Nursing (Professional) - PTE RN Program

FAQ - Nursing (Professional) - PTE RN Program

Nursing (Professional) - PTE RN Program

Is there a wait list to get into 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.

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.

It has been 15+ years since I was in college. Will everything transfer?

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!

Can I obtain additional points on the application for current medical certifications?

Yes - you can obtain additional points on the application for specific and current medical certifications.  Please refer to the AS in Nursing Information Sheet on the left-hand side of the page under "Resources" for an overview of how applications are scored. 

To calculate your application points, you must use the certificate with the highest points. Ex: If you have a CMA and an EMT certification, you will score a “2” not a “3."

  • Current Certificate in CNA or EMT = 1
  • Current Certificate in CMA or Paramedic = 2
  • Current (unencumbered) LPN License = 3 3.0
What if my only medical experience is dealing with an ill family member?

Caring for ill family members is considered as experience but must be documented on a Healthcare Verification Form with the signature of the attending physician and/or nurse.

What kind of medical experience do you prefer?

All types of health care experiences are encouraged, with an emphasis on direct patient care. If you are not sure whether or not your healthcare experience will fulfill this requirement, it may be worth your while to submit the completed Healthcare Verification Form, with your application, which will allow evaluators to either allow 1 point for the experience or not.

Can I transfer into a BSN program?

Nursing courses from associate degree programs do not usually transfer directly into BSN programs. However, once you have acquired the Registered Nurse license, there are multiple RN to BSN completion programs available to you. BSU has an online RN-BSN program, as well as an on-campus in-person RN-BSN program, for associate degree nursing graduates.

Does it matter whether I have Math 123 or Math 143 when I apply to the AS Nursing Program?

Applicants will receive the same amount of points on the application for either course. However, it is recommended, for the student’s benefit, and future coursework, that you complete Math 143 which may very well be a prerequisite for upper level coursework.

What prerequisites do I need before applying to the Associate of Science in Nursing Program?

(Please see the Associate of Science in Nursing Grid for further details) Math 123 or 143 or higher GE Math Course, Documentation of computer literacy by a satisfactory score on Computer Skills Assessment (CSA) or CISA 101 Computer Literacy Skill Development- CWI Catalog.  Also, please reference the AS in Nursing Information Sheet located under "Resources" on the left-hand side of the nursing website for step-by-step instructions on how to apply to the program and see how the applications are scored. 

Once accepted into the AS in Nursing Program what kind of grades do I need to maintain to pass?

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.

Did the LPN to AS in Nursing Bridge (3 semester) program merge with the AS in Nursing (4 semester) program?

Effective fall 2014, new College of Western Idaho (CWI) students with Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) status will enter the CWI Nursing program in a synergistic cohort model covering four semesters. This model will improve collaboration and support in covering the rigorous curriculum – benefiting all nursing students.

Previously, new LPN students did not attend the first semester of the program which led to challenges in adjusting to the academic setting and connecting with fellow students who were entering the second semester.

“We believe that this change will ultimately help students succeed in an inclusive learning environment,” notes CWI Nursing Program Chair Allison Baker. “Our goal is to provide nursing students with the best in education while at CWI so that they are successful in their nursing career.”

Why isn’t an essay still required for the AS in Nursing Application?

The AS in Nursing Application was updated to make the process easier for the applicants.  The essays were never scored so they were eliminated. 

When do you accept applications for the AS in Nursing Program?

We only accept AS in Nursing applications once a year (January thru March).  Please consider attending a Healthcare Information Session at least a year before you apply so that you are aware of the requirements and can adjust your coursework if needed.  The Healthcare Information Sessions are offered twice a month (Ada Campus & Canyon County Campus).  The schedule is listed on the left-hand side of the nursing webpage under "Resources" as well as in the Student Calendar. 

How do I get more information about applying to the health programs at CWI?

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)! There are students, just like you, who have lots of questions and concerns who attend these sessions. It is a great venue for gathering tips and strategies on how to become the most completive applicant you can be! Visit the calendar of upcoming events for a schedule of sessions.

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!