FAQ - General
Nursing (Professional) - PTE RN Program
Many courses from accredited programs/colleges will transfer. In order to be sure of the transferring coursework, you will want to apply to CWI on-line, pay the $25.00 Application Fee and submit your official transcripts directly from each college/university to One Stop Student Services, MS 1000, PO 3010, Nampa, ID 83653. CWI will then evaluate your transcripts and send you a Transcript Evaluation Report by mail. You may also visit Transfer Information to view a conversion chart.
A student's GPA is calculated based on this equation:
Total number of quality/grade points divided by total number of credits taken = GPA
One of the best places to obtain all kinds of great information about health programs at CWI is to attend a bi-monthly Healthcare Information Session (Ada & Canyon County Campuses)! It is a great venue for gathering tips and strategies on how to become the most competitive applicant you can be! Visit the calendar of upcoming events for a schedule of sessions.
The top 40 scores, as determined using the published admission ranking criteria, will be accepted into the program.
Please consider attending a Healthcare Information Session at least one year prior to application. They are offered twice a month (Ada Campus and Canyon County Campus). By attending a Healthcare Information Session early in the process, you will be well aware of all the requirements and can make alternate plans to coursework if needed.
You can use BIOL 250 in place of BIOL 221 on your nursing application if you have completed BIOL 250 with a 'C' or higher and it is listed on your Biology Healthcare Program Evaluation. Manually write in '250' on the application and highlight the actual course on your enclosed program evaluation.
If I have completed my bachelor's degree and want to apply to the CWI AS in Nursing program, how do I find out what transferred to CWI so I can apply?
At CWI we do not automatically evaluate bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees. In order to find out what courses transferred to CWI, you need to submit a completed Bachelor’s Degree Transfer Credit Request Form.
Primarily courses are Monday thru Friday, during the day. This varies by semester and by clinical site. At this time, there are no online courses available for the AS Nursing program.
We accept new applications every spring for fall admission. There is no waiting list. Students who wish to be considered for application must reapply each year by resubmitting an application. Previously submitted applications will not be available to students who want to reapply. It is recommended that applicants keep personal copies of all the submitted documentation for the application process.
On Tuesday (Aug. 6, 2013), 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.”
Also see our Nursing page for more details.
Many courses from accredited programs/colleges will transfer. In order to be sure of the transferring coursework, you will want to apply to CWI online, pay the $25.00 Application Fee and submit your official transcripts directly from each college/university to One Stop Student Services, MS 1000, P.O. Box 3010, Nampa, ID 83653. CWI will then evaluate your transcripts and send you a Transcript Evaluation Report by mail. The Transcript Evaluation Report your key to knowing which courses transferred to CWI!
It has been years since I completed most of my college courses - what specific courses would you suggest I take?
If you are uncertain of course materials, you can choose to take any or all prerequisites over. Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology are all helpful along with Psychology, Math, and English skills.
My Biology Healthcare Program Evaluation already has a math course listed under the math requirements section. I want to use a different math course for my nursing application. Can I do that?
You can use any GEM 3 course (Math 123, 130, 143, 147, 153, 160 or 170) that you have completed with a 'C' or higher as long as it is listed on your Biology Healthcare Program Evaluation. Circle the course (below) on the application and highlight the actual course on your enclosed program evaluation.
At the very least, you will need a "C" or better in every course, and a "Pass" in every clinical/lab experience to progress to the next semester.
The Associate of Science in Nursing Program is 4 sequential semesters (fall & spring only) or 2 academic years, starting every fall semester.
What if I am almost done with my pre and co-requisites, I have submitted my application, and I am waiting to find out if I have been accepted?
Until you are accepted into a Healthcare Program at CWI, you may declare your major as Biology Healthcare. All the AS in Nursing pre and co-requisites are included within the Biology Healthcare Emphasis Associate of Science Degree. It is in your best interest to keep working towards completing an AS in Biology Healthcare while you are waiting to find out if you have been accepted into your desired healthcare program. If you are not accepted into the AS Nursing Program, you can still graduate with an AS in Biology Healthcare degree and transfer to any four-year college with your first two years completed!
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