Nursing & Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

S2 Class

Thank you for your interest in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Lewis-Clark State College!

Our program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Idaho Board of Nursing. Our graduates are highly regarded for their nursing abilities. Whether you are a college student looking to transfer to LCSC, a non-traditional student, or high school graduate searching for a professional nursing program, we hope you consider our BSN program.


The BSN curriculum is based on the liberal arts and sciences and specific support coursework. All pre-program courses must be completed prior to entering the program. Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) certification is required for program admission. C.N.A. may be completed in any state. LCSC's Workforce Training offers C.N.A. and C.N.A. equivalence options for qualifying individuals.

BSN Basic Track Curriculum

General Education Core


Applications to the BSN Basic Track are accepted twice annually. The application windows are February 15th - 28th for fall semester entry and September 15th - 30th for spring semester entry.

Admission is based on GPA, entrance testing, and patterns of grades earned in prerequisite coursework. The strongest candidates for our program are those who complete courses on the first attempt with better than average grades. The BSN Basic Track is an upper division program. All general education core and prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to the start of BSN coursework.

Screening criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all college level courses completed
  • Science & Math GPA of 2.5 in these courses:
    • Anatomy & Physiology plus lab (8 semester credits)
    • General, Organic & Biochemistry plus lab (4 semester credits)
    • Microbiology plus lab (4 semester credits)
    • Statistical methods
  • Grade of "C" or higher in all BSN support courses (English 102 (research writing), core level mathematics, anatomy & physiology, general/organic/biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition, pathophysiology, and human genetics).
  • Entrance test (TEAS) score of 59% or higher
  • Certification as a nursing assistant (C.N.A.) in good standing, or approved equivalency.
  • LCSC welcomes students from other countries who wish to study nursing in our program.  International students must meet certain language criteria in order to apply to the nursing program.  These criteria are established based on recommendations from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.  When testing is required, the  iBT or IETLS tests of language competency is used for all students for whom English is not the native and first language.  These tests must have been taken within two years of application to the nursing program.  

    TOEFL Scores for Non-native English Speakers:

    Minimum requirements for nursing:

    Language testing scores need to have been received within two years of the date of application to nursing in order to be acceptable for the nursing program.

    iELTS Score

    iBT Score

    Overall band score >/=    6.5

    Overall score >/= 84

    All sub-scores >/=       6.0

    Verbal score >/=   26

  • International students who have taken college or university courses in a country other than the United States, must have transcripts from all college carefully evaluated by an outside agency for transfer to our program.

Contact your academic advisor for assistance with the application process. The NHS Advising Center ( is available to answer questions for prospective students. Students not enrolled at Lewis-Clark State College must apply to the college and submit transcripts at least 6 weeks in advance of the BSN application window. Our FAQs page provides answers to common questions.

BSN Application

Entrance Testing ( TEAS / HOBET )

BSN Student Transfer Policy

Re-Entry Application


We welcome transfer students! This page contains links to several documents that may assist you in the transfer process.

Nursing & Health Sciences - Transfer Guide

LCSC Transfer Student Website

Other Transfer Student Curriculum Plans


If your question is not addressed on the FAQs page, please contact your academic advisor or the NHS Advising Center at or 208-792-2688.

Mission & Goals

BSN Program Mission Statement

To strengthen the health and wellbeing of the people of our communities by preparing students as professional nurses who engage in critical reasoning and creative thinking to design, provide, and coordinate exceptional nursing care in a dynamic healthcare environment.

BSN Student Outcomes

  1. Upon graduation, students are well prepared to function as a Baccalaureate nurse in a various healthcare settings.
  2. Graduates well-prepared to participate as a member of interdisciplinary healthcare teams.
  3. Graduates well prepared to understand and assume leadership roles in the healthcare system.
  4. Stakeholders who are satisfied with the BSN curriculum and educational experience.
  5. Students who successfully complete and graduate from the program.

BSN Program Philosophy

The faculty of the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, in support of the mission of Lewis-Clark State College, the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences and the BSN Program, is committed to providing an outstanding undergraduate education for the preparation of professional nurses. The philosophy of the BSN program reflects the beliefs of the faculty and is based on the synergy of three concepts:

  • The Science of Nursing
  • The Art of Nursing
  • The Teaching/Learning Environment

Synergy is the working together of two or more parts when the result is greater than the sum of their individual effects or capabilities.

We believe the Art of Nursing and the Science of Nursing are synergistic and within the teaching learning environment provide the philosophical basis for the BSN program.

We believe the BSN prepared professional nurse graduate is prepared to meet the challenges of an ever-changing healthcare environment, assuming leadership roles in the profession, advocating on behalf of clients and participating in the political processes impacting healthcare and the profession of nursing.

Science of Nursing

We believe that the nursing process is the scientific methodology whereby nurses plan interventions. It is the critical process of the science of nursing, a deliberate problem solving approach to meeting people's health care and nursing needs.

We believe that critical thinking and evidenced based practice and research are the foundations from which clinical reasoning and clinical judgment arise.

We believe that understanding the complexity of human needs requires extensive knowledge and integration of the life and social sciences.

Art of Nursing

We believe that Caring Practices along with the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics creates a compassionate, supportive, and therapeutic environment for patients, family members, communities and colleagues with the aim of promoting comfort and healing and preventing unnecessary suffering.

We believe the 7 C's of Caring define understanding of the caring concept for the nurse and the client.

  • Commitment - Commitment to relationship is essential to caring. Nursing is a mutual interactive process producing an experience where both the client and nurse benefit.
  • Compassion - Compassion means having an understanding of and being sensitive to situations and needs, understanding an experience from another's perspective.
  • Confidence - Encourages trust, truth, and respect without fear or conditions.
  • Competence - Combining judgment and skills with knowledge and experience to best serve the client.
  • Conscience - A process of valuing self and others. Conscience encompasses the principles of humanistic nursing care and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics.
  • Collaboration - working with others in a way that promotes/encourages each person's contributions toward achieving optimal/realistic patient/family goals. Involves inter-disciplinary work with colleagues and community.
  • Cultural Sensitivity - to recognize, appreciate and incorporate differences into the provision of care. Differences may include, but are not limited to, cultural differences, spiritual beliefs, gender, race, ethnicity, lifestyle, socioeconomic status, age, and values.

Teaching/Learning Environment

We believe in providing an environment that requires the student to be actively involved and to take responsibility for their learning.

We believe in and strive to create an interactive teaching-learning environment which embraces various teaching methods and modalities and takes into account student learning preferences.

We believe the faculty develops curriculum that facilitates learning that is responsive to the changing health care environment.

We believe that paramount to the curriculum are the AACN Professional Roles of Provider of Care, Designer/Manager/Coordinator of Care and Member of the Profession.

We believe in providing a safe environment that facilitates open communication where experiential learning is encouraged.

We believe that adult learning principles guide the curriculum. Students are encouraged to extend and refine previous knowledge and experiences to examine the complex meaning of nursing phenomena.

We believe that professional collegial relationships between faculty and students are essential.

We believe in fostering students' intellectual curiosity and a commitment to lifelong learning.

We believe that the faculty's teaching expertise, personal scholarship, professionalism and clinical excellence provides students with the tools to develop an expert level of practice as professional nurses.