nursing applications are scored, how can you evaluate where you stand and how to improve your score?

Each year the candidate pool varies in regards to the minimum score that was accepted into the program. We calculate your scores to the 100th percentile (XXX.XX) so there can be numerous applicants with very similar scores. In 2012 the minimum score accepted was just over 28.50. In the year 2013, the minimum score accepted was just over 32.00.  *The two minimally scored applications from 2012 and 2013 were RESCORED using this current system.  They reflect what their scores would have been had they applied THIS year.

We hope that by knowing what the minimum scores of acceptance were for the past two years in our AS in Nursing program, you will better understand what to shoot for and how to submit a more competitive application in the future.

POINTER #7: HEALTHCARE INFORMATION SESSIONS
Attend a Healthcare Information Session! They are offered twice a month!! The schedule is conveniently located on the main CWI Nursing Page (under “Resources” on left-hand side of page). This is a great venue for getting answers to your questions and finding out what CWI has to offer in regards to our fantastic health programs!

Instructor info

Program Chair:

Allison Baker, MSN RN

Office phone:  208-562-2037

FOR GENERAL AND/OR INITIAL INQUIRIES:

1) Contact our One Stop Student Services personnel who are cross-trained in all of our health programs, student accounts, registrar, financial aid, and are available to assist students by email, by phone at 208.562.3000, or in person at a One Stop Student Services location.

2)  We highly recommend that you attend a Healthcare Information Session

Career Info

What kind of career can you expect?

Professional Nurses, and specifically RNs, regardless of specialty or work setting, provide patient care, educate patients and the public about various Health issues as well as provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members. RNs record patients' health histories and symptoms help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate equipment that supports patient health care, administer patient medications and treatments, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

Professional Nurses teach patients and their families how to manage their health care during health or illness. This includes explaining post-treatment home care needs; diet, nutrition, and exercise programs; and self-administration of medication and physical therapy. Professional nurses work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease.

Associate Degree (AD) Nurses (upon passing the NCLEX-RN Exam) are qualified to work as a Registered Nurse in any structured healthcare setting. Those opportunities include: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, physician offices or clinics, home-health and/or any aspect of direct care for patients.

What skills, traits, or prep classes would be helpful?

Individuals with a caring and compassionate nature who desire to serve others are essential for excellent nurses. Other necessary assets include keen observation and decision-making skills, the ability to function well under stress, and finely tuned verbal and written communication skills. Nurses often lift up to 50 lbs, bend, reach, and kneel, and are required to have and use science and math skills in thinking critically.