Nursing & Health Sciences

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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

University of Idaho Transfer Student Curriculum Plan

  • Please email the Nursing & Health Sciences advising office for information on the Washington State University Transfer Student Curriculum Plan:

General Education Core


Applications to the BSN Basic Track are accepted twice annually. The application windows are February 15th - 27th 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.


Students who have applied to the BSN program and have been either fully admitted, provisionally admitted or are on the alternate list must attend an orientation to the nursing program.

Orientation to the nursing program is held immediately following notification of admission status.  Students who have been notified of full admission, provisional admission, or alternate status MUST attend the nursing orientation.

Date of orientation:  Orientation typically occurs on a Friday in the first two weeks of November (for Spring semester entry to nursing) or April (for Fall semester entry).

The healthcare field has many requirements to assure the safety of patients and representation of professional standards.  In orientation to our nursing program, students will learn the details of these requirements for beginning clinical and classroom experiences:

Immunizations:  There are strict requirements set for students by clinical agencies in which students practice.  Immunizations must be complete and authenticated by a deadline in order for students to receive full admission status.

Background Checks:  Students must register for specific background checks as well as establish their professional file in Certified Tracker by a deadline in order to be fully admitted to the nursing program.  These details are explained in detail during orientation.

Textbooks:  Our book publishing representative will provide specific information about textbooks specific to nursing.  There are important electronic components for textbooks that are required for participation in nursing coursework.

Uniforms:  Students need information for the acquisition of appropriate uniforms and nursing supplies required for the beginning of classes.

Students must fully meet the requirements for admission outlined in orientation by identified deadlines in order to assure final entry to the nursing program.

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, and beginning in Fall 2015 Communications).
  • 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)

Transfer From Another Nursing Program

Re-Entry Application


We welcome transfer students! Pre-nursing students wishing to transfer to LCSC to complete pre-requisite courses must apply for admission to LCSC as a "pre-BSN student".  A nursing advisor will be assigned once you have been accepted to LCSC.  The advisor will assist you with class registration. This page contains links to several documents that may assist you in the transfer process. Transfer students must call the NHS main division office (208-792-2250) prior to submitting their application for review.

LCSC Transfer Student Website

Military Provisional Acceptance Plan

Please check out the transfer guides below to see what courses you can take at your school:


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 & Outcomes

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.